A celebration of Michelle L'amour, internationally known as "The Most Naked Woman". This fantastic book features over 200 nude photographs of this spectacular performer, ranging from the subtle and artistic to the hotly erotic. Ten photographers interpret her beautiful nudity, including vintage Playboy photographer Bunny Yeager and burlesque photographer extraordinaire Jeff Millies (PEZ).
From the jacket...
"Conceived as another expression of the powerfully vulnerable sexuality of Michelle L'amour, "The Most Naked Woman" quickly took on a life of its own. After combing through literally hundreds of candidate photographs, the ones that most deeply articulated the nakedness of this woman began to speak for themselves.
It soon became apparent that this project was less the compiling of a book than it was the curating of an art collection. In this case, the artist painted emotional works with the sheer energy of her skin.
There is no intentional chronology here, though you're welcome to find your own. There is no burlesque here, no tease. This is vulnerability, without helplessness...a woman unguarded, yet fundamentally strong. Lusty, compelling, feminine, determined?violently courageous and heart-breakingly fragile. Frank, exposed, laid bare in every sense of the word. And in such an enduring manner as this book.
But in revealing herself in such a tactile way, are we also forced to let down our own guard?
For the first time, the artist now invites you to walk through this immutable gallery as enthusiast, participant, lover, habitue' and voyeur.
Franky Vivid is a poet and burlesque producer who splits his time between New Orleans and Chicago. He is married to burlesque star Michelle L’amour, with whom he co-founded the international literary salon Naked Girls Reading in 2009. For the last four years he has been the curator of the Everleigh Social Club in Chicago, an experiment in using Cyprianism to inform the operation of a private arts club. Vivid is a Freemasonic Knight Templar and founder of Paradise Garden #7. His other, more casual, musings can be found at nolatogeaux.com and cookingforstrippers.com, for which “I t’s New Orleans” called him “one of the most colorful characters in the New Orleans food ecosystem.” For more on Cyprianism and a continuing discussion about elements of The Seed and its underlying Philosophy and Practice, visit him at www.cyprianism.com.