So, Today I would like to share some personal thoughts with you. It’s not often I share my opinion, because I believe everyone is entitled to their own. In this case I feel different about that. Not only because it’s a controversial subject, but I wanted to let you guys know where I stand on this matter. I always said that I would never, ever wanted to express myself under the image of ‘Playmate’. Personally I can’t stand the fact that women are being objectified. Or even worse... That some women put themselves in that position. We are not toys that aim to please. On the contrary… I believe we, as women are capable of creating extraordinary things: we bring life to this world, literally! That in its own way is already the purest form of art. And then we haven’t even been talking about the gracious intoxicating form of our bodies. The smooth dynamics of a female body has been an inspiration for artists thoughout history of mankind. How is it possible we as women aren’t aware of this supernatural power we possess? How is it possible that women, no matter what culture or age, have been property of… Men…? I mean, even here in Belgium, it wasn’t possible for a woman to have an independent bank account up until 1978… Lots to say about this but it’s not 1978 anymore.
So, this is my story…
Ever since I’ve been doing what I’m doing, freely expressing myself in artistic nudity, a bunch of ‘naked/erotic’ magazines reached out to me to be featured. I always declined because of their superficial, unilateral vision. For me being sexy isn’t about wearing red lipstick and a pushup bra. It’s about being your true, natural self… And not to be afraid to show this.
I never thought my story in their context would be a match. In this case, Playboy NL offered me total freedom of content when they heard I went to Thailand. For me this was an opportunity to show a different angle on nudity to a broad public.
Jasper and I shot these images during our 3-week jungle travel. Whenever we had some time in between and we were inspired by our surroundings, we just goofed off with the camera. Instinctive wandering, nothing planned out… And that exactly reflects my opinion of attraction, spontaneity, excitement, intimacy… It’s not something you play, it’s something you are.
Island Mornings. To wake up here is not a challenge, not a struggle to get out of bed. Effortless I got pulled up, feeling light as a feather. Every sound, every smell goes in crescendo. Sensations swindle my rationality. I don't overthink, I feel. I don't plan, I experience.
Every morning, I am caught by this natural Wave. Part of that everlasting ritual, I am floating, overtaken by sound and aroma, airdriven like a kyte.
You can find me there every morning, blanket draped around my shoulders like a cape, absorbing every element. Fearless as a child.