Written by Artemide De Blanc
Photos by Luca De Nardo
One question first of all. What does being a woman mean to you today?
Being a woman today is an adventure that requires courage, the courage to be ourselves… it sounds banal but expressing one’s point of view and living as we like, sometimes doing right and sometimes doing wrong, is an act of courage: unfortunately it is a world in which others have already decided how we should be and how we should behave
It means playing different roles together: mother, daughter, worker, partner or wife, without forgetting to be women for ourselves. It means having the freedom to choose but with the knowledge that we have to be ready to defend ourselves against prejudices and judgments arising from our own choices…
What is sensuality and eroticism for you? Do you think anything has changed in recent years and if so, for the better or for the worse?
Sensuality for me means being totally connected with ourselves and with our own feeling: seeking and discovering our own pleasures with the means we have available such as our body, our voice, our gaze… Eroticism, on the other hand, is something that falls more into the sphere of sexual instinct, becoming a tool for psychological as well as physical stimulation… I don’t know what has changed; but I think that today we tend to seek immediate satisfaction, losing the pleasure of enjoying everything that comes before, such as desire, conquest, imagination…
A naked woman or a nude of a woman? What is the difference for you?
The difference lies exactly in the message one intends to communicate….
A naked woman is simply stripped of everything: clothes, make-up and all that is needed to disguise her. A nude of a woman is something else. It’s when you put art, elegance, beauty. For me, the nude of a woman can only be compared to a work of art and through it can simply communicate the eternal beauty of the female body and nature. You only have to see the works of Titian, Velazquez or Botticelli to understand the difference.
In your modeling career, do you have more remorses or regrets?
Neither of the two. I have given a lot to photography and photography has given a lot to me, more than I expected! I have shot with incredible artists, both Italian and foreign, and it has been a journey full of satisfaction!
Why should a woman who has never done it undress in front of a lens?
I believe that a woman who has her body photographed by an artist should bare herself in front of the lens, whether this means undressing or not… it is not a question of showing her body but of showing herself whether she is vulnerable or strong, confident or tender, sensual… the important thing is that she is real… why? Because it is a beautiful experience that very few occasions allow you to feel free without feeling judged..
What evaluation would you give yourself when you stand in front of a camera?
Haha, I don’t know, it depends on how much harmony there is with the photographer… but even when there isn’t the maximum understanding I always try to give my best!