France's interior minister has defended topless sunbathing after police asked a group of women on a Mediterranean beach to cover up. The three were approached by officers on the beach in Sainte-Marie-La-Mer following a complaint from a holidaying family. A press release posted on Facebook by the Pyrenees-Orientales police said the incident happened last week. Two officers asked three people on the beach to cover their chests, after a request from a family concerned about children present. Their action prompted a wave of criticism online.
Nude French Women: A New Photo Collection Released In Paris
The scene was anodyne: women were sunbathing on a beach in southwestern France last week, bare breasted. But it seemed too much for a nearby family with children. They complained to police officers, who asked the women to cover up, even though no national law prohibits beachgoers in France from going topless. The kerfuffle, which unfolded on Thursday in Ste.
The pictures depict 32 beautiful French women who posed naked and naturally for a series of portraits by photographer Sonia Sieff. The beauty is natural, the sensuality obvious and the femininity alive. She wanted to expose French women "without pose or filters" and added that "retouched, they are not the same.
What does this mean, exactly? Oft-debated questions about the female gaze spring to mind, and while such a topic is implict throughout the project, for Sieff it was more about the relationships that the process of capturing these images required. I started with women I knew for a long time — then it was easier to convince the other ones.