A Group Is Promoting Body Positively Through A New Nudist Travel Company
By: Eboni Walker
Six friends have come together to promote body positivity through nudity.
Patricka Hogue, Claudine Nicaisse, Richard Cantave, Michelle Jackson, Daphne Martin, and Shatora Thomas are all founders of the Black Naturists Association (BNA), which “advocates nudity through naturist environments and activities to help promote healthy body images and self-esteem for those in the black community.”
The group hosts multiple trips through the year that take individuals around the world. Some of their most profound vacations include Miami, Haiti, Mexico, and Curacao.
As the number of members grew, BNA signed a partnership deal with the American Association for Nude Recreation, which expanded their credibility.
The association welcome singles and couples who are looking to enjoy “beautiful mansions with private chefs and excursions on luxury yachts” in the nude.
The group started their mission in 2016 when the group “discovered a common interest in traveling to nude beaches and naturist friendly destinations around the world.”
In an interview with Essence, the founders of the group said they felt it was important to begin BNA to represent people of color in naturist spaces. They also noted that “the spaces [provided] on trips and meetups are free from any sexual pressures or overt sexual undertones. We realize that sex is healthy and natural, but we also want to make nudity normal without it being automatically associated with sex or sexuality.”
BNA said they want to change people’s perception of nudists and have a more opened mind.
“The immediate myth is that all nudists are swingers and engage in sexual activity during meet-ups or trips. However, we are not a sex or swingers club, and we have very specific rules around sex while on a BNA trip. We also have a zero tolerance policy as it relates to harassment of any kind,” the founders said.
When asked how they encourage women to embrace their nudist experience, the founders responded:
“For women that may be a bit hesitant, we recommend easing into getting naked at a nude beach or BNA trip. You can start with going topless and then take more off as you become more comfortable. Bottom line is once you get naked you’ll see that everyone is enjoying the space they’re in and isn’t worried or judging how you look. They will be admiring your bravery and probably your body as well. We all have the same parts, they just look different on each person, and we embrace it all.”
BNA is an association filled with many professionals. So, their member’s privacy is taken very seriously. “Pictures are never allowed unless first [approved] by everyone involved. We occasionally take group photos for promotional use, but before doing so, we make sure to get everyone’s consent. Before pictures are posted, we again check with participants if there are any concerns before releasing. In addition, although we have a public Facebook group where all can participate in discussions, we reserve a separate group for members to ensure their privacy,” the founders said.
The group has traveled to destinations in the US and abroad. They say that the acceptance of their nudity is taken differently everywhere they go.
“The views on nudity vary as widely as recipes for gumbo and potato salad! A lot of countries, the U.S. included, have a very conservative and limited view of nudity. The naked body is seen as something to be hidden, sometimes vulgar, and needs only to be revealed in relation to sexual activities or doctor visits. Other places have a much more liberal view and embrace nudity in a way that appreciates that everybody is beautiful, and people are free to reveal or expose themselves as they see fit.”
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Source: Essence, Black Naturists Association.