As a lover of beauty, books, and nudity, the concept of Naked Girls Reading is an alluring one: beautiful girls read a thematic mixture of prose and poetry to an audience, while seated naked on a small stage.
So on 5th July 2011 I attended the Naked Goddesses Reading event for an evening of mythical reading at the Paradise by way of Kensal Green, London. The three goddesses–Sophia St. Villier, Glory Pearl and Lily Miss-Chevious–were, quite naturally, radiant, which coupled with their impeccable reading, demure posture and piquant reading list made for an evening that was in equal parts contemporary as it was classical.
From the traditional gravitas of Homer, through to the popular stories of Thomas Bullfinch and the contemporary words of Margret Atwood’s The Penelopiad, the evening was lightened with poetry from The World’s Wife by Carol Ann Duffy, and acted as a temperate and enjoyable dance through the realms of mythology.
While nude reading is unlikely to remain anything but a niche interest, it is, above all, an excellent opportunity to listen to quality public reading. Although the combination of nudity and reading might appear tawdry to some, it is perhaps reminiscent of the nudity of the ancient Greek Olympics, showing that nudity has a long tradition of being the ideal way of performing in front of audiences.