Nude recreation refers to recreational activities which some people engage in while nude. Historically, the ancient Olympics were nude events. There remain some societies in Africa, Oceania, and South America that continue to engage in everyday public activities —including sports— without clothes, while in most of the world nude activities take place in either private spaces or separate clothing optional areas in public spaces. Occasional events, such as nude bike rides, may occur in public areas where nudity is not otherwise allowed. While nude recreational activities may include sports such as tennis or volleyball, nude sporting activities are usually recreational rather than competitive or organized.
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Sex helps sell sports. But when the topic of sex leaves the world of racy beer commercials and sideline cheerleaders, to touch the lives of individual women pursuing their sporting dreams, things get a little more personal and the debate gets a good deal more fierce. Enter the Canadian women's rugby team, one of the world's very best.
A women's health magazine has faced backlash following a decision to use topless body-painted female models to promote an awards night for Australian sportswomen. Four nude women painted themselves to look like sport stars and posed for photographs on the red carpet alongside real athletes at the Women's Health I Support Women In Sports Awards in Sydney on Monday night. The models were painted in different Australian sporting team uniforms, including a gymnastic leotard, a swimming costume, a netball dress and Cathy Freeman's iconic Sydney Olympics running suit.
United States WWE superstar and former women's champion and actress Ronda Rousey posed nude and covered in just body paint for Swimsuit Illustrated magazine. American alpine skiist Lindsey Vonn appeared in nothing but body paint for Sports Illustrated magazine. Radwanska was excluded from a Catholic movement in Poland following her dare bare act. Hope Solo, the controversial American soccer player, also posed in the nude for a sports magazine. German figure skater and world champion Katarina Witt bared it all for Playboy in The issue was a sold out one. US Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard posed in the buff for an anti-fur ad campaign. Japanese paralympic athlete Maya Nakanishi stripped to gather funds to take part in the London Paralympic Games. When tennis professional Vera Zvonareva posed nude for a photo shoot, the lady's following doubled up almost instantly. Former tennis star, Ashley Harkleroad went down to the bare minimum while posing for Playboy.