Celebs In the Buff, Girlish Giggles, and A Worthy Cause

One of the week's hottest trending topics on social media was the March issue of Marie Claire magazine. This issue is the magazine's annual Naked Issue, in which a selection of South Africa's best-known media personalities bare it all between the pages of Marie Claire, in support of The Lunchbox Fund.

While a group of naked celebrities is always sure to set people's tongues wagging, this year it seems the excitement was heightened by the picture of one Boity Thulo. The Rockville actress is shown posing in what appears to be a steam room with her back to the camera. Of course, by "her back" I mean "her bum"- and that is what had people in a frenzy. For at least two full days after the issue went on sale, my timeline was flooded with tweets and memes with the hashtag "Boity Reaction". The magazine has taken advantage of this hype, and is running a picture competition with cash prizes up for grabs- just send a picture of yourself reading the Naked issue to stand a chance at winning.

Now, I'm not sure if people had not expected Boity to pose naked, or if this particular edition of the Marie Claire Naked Issue comes at a time when people are at an all-new level when it comes to obsession with famous people, but the reaction to this picture was a little confusing to me. I mean, people being naked in the media is definitely not something new- so why the extreme reaction? Clearly, there is something I am missing.

Well, whatever it was, it got people talking about the magazine, and more importantly about the cause behind the pictures. In previous years, I didn't care much for this issue of Marie Claire- my thoughts went along the lines of  "ugh, naked people *shudder*". I thought this was just the magazine's yearly opportunity to have gratuitous amounts of nudity in the book, in an effort to 'push the boundaries of art'. Boy, was I mistaken! I take it all back, Marie Claire.

I respect what you're doing here. I mean, I don't think I would ever pose naked in a national publication (that's more to do with my own hang-ups, than any 'moral superiority' I could claim to have), but the fact that these 30-something people all joined together to do something impactful and raise awareness is admirable. I trust that the proceeds from the sale of every copy of this March issue will go to the Fund, and be used appropriately.

Now, about my own reaction to the pictures. Well. The first thing I thought was "ohimigod, the awkwardness! I can't. I could never". Then I saw page 47 (and 48 and 49), and I burst out laughing. I'm not proud of myself- I thought I had left that type of behaviour behind in Grade 8- but alas. It's the expression on Slikour's face, though. And the ladder- why is there a ladder. What  was the conversation in the room while the photographer was trying to get the shot? It's too much.

Schoolgirl tendencies aside, the pictures are really good. It's easy to see which celebrities are born "posers" (that's you, pages 50 and 59), and which ones still had a little bit of difficulty in front of the camera (*cough* Portuguese crooner on page 48 *cough cough*), but overall it's a very well-produced feature in the magazine.

P.S.: Let's have a round of applause for Anne Hirsch (and that pole).

Go out and buy the March issue of Marie Claire, even if fashion magazines are not your usual preferred reading. Your R30 will be going to a good cause, and the pictures are sure to provide a lot of lunchtime laughs at work or at school.


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