Why It’s Good To Be Naked In Public

Not that you’d want to go to the grocery store that way, but there’s a lot to be said for being comfortable in your own skin.

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Version 2I got a real naked education when I moved to Europe. I wouldn’t say Canadians are prudish but, in our unfailing commitment to be polite, being naked in change rooms, sporting events, the beach… it just isn’t…nice. In Europe, the social climate of nakedness is totally different and, I’ve realized, it’s good to be naked in public.

Naked is Normal

My first naked experience was going to watch a bike race in Holland. I unavoidably saw countless very, very white bums as riders changed in the street post-race. That experience turned out to be normal at sporting events in France and Spain too. On the beaches,  I saw women of all ages and shapes (natural and man-made) frolic and sunbathe topless without anyone batting an eyelash. At the physio or chiropractor wherever I was living, I was the weirdo who wanted to keep my shorts on. I was so shocked at first. I couldn’t believe how…

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Pants, schmants

You know, if I were married to the likes of Gabrielle Union, I probably couldn’t keep my clothes on either, so I shall not even mock Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade:

We can now stop wondering what NBA players wear when they’re home alone, because Dwyane Wade has the answer — nothing. But for the face of the new Naked Underwear’s Naked Truth underwear campaign, that wasn’t the case until he turned 30.

“I’ve got this saying now — I’m always naked,” he tells PeopleStyle. “But before, I was never one of those guys who ever felt comfortable naked. I was always the kind of guy who, even in my house by myself, I used to have shorts on. And I got to a point in age where I started feeling more comfortable being naked. But it took me until I was 30 years old until I felt comfortable — I’m 33 now.”

That’s part of the reason he’s involved with Naked, the underwear brand, which he’s the Creative Director of. “One thing I like about the name [of the brand] … when you think of being naked or what it stands for, it stands for freedom — those moments when you feel free. There’s no worries, nothing holding you back. And the confidence comes with it as well.”

I admit to, um, not wearing Mr Wade’s brand of underwear at the time of posting.