Bolt's ex-girlfriend gets naked for cameras

August 04, 2016
Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer Usain Bolt runs during training at a Pre-Games camp in Rio de Janeiro.

Usain Bolt's former girlfriend, Megan Edwards, and a number of other athletes have come under fire for stripping naked for a pre-Olympics photo shoot tiled 'The Bottom Line.'

The shoot, done by Canadian-born freelance photographer Stephen Douglas Rasmussen, starred the Jamaican-born junior track athlete, Edwards, who dated Bolt back in 2012.

Edwards, who lives in England, and the legend, Bolt, were a hot item four years ago. Bolt is said to have flown her to Jamaica to meet his parents in Jamaica. However the two soon called it quits after Edwards said she could not manage the distance.

A number of other athletes who are signed to the Britain-based agency, W Athletic, were also featured in the shoot, where each athlete is seen posing stark naked with a single equipment from their respective athletic activity.

Edwards, who participates in the 800 metre track event, is seen posing in a running stance, wearing only her pink and white running shoes, while her naked buttocks, and bare back are fully exposed.

In explaining his unconventional piece, the photographer said the piece combined his two passions, photography and sport to showcase how bodies are shaped by the different sporting disciplines.

However, many critics on social media are not seeing the art behind the piece, and are lashing out against what some are calling "sickening."

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One such commenter posted, "Honest to GOD I am EXHAUSTED of seeing the non stop nudity and vanity and sexual content in the media."

While another added, "What is this world turning into? Now people are going stark naked like the earliest primitive men, sickening," someone posted.

"Being naked proves nothing and promotes nothing. Athletes should stick to their principles and stop being used," another said.

However, for social commentator and gender specialist Nadine Spence, the piece is a pure art, and she has no issues with it.

"The body has been so stigmatised that we are afraid of it. A lot of it has to do with us believing that the human body is only for sex so we can't even stop to admire it anymore, and some people figure if you stop to admire it then you're vain," she said.

"Clothes does not make you moral," she added.

Spence noted that persons might be offended by the piece based on the lenses through which they view it.

"Some of it might be religious beliefs, or a high degree of morality," she said.

Adding to Spence's sentiments that the piece is purely artistic, are two Jamaican photographers, Jamie Barnett and Sean Murray.

Barnett explained that she saw the piece and took no issue with it because modern art is inspired in many different ways. He also noted that he has done nude photography for clients before.

"It takes a lot of planning and mental preparation both for the photographer and the model. It is very professional, you have to pay so much attention to a lot of details," he explained.

Similarly Murray, who has an interest in landscape photography, explained that he sees art is the piece, but noted that he can understand the standpoint of conservatives also.

"Art is generally used to express what somebody is feeling or experiencing, or the curiosity of an artists, and I see where that was done in this piece for the most part," he said.

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