“Posing nude is probably the most uncomfortable thing ever, and not in a spiritual sense,” says Nia Long.
But that’s not to suggest the 43-year-old actress (The Divide, The Single Moms Club) is new to this; she bared all on the cover of Ebony in 2011 while pregnant. “I’m still going naked. I can still take it off two babies later,” she says. “The point is to capture the true essence of beauty in our most natural state, and that is nude. “I caught up with the actress on set after she posed nude for the May issue of *Allure *(on newsstands now).
How did you prep for today’s shoot? “I ran for 45 minutes this morning, and I haven’t eaten a morsel. As soon as this is over, I’m grabbing a burger.”
Have you ever skinny-dipped? “Oh, yes. It’s kind of a thing I do on the regular.”
Are there any body parts that make you self-conscious? “When you have kids, your body changes drastically. My boobs are not the same as they were before; I’m not going to lie.”
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