Nudist bombarded with DMs – from marriage proposals to trolls calling her ‘sl*t’

A female naturist has received plenty of marriage proposals from “enamoured” fans over the years.

But Victoria Vantage is swiped at by trolls too – with some hateful commenters branding her a “sl*t” for baring all.

The 29-year-old, from Columbus, Ohio, tries not to take these responses to heart.

She is an advocate for nudism and insists the natural body isn’t something that should be sexualised.

Victoria first started stripping off at a life drawing glass back in 2009, when she was at university.

She found it was incredibly liberating to be her naked self – and so her passion for naturism began.

The influencer and registered nurse said: "Being a nude model for a drawing class helped me to see myself.”

“In the time leading up to the interview for the position, I spent a fair amount of time practicing poses and looking at myself nude which later translated into me seeing myself become a piece of art.

"Seeing myself in a new medium opened my eyes to my body's unique characteristics and once the class was over, I was compelled to continue to explore more nude art – growing my relationship with my body.

"Naturism is a lifestyle that combines the love and appreciation for our human figure, mind, emotions, and spirit combined with the love and eternal connection, gratitude, and appreciation to Mother Earth.”

As Victoria’s passion for naturism grew, she started posting nude pictures of herself on Instagram and subscription service Patreon.

Victoria has a host of superfans who regularly comment on her posts and she is frequently sent marriage proposals from admirers.

She said: "Up to this point I had posted a variety of nude photos, including professional, amateur, and self-shot ones, but once I discovered that so many folks were enamoured with photos I took of myself featuring my bum, I just ran with it.

"I receive a wide range of comments from marriage proposals to being called a sl*t and everything in between.

“These days most folks are very positive and appreciate my photos. I try not to become emotionally connected to or involved with the comments in my feed.

"Other's perceptions of my image are just that, their own. I work hard to focus on creating art that is meaningful and beautiful to me without needing external validation from others.

“I do have several super fans who always pop up in my comments leaving meaningful and genuine comments that always make me smile. I feel grateful to have them in my life.”

Victoria goes on nude hikes and prefers to do household chores in the buff – but isn’t naked 100% of the time as some assume.

She only strips off when it's comfortable, safe, and not disrespectful to others.

The naturist said: "A big misconception that I get from many people is that naturists are nude all the time, which isn't true. There aren't many places in the world where it is possible to be 100% naked all of the time while still trying to work and live in society.

"I prefer to do many things naked, particularly around my house or at my cabin, if the climate is comfortable, but I don't really go out of the way to be naked if it's going to be uncomfortable for me, unsafe, or disrespectful to others.”

Doing these activities has made the influencer feel much more body confident.

She said: "I love that naturism has enabled me to love and appreciate my body as a natural thing, always connected to nature and spirit.

"Of course, I have my own insecurities and self-image issues occasionally, but to be able to find peace and solitude whilst nude in nature always grounds me and reminds me of where I came from.

"I don't particularly recall the very first time I had a nude adventure outdoors, but I would guess that the experience felt very natural and relaxing, much as it is today.”

Victoria hopes sharing her story will alleviate some of the stigma that surrounds naturism.

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She said: “Many folks associate nudity with being sexual or having a sexual connotation. My goal is to promote non-sexual nudity and advocate for the naturist lifestyle.

“Many cultures around the world teach children that nudity is bad which I think corresponds appropriately with the number of adults today who have body image issues and struggle to have appropriate and realistic expectations about human anatomy and sexuality.

"I can only do my small share of promoting non-sexual nudity; for society and cultures to mend their troubled and unhealthy relationships and perceptions around nudity, there needs to be an entire cultural shift in what is being taught to children as they grow and develop…

"I wish for anyone reading who is interested in the naturist lifestyle to try it for yourself – peace and love."

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