Ever had the nightmare of walking into a room full of people and realizing you're the only one naked? Thirty figure models are paid to pose nude for photography students and art classes at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Others can be found at colleges and universities across the country. She has never been very fond of her body and thought the experience would help build her self-confidence.
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Already a subscriber? Log in or Activate your account. UW-Madison art professor Pat Fennell calls to me behind a closed door. I stand nearly naked and alone in a small storage room on the sixth floor of the Humanities Building. Behind me hang two skeletons and to my right is a latex-covered mannequin with mismatched eyes.
You may have heard something about posture pictures lately. Earlier this month, the New York Times disclosed - in great detail, complete with pictures - the existence of nearly 30, nude posture photos taken of students at several elite, East Coast universities. The Times speculated that the pictures, supposedly taken for pseudo-scientific reasons now discredited, included some of today's social and political elite. The disclosure, of course, drew lots of publicity throughout the country. But buried deep within the Times article was this startling fact. The National Anthropological Archives, a branch of the Smithsonian Institution that holds the posture pictures, has a set from the University of Wisconsin, Class of Could it be? Could the University of Wisconsin, one of the nation's premier land-grant universities, have taken nude posture photos of students?