The naked body is beautiful. It’s OK to show it off
But Mum grew into a strong lady and I recall her simply not showing that she noticed when people’s gaze lingered on her extensive, shiny scarred areas, which spread across her breasts much like Turia Pitt’s burns mark her face, when we were at the beach as kids, or when she had a sun dress on, or any of the other times.
In fact, she is such a gutsy lady that when after saving up like mad she went on a trip to Antarctica and recognised the New York art-photographer Spencer Tunick among the passengers, she asked him if he was planning a shoot amid the stark terrain.
Yes, said Tunick, who is famous for shooting large groups of nude people to illustrate our shared humanity in locations around the world.