Ten years ago, I started this crazy new event called, Naked Girls Reading. It was born out of a flash of inspiration. I was reading naked on the couch when my husband walked in and found the imagery to be beautiful. We started laughing about the idea of naked girls reading being a fetish for people. We let it rest but it was one of those ideas that stays with you. We thought we could do something with it. We thought that if we like it, then other people would too. Problem was, we didn’t know what to do with it. Should it be a site? A pay site? No. That didn’t feel right. A little while after I opened my burlesque school, Studio L’amour, I thought it might be fun to try it as a live literary event. I asked some of my Chicago Starlets who I knew liked reading and were generally interested in being naked. To my surprise, they all said yes! When it came down to the event, none of us were nervous about the nudity. We were all worried about reading! Reading something out loud to an audience is a nerve racking, especially when it is something you care about. It is so vulnerable. You hear your voice, but you become detached from yourself. Sort of like an out of body experience. It’s like you’re hearing the story just as the audience is hearing it. Then you start to become aware of your breath, the sweat (yes, there’s sweat) and the naked women sitting next to you in their silent support and encouragement. Then you see nothing but the words on the page and it is incredibly powerful. Beautiful. Magical. Vulnerable.
In that first event, I knew we had something special. We had planned to do monthly events in Chicago and that was it. But, what started happening is that women from other cities started approaching us because they wanted to bring this to their city. A Naked Girls Reading franchise was born! We now have 20 chapters all over the world.
Please help us celebrate our 10 year anniversary on March 15th in Chicago. The theme will be reader’s choice. The event is at 8pm at the Skylark Chess Society and is BYOB. Tickets
Remember, you can’t spell literature without T&A.
For almost 10 years, I have read ‘A Christmas Carol’ to audiences while naked. It’s a unique tradition, but it’s mine and I hope it will be yours too.
For the first time, I am doing Naked Girls Reading: A Christmas Carol in Los Angeles. On Dec 8 at 8:30pm, I’ll be joined by Natasha Estrada and Athena Fatale in the sexy back bar of Bar Lubitsch for reading of Dickens like you’ve never experienced.
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Halloween month is in full swing! Here’s where you can find me next:
Oct 28 – Thriller Burlesque Workshop at Fit & Bendy in LA – 12:15-1:30 – Register
Learn the classic Thriller dance made famous by Michael Jackson and infuse it with classic burlesque moves. Please bring a shirt that you can take off and/or tear. #sexybeast
Oct 29 – Naked Ghouls Reading – 4201 N Ravenswood in Chicago – 8pm – Tickets
Frankenstein, Dracula, Demon trysts. Yes, that’s right. This event always gets me in the mood for Halloween. The only question is, what should I wear…? Oh right! Nothing!
Oct 31 – Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls at Untitled in Chicago – 9pm – Tickets
Imagine a club where those that scare go to PARTY! Think strip clubs on Sunset Strip. Think Fangtasia in True Blood. Think about not thinking too much and just come and have fun! We’ll have a fantastic show on stage and we’re featuring Nosferotika and the ChamPAIN room! This is THE place to be on Halloween! Costumes encouraged
For the TENTH year in a row, Naked Girls Reading Chicago presents your opportunity to get in on the international excitement. This is one of my favorite Naked Girls events (A Christmas Carol is fighting for top billing). This show brings first time naked readers to the stage. It is a beautiful and vulnerable event that is filed with beautiful women baring their souls and love for literature.
You as an audience, get to vote for your favorite reader and that person wins major street cred! Really, it’s just a spoof on a reality show and it’s all in good fun!
Join us on Sept 7th at Skylark Chess Society, 4201 N Ravenswood. Doors open at 7:30pm. Show starts promptly at 8pm. Tickets