Sophie Tea inspires unlikely nude models after empowering women

A breast cancer survivor and a mum who has spent years trying to be ‘perfect’: Millionaire Instagram artist Sophie Tea inspires unlikely women to strip off and model nude

  •  Four women have revealed why they decided to become nude models
  •  The women felt empowered by artist Sophie Tea and wanted to express that
  •  They featured in the artists recent nude show – wearing just undies and  paint

Four women have revealed why they decided to become nude models for millionaire Instagram artist, Sophie Tea, despite having insecurities about their bodies.

The women proudly paraded their way down the catwalk at the UK artist’s Australian show wearing nothing but underwear and a layer of paint. 

Sophie Tea is renowned for her empowering artworks featuring nude women of all shapes and sizes, declaring each of them beautiful in their own way.

Four women have revealed why they decided to become nude models for millionaire Instagram artist, Sophie Tea , despite having insecurities about their bodies

Sophie, who previously told Femail she will no longer be painting nudes, has been empowering women with her art for years

Sophie Tea, the millionaire Instagram artist became well know for her empowering portraits of naked women is moving on to new things – despite selling over $9million worth of work in just 12 months

And her live art reflects that idea with women of all ages, shapes, sizes and ethnicities invited to apply to be a ‘nudie’ at each of her events. 

Ellen Colfer, Rani Gale-Driscoll, Julie Van-Zhu and Sharon Oakley were among a small group of women who were hand picked by Sophie and her team for the show in Manly last month.

Thousands of women applied for the honour after the artist put a call out over Instagram.

They were each painted by Sophie and strutted down the runway to a live audience, photographers, a film crew and a people round the world watching live streams of the show.

Since the show Sophie has revealed she will no longer be painting nudes, despite her million-dollar success which began as a passion project to help empower women.

‘We have all struggled with our bodies at some point,’ she told Daily Mail Australia after the show.

‘I have always wanted bigger boobs, and I have had a nose job,’ she said, admitting even she – a stunning young woman has had her share of self doubt.

The women reveal why they chose to help Sophie empower women, each sharing a unique story of trauma and self-discovery.

The women were each painted by Sophie and strutted down the runway to a live audience, photographers, a film crew and a people round the world watching live streams of the show

SHARON OAKLEY 

Breast cancer survivor Sharon Oakley wanted to step out of her comfort zone to celebrate being disease free for three years.

She decided to apply to be part of the show thinking it would be the best way to celebrate who she is today.

‘I started following Sophie last year when I saw a piece of her art on another persons Instagram page and instantly loved her style. The colours, the layers, the fact she was using real women’s pics for inspiration,’ she said.

Breast cancer survivor Sharon Oakley wanted to step out of her comfort zone to celebrate being disease free for three years

Then she saw the nudes in the artist’s store in London – and knew she had to be one.

‘I wanted to show other over 55 and plus size women it wasn’t too late to do something outrageous,’ she said. 

‘I hope to gain enough exposure to start a conversation regarding Life After Treatment for all my fellow tit chicks.

‘Often we are left with PTSD, and are physically and mentally scared once our treatment have been completed. We are left with many side effects from treatment and post treatment care.’

Sharon was the last model on the runway, holding hands with Sophie to end the show.

JULIE VAN ZHU 

Julie revealed she wanted to take part because she was finally ‘mentally here’ after being able to fully accept herself.

‘I want to peel off my layers so I can show how mentally strong I can be, and not care what society thinks of me,’ she said.

‘I have taken my life for granted, I have taken my friends and family and strangers for granted.’

She said she always pushed herself too hard and said because she is of Asian heritage her family expected nothing less.

‘In my 30s it was a rush to be the best of the best – be the perfect mum, be the perfect wife, have the perfect body, have the perfect car, have the perfect house, make awesome healthy dinners, healthier snacks for the kids, read them those books, work, get the money, clean, wash,’ she said.

Julie revealed she wanted to be a nudie because she was finally ‘mentally here’ after being able to accept herself fully following a lifetime of trying to be ‘perfect’

‘I’ve ignored my mental health and especially pushed my postnatal depression aside because of? I was afraid of not fitting in.’

For the last two year the ‘perfect’ mum has put her own mental health first.

‘We weren’t meant to face all these challenges and be ok. It was ok for me to not have a good day. It was ok for my kids to not have that healthy meal. It was ok for me if my kids were kicking and crying,’ she said.

‘It was ok all the time regardless what rules and expectations people may think. I am now and finally comfortable with what I am and who I am.’ 

In the last two years Julie quit her high-flying job, said goodbye to toxic friendships and worked out where she could draw lines on being perfect.

She says she hoped to show the world how powerful women are and help others find inner strength and courage through her appearance in the show.

RANI GALE-DRISCOLL

Rani said following Sophie Tea online has given her confidence as a woman.

‘I have had a terrible relationship with my body for as long as I can remember and to be honest, I am not happy with what I look like naked,’ she revealed.

Explaining her body has become the ‘punching bag’ for all of her anxiety. 

Rani said following Sophie Tea online has given her confidence as a woman

‘I am coming to terms with the fact that what matters most is what my heart and my soul looks like. I hope to love my physical appearance someday but I am happy and getting their slowly.’

She also explained she has some chronic health conditions which have lead to weight gain and her negative feelings about her body.

ELLEN COLFER

When Ellen first found out about Sophie’s call out she wished she was the kind of person with the confidence to apply.

Her next thought was, ‘I am 34, why shouldn’t I’.

‘I have a genetic disorder called Elhers Danlos syndrome which has caused a multitude of health issues,’ she said.

When Ellen first found out about Sophie’s call out she wished she was the kind of person with the confidence to apply. Her next thought was, I am 34, why shouldn’t I

Ellen says she has very thin, almost see-through skin because of her genetic disorder.

‘This has bothered me my whole life to the point I would wear jeans to the beach,’ she said.

She decided she needed to become more confident so applied to take part with the goal of learning to love herself a little bit more. 

Sophie Tea will be holding her final show in London on July 10.

The artist is from the UK, but now lives in Sydney, has sold $9M of art in just 12 months.

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