Suns out, buns and everything else out too.
Helen Berriman, 47, found a new sense of self-love after baring it all while vacationing on a nude cruise line.
“I used to struggle with body positivity and confidence, but now I am so different. My body is my vessel,” Berriman told Caters News Agency.
Berriman and her husband, Simon, 47, spent a two-week vacation together on their first nude cruise ship, embracing nudity and a judgment-free environment.
“The cruise was with a company called Bare Necessities, and it was a ship that accommodates 2,300 people across 11 decks,” she revealed.
The Bromley, London residents embarked on their journey from Tampa, Florida, sailing to St Martins, St Kitts, Antigua, Turks and Caicos, the Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas.
“You can be nude anywhere around the ship, apart from when docking in certain ports, and if you wanted to go into any of the formal dining rooms.”
However, “common naturist etiquette” encourages nudists to carry towels when they want to sit down.
Berriman was not always a nudist advocate until she met her husband in 2015, who prefers a “clothing optional” lifestyle.
She found his admiration for nudity disturbing, “If he wanted to do it, I just didn’t want to know about it.”
Finally, she decided to try naturism — the practice of wearing no clothes in a vacation camp or for other leisure activities — when she attended a reversed life drawing class where everyone else was nude.
“It was my eureka moment, and I finally understood why Simon liked it so much. I felt free,” she admits.
“I used to equate nudity to sex and being objectified, but now my outlook has totally changed.”
Before exploring the naked lifestyle, Berriman struggled with loving her body but now she embraces the skin she’s in.
“I only have one skin, and although it’s loose in some places, it fits me nicer than a pair of jeans.”
She advocates for others to try naturism, claiming it’s a freeing experience.
“I want to help other people feel free and understand that it’s not weird. I think that people relate to me because I also found it odd to begin with.”
The naturism experience has allowed Berriman to meet many people from all walks of life.
“It’s impossible to go to nudist events and feel lonely because everyone talks to everyone,” she said. “They’re talking to your eyes and not your boobs. It is just comfortable.”
Now the receptionist at a naturist resort reveals, “In naturism, no one is objectifying you, no one is leering at you.”
The London couple plans to continue “living and breathing naturism” with several upcoming nudist trips.
“We have a few nudist festivals lined up this summer,” and “We booked to go back to the nudist resort.”
Berriman admits, “I’m heavily involved in normalizing nudity,” and has no intentions of vacationing fully clothed anytime soon.