#ThrowbackThursday: John Ashcroft Covers the Spirit of Justice Statue’s Nudity, 2002

U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and Spirit of Justice statue, 2002 (Medieval POC Tumblr)

U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and Spirit of Justice statue, 2002 (Medieval POC Tumblr)

So this became weirdly relevant again: In 2002, Attorney General John Ashcroft put up drapes (that cost $8,000) on the Spirit of Justice statue housed in the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Why? Ostensibly to make a better backdrop for television. What Ashcroft didn’t mention was that his head was generally centered in between Lady Justice’s nude breasts. Better backdrop, my ass.

Just yesterday, Rome’s Capitoline Museum covered up classical nude statues before a press conference with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani occurred. There seems to be some confusion as to who and why this happened: Though the Iranian embassy asked that the statues be covered, neither Italy’s Culture Minister Dario Franceschini nor Prime Minister Matteo Renzi had been aware of the request.

An investigation into the matter is currently underway.


Laverne Cox Posed Nude for “Allure”

Laverne Cox (Allure)

Laverne Cox (Allure)

Happy Friday! We’re celebrating by looking at this gorgeous photo of a nude Laverne Cox in the May 2015 “Allure” issue.

Cox, a transgender woman, posed along with cisgender (read: female at birth) ladies Jordana Brewster, Nicole Beharie, Katheryn Winnick and Sandrine Holt. Recently named to the “Time” 100 Most Influential People list, Cox wanted to empower the various communities she represents by posing nude, showing a representation that isn’t usually seen.

We think she’s certainly doing that. Keep up the great work, Ms. Cox!


French Naturist Pioneer Christiane Lecocq Has Died

Christiane Lecocq (Noticia Al Dia)

Christiane Lecocq (Noticia Al Dia)

Renowned French naturist Christiane Lecocq passed away this past Christmas Eve at age 103.

Lecocq became a naturist when she was 22 in 1933, when she joined a sports club in Lille and discovered that it was a nude sports club. She then became dedicated to the movement’s health and social benefits.

Lecocq is credited as being a leader in the naturist movement. She and her husband founded the first naturist vacation spot in France, and the first naturist magazine “Life in the Sun.”

In 1950, Lecocq and her husband Albert founded the French Naturist Federation (FFN). Three years later, they founded the International Naturist Federation, of which 38 countries are members.

One stat suggests that there are 14M+ naturists worldwide. FFN president Armand Jamier claims that France is a top destination for naturists, with 3.5M participants, 1.5M of whom are French.