Flesh direct

Screw Lindsay Lohan and Miley Cyrus. We asked real TONY readers to get naked-and then had them art-direct their photo shoots. Here's what they thought would turn you on.

Photograph: Ryan Pfluger

Joshua Katcher

27, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; freelance filmmaker, editor of The Discerning Brute (thediscerningbrute.wordpress.com)

“It was a philosophical struggle for me to pose naked, but you do what you have to do to get your message out there. All forms of oppression are connected: mainstream-media sex, violence, social justice, environmental issues, animal exploitation. When you perpetuate one of them, you perpetuate all of them. But I believe you can live ethically and fabulously.”

“I’ve been vegan for 12 years. For the shoot, I went to the Union Square farmers’ market and bought a bunch of local, organic veggies, fruits and roots. The green movement is finally becoming sexy—and it’s because of food. Food is like sex: You interact with it physically, you put it in your body. I’d rather have an amazing meal than mediocre sex.”

Want to see more readers naked? Vote on these exhibitionist hopefuls and we'll strip down the winners you choose for a pictorial in a few weeks.

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