WATCH | On a warm September afternoon, Kelly Dugan and Laura McNairy drove outside of Austin to photograph Chelsea Figureoa for <em>Peach Fuzz</em> magazine. Figureoa stripped off her floral overalls and hopped into the lake at a state park. McNairy and Dugan followed, snapping away as she cheekily smiled.
Peach Fuzz is a print-only nudie magazine based out of Austin, Texas. The pages are filled with photos of naked women (mostly) of all body shapes and article detailing often taboo subjects in explicit detail. It's definitely NSFW.
But it's also sexy, unapologetic, and just downright pretty.
Dugan said there were two driving forces to starting Peach Fuzz: Wendy Davis ,and an old collection of Playboys. In June 2013 Davis, a Democratic state senator, filibustered for 11 hours against a restrictive abortion law known as HB2.
That same summer, Dugan came into a large collection of vintage Playboy magazines that featured un-photoshopped women and some of the (arguably) best writers of the era.
Wanting to combine the empowerment behind Davis' filibuster with the aesthetic of throwback smut, she took the idea to McNairy and Peach Fuzz was born -- a sex and "body positive" nudie mag.
Dugan and McNairy pride themselves on being a women-run magazine. They've only had two male photographers in 13 issues. The idea is not to shun men, but to shift away from the misogyny that often comes with sexual representation in society.
They don't photoshop and they don't style the models, encouraging them to show up to photoshoots wearing and feeling however they want -- bush or no bush.
They haven't always gotten it right, though. Dugan was frank about catching flack in the beginning for not including a range of ethnically diverse and queer models. The oversight was not deliberate and they changed course.
Peach Fuzz regularly gets flagged for inappropriate content on Instagram, despite their best efforts to censor their images.
Dugan called out the hypocrisy of Instagram's nudity policy which allows conventionally beautiful people to show a breast with minor censoring, while a covered woman with apparent pubic hair will get flagged.
Dugan and McNairy are trying to shake up conventionalism. By showcasing people with a range body types, ethnicities, sexual identities and body hair, they hope to highlight just how sexy those many differences can be.