Two Byo so­cialites go ‘naked’ for art

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Bon­gani Ndlovu Show­biz Correspondent

TWO Bu­l­awayo so­cialites Pa­tience Phiri and tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity Sizwakele Ndlovu will add sen­su­al­ity to the printed word as they host Naked Girls Read­ing — a first for Zim­babwe — to high­light women’s is­sues.

Af­ter shar­ing racy pic­tures on Face­book last week, Phiri ap­pears in­tent on up­ping the ante by read­ing books in her birth­day suit along­side Ndlovu at Theatre in the Park in Harare from to­mor­row un­til Fri­day.

Naked Girls Read­ing is a lit­er­ary event that takes place in over a dozen in­ter­na­tional cities. At each event, a num­ber of beau­ti­ful ladies re­move their clothes and read per­sonal se­lec­tions to an ador­ing au­di­ence.

Phiri could, how­ever, not be drawn into re­veal­ing if there would be naked women at the event.

“We shall be keep­ing that a se­cret un­til the open­ing night of the event. It’s just a two-women show that blends skin and text for a watch­ing au­di­ence. The show of skin is a cel­e­bra­tion of real women’s bod­ies as beau­ti­ful in all shapes and sizes,” said Phiri.

She said the play, which she wrote, will be about is­sues af­fect­ing women on a day to day ba­sis.

“The show is about our sto­ries and anx­i­eties in our pro­fes­sional and pri­vate lives as women. It puts in the open, sub­jects that are usu­ally swept un­der the car­pet or spo­ken about in hushed tones. The show has some dark­ness, light-heart­ed­ness and thought pro­vok­ing con­ver­sa­tions that the au­di­ence will find fa­mil­iar­ity with,” said Phiri. She said a Bu­l­awayo show will be held soon. Ac­cord­ing to the Naked Girls Read­ing web­site, the con­cept be­gan in Chicago in March 2009 as the idea of in­ter­na­tional Show­girl Michelle L’amour and Franky Vivid. The idea had rolled around in their heads for a few years in dif­fer­ent for­mats, but with the open­ing of Stu­dio L’amour in 2008, it ma­te­ri­alised as the per­fect in­ti­mate live event. Af­ter the very first event, it was ob­vi­ous to all in at­ten­dance that some­thing big had just hap­pened, some­thing spir­i­tual. Im­me­di­ately, the press took hold and emails started com­ing in from cities all over the coun­try from ladies in­ter­ested in start­ing their own fran­chise. By the end of 2015, Naked Girls Read­ing was app e a r ing in 25 in­ter­na­tional cities with more to fol­low in 2016. Twit­ter bon­ganinkunzi @

Sizwakele Ndlovu

Pa­tience Phiri

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