Nudity is a state of being in which a human is not wearing clothing or specifically is not covering the genitals. Worldwide, current social norms vary from banning nudity except in complete privacy to the acceptance of public nudity as a natural human state. Nakedness , or the loss of body fur, was one of the physical characteristics that marked the biological evolution of modern humans from their hominini ancestors. Adaptations to hairlessness contributed to the increase in brain size, bipedalism , and the variation in skin colors.
Nude is a term that gives me the creeps. Nude were the stockings I flipped past when I started wearing them as a teenager, preferring warm bronze colors in summer and dark coppery stockings in the winter. Bold red, ghostly white, or glittery lips were what called me out of the tasteful, painfully alienated, and safely ordered Waspy world into which I was born, and from which I yearned to flee. Nudes were what the portrait photographer showed me when I applied to be his assistant. He informed me that the soft-focus, warm-toned prints were not dirty pictures, but rather high-art testaments to the young naked women who posed in the safety of his studio.