RM: Whether nude or clothed the poses are often challenging to hold. I try to push myself to get the best results for the artists but I have also learned how to avoid putting myself in poses for durations which my body cannot deal with. If you’re going to work in this field you have to be able to deal with the numbness and even some pain. I often used to get sore muscles after sessions.
RM: When I first started modeling nude I would not eat a big meal prior to a session. I used to shave all over and I would only do certain poses which did not draw attention to any rolls in my belly! So yes, you do need to accept that you are who you are and there is nothing wrong with that. I only began to feel comfortable with this when I realized that artists don’t care how big or small the model looks. They generally want to draw and paint someone who looks interesting over and above someone who looks traditionally beautiful. Having accepted my body I feel like my poses are more natural and hopefully more artistically fulfilling for my artists.
RM: I would like to consider myself that way. Sometimes artists really embrace me as a kind of collaborator as well as a model. That’s not to say that I have a direct hand in their work, but rather that we often brainstorm the poses, the props, sometimes the clothes and occasionally even aspects of their process together. I hope that I can help inspire some of the wonderfully talented people that I have had the privilege to work with.
CFL: Do you feel any connection to the clothes-free, nudist, naturist or body-positive movements through your work?
RM: The work that I do has encouraged me to be more accepting of my own body and others too so I suppose I would consider myself to be body-positive. Being in the art world, being around other models and seeing so many paintings has all taught me that beauty doesn’t have a rigid formula and that all kinds of different body types hold their own particular kinds of beauty. When working nude for the first time with Francis I remember arguing with him about the way in which he had painted the shape of my belly. I had a vision of how I wanted to be perceived but Francis made it clear to me that my shape was perfectly natural. I began to see the beauty in what I had previously thought of as a flaw.
CFL: I am curious is there a story behind the professional name Ruby Magic?
RM: Oh yes!! During my years studying at university I began using a kind of cheat sheet to aid my revision. Someone else asked to copy it and months later I overheard people I didn’t even know referring to the sheet as ‘Ruby Magic’. It struck a chord with me and it has stuck ever since.
CFL: What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue nude art modeling?
RM: People sometimes think that it’s easy money. Taking your clothes off and being still sounds easy enough right? But if you’re thinking about it as a career then you’ll quickly learn that there’s a lot more to it. That said, I didn’t know much about it when I began and I am truly enjoying my work now. Life modeling is not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re comfortable enough being nude among people, you are aware of your body, you love art, and you connect well with others then I think you might land yourself a new career idea!
CFL: Is there anything else you would like our readers to know about you and your work?
RM: For more info on me and articles about my work please visit my blog at mybumisnumb.com
. and you can follow me on twitter for daily tweets: @RUBYRMAGIC