Women volunteer to get naked and painted for artist Paul Butler’s Wendover Project, aimed at promoting body positivity
The first time that Jan Postel took off all of her clothes in the desert and stood naked with nearly 100 other women waiting to be painted head-to-toe by strangers, she felt nervous that her body wasn’t “perfect” enough and wondered why she’d agreed to participate in the unusual Utah art event.
But then, after looking around and realizing that nobody else’s body was perfect either, she started to relax and enjoy the freedom of standing nude in the sun’s warmth as she soaked up the stark white beauty of the Bonneville Salt Flats.
“I came to accept myself — to embrace all that I am, both inside and out,” the 57-year-old registered nurse from Layton, Utah, tells PEOPLE. “I felt empowered, confident, beautiful and healed from past experiences in my life. I felt at peace.”