Bondi becomes nude beach for Tunick shoot

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Part of Sydney’s Bondi Beach will be temporarily declared a nudist beach, to facilitate a photo shoot by famed photographer Spencer Tunick.

The American entertainer is hosting a shoot at the iconic beach between 4:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Saturday, as part of National Skin Cancer Action Week.

Waverley Council temporarily changed local laws to allow the event to go ahead, making a section of Bondi a nudist beach for what is believed to be the first time.

Event organizer Scott Maggs said he had been negotiating with authorities for weeks for the filming to take place.

“The police were like, how can we make this legal? They just want to make sure everything is on top and safe,” he told AAP.

It is hoped that 2,500 attendees will strip naked for the event, which is the number of people who die of skin cancer each year in Australia.

But about half of those who sign up for photo shoots don’t show up the same day, Tunick said.

He told the AAP participants that they should get ready for the early morning as if they were going to the airport to go on vacation.

“You go on a trip to a place you’ve always wanted to go…it’s like a great vacation is right around the corner and you just don’t know how good it will be,” he said. .

The event is being held to encourage people to get screened for skin cancer, with many people postponing regular checkups during the pandemic, according to Maggs.

“It is estimated that there is a huge bottleneck of late-stage skin cancers about to reach the healthcare system,” he said.

Australia has one of the highest skin cancer rates in the world, with two in three people diagnosed before the age of 70.

People can register for the event at: https://sofsc.com.au/spencertunick, with parental consent required for those under 18.

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