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Models Become Walking Canvases at Bodypainting Festival

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Naked models were turned into an artistic medium at the fourth German Bodypainting Festival this weekend. Among the creations were futuristic androids and even a "Bavarian extraterrestrial."

Naked women have always played a central role in Western art. For centuries artists have been using nude models as a subject in a quest to hone their skills and pay tribute to the beauty of the human form. Now the latest thing -- at least in the exotic genre of bodypainting -- is to use the models themselves as a medium.

Fifty-five artists from Europe and beyond gathered for the fourth annual German Bodypainting Festival this weekend in the German town of Ingelheim am Rhein -- the "German capital of bodypainting," according to organizers Peter and Jörg Tronser.

The motto of this year's festival was "Exotic Beauty," and models were transformed into fantastic landscapes, futuristic androids and even what was described as a "Bavarian extraterrestrial."

More images after the jump.

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Source: Spiegel
Images: NetEase
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