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2,500 Australians Stripped Naked On Bondi Beach For A Photo Shoot To Raise Awareness For Skin Cancer

Thousands of naked volunteers have posed on Bondi Beach, one of Australia’s most iconic beaches, for a photo shoot to raise awareness around skin cancer.

Thousands of naked volunteers have posed on Bondi Beach, one of Australia’s most iconic beaches, for a photo shoot to raise awareness around skin cancer.

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Members of the public pose naked at Bondi Beach on Nov. 26, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)

2,500 people gathered to take part in the photo shoot on Saturday Nov. 26 by American photographer, Spencer Tunick, with the goal of reminding and encouraging people in Australia to get regular skin checks.

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Members of the public pose at sunrise for photographic artist Spencer Tunick at Bondi Beach on Nov. 26, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

“We have an opportunity to raise awareness about skin checks and I’m honored… to come here, make my art and just celebrate the body and protection,” Tunick, who is known for organizing large-scale nude shoots, said, according to Reuters.

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Photographer Spencer Tunick is seen photographing members of the public posing at Bondi Beach on Nov. 26, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)

The number 2,500 represents the average number of Australians who die from skin cancer each year.

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People are posing naked for photos for the Strip off for Skin Cancer installation by Spencer Tunick at Bondi Beach on Nov. 26, 2022 (Flavio brancaleone /The Sydney Morning Herald)

According to the World Cancer Research Fund, Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer and is the country in the world worst affected by it.

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Members of the public pose at Bondi Beach on Nov. 26, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)

Special legislation was implemented to allow public nudity for the first time for the photo shoot.

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Members of the public pose at sunrise for photographer Spencer Tunick at Bondi Beach on Nov. 26, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

One of the naked models said the experience was “freezing” but “empowering”. 

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People are posing naked for photos for the Strip off for Skin Cancer installation by Spencer Tunick at Bondi Beach on Nov. 26, 2022 (Flavio brancaleone /The Sydney Morning Herald)

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