Naked Beauty: Mesmerizing Body Art Show in South Korea

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Dozens of human bodies turned into living canvases in the hands of skillful artists during the 2017 Daegu International Bodypainting Festival, which was held on August 26-27 in the South Korean city of Daegu.

During an international competition held within the body art show, artists had an opportunity to display their own specialties in different categories.

© AFP 2022 / Ed JonesThe 2017 Daegu International Bodypainting Festival was held at the Kolon Field Concert Hall in Duryu Park in Daegu, South Korea, from August 26 till August 27, 2017. Photo: A model poses during the festival.
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The 2017 Daegu International Bodypainting Festival was held at the Kolon Field Concert Hall in Duryu Park in Daegu, South Korea, from August 26 till August 27, 2017. Photo: A model poses during the festival.
© AFP 2022 / Ed JonesThe bodies of female models were used as canvases as they allowed dazzling illustrations to cover up their bare skin. Photo: A contestant in the “Fantasy Make-up” category prepares to be judged.
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The bodies of female models were used as canvases as they allowed dazzling illustrations to cover up their bare skin. Photo: A contestant in the “Fantasy Make-up” category prepares to be judged.
© AFP 2022 / Ed JonesThe “Fairy Tale World” themed competition was open to all artists from all around the world. Top artists from 10 countries showed their fantastic techniques during the contest. Photo: Contestants apply their designs to a model.
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The “Fairy Tale World” themed competition was open to all artists from all around the world. Top artists from 10 countries showed their fantastic techniques during the contest. Photo: Contestants apply their designs to a model.
© AFP 2022 / Ed JonesA contestant in the “Fantasy Make-up” category prepares to be judged during the 2017 Daegu International Bodypainting Festival on August 26.
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A contestant in the “Fantasy Make-up” category prepares to be judged during the 2017 Daegu International Bodypainting Festival on August 26.
© AFP 2022 / Ed JonesThe competition featured several awards categories: Bodypainting Awards, Fantasy Make-up Awards and Photogenic Model Awards. Photo: A model checks her make-up during the event.
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The competition featured several awards categories: Bodypainting Awards, Fantasy Make-up Awards and Photogenic Model Awards. Photo: A model checks her make-up during the event.
© AFP 2022 / Ed JonesA model poses for a photo during the 2017 Daegu International Bodypainting Festival on August 26.
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A model poses for a photo during the 2017 Daegu International Bodypainting Festival on August 26.
© AFP 2022 / Ed JonesThe body art show has been held in Daegu since 2008. Photo: A model waits backstage before presenting herself to the audience.
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The body art show has been held in Daegu since 2008. Photo: A model waits backstage before presenting herself to the audience.
© AFP 2022 / Ed JonesIn this photo taken on August 26, 2017, contestant Emanuele Borello (left) from Italy applies his designs to a model during the Daegu International Bodypainting Festival.
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In this photo taken on August 26, 2017, contestant Emanuele Borello (left) from Italy applies his designs to a model during the Daegu International Bodypainting Festival.
© AFP 2022 / Ed JonesAccording to organizers, hundreds of people turned up for this year's event. Photo: models wait backstage before presenting the artists’ designs to the audience.
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According to organizers, hundreds of people turned up for this year's event. Photo: models wait backstage before presenting the artists’ designs to the audience.
© AFP 2022 / Ed JonesWearing nothing but underwear and pieces of duct tape, models were transformed into stunning living paintings. Photo: A model poses on stage during the Daegu International Bodypainting Festival.
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Wearing nothing but underwear and pieces of duct tape, models were transformed into stunning living paintings. Photo: A model poses on stage during the Daegu International Bodypainting Festival.
© AFP 2022 / Ed JonesA contestant in the “Fantasy Make-up” category prepares to be judged during the 2017 Daegu International Bodypainting Festival on August 26.
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A contestant in the “Fantasy Make-up” category prepares to be judged during the 2017 Daegu International Bodypainting Festival on August 26.
© AFP 2022 / Ed JonesA model showcases a design by Iwasaki Masakazu of Japan during the 2017 Daegu International Bodypainting Festival on August 26.
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A model showcases a design by Iwasaki Masakazu of Japan during the 2017 Daegu International Bodypainting Festival on August 26.
© AFP 2022 / Ed JonesCompeting for cash prizes, the artists were judged on a range of criteria including their use of color and painting techniques and the originality of their designs. Photo: A contestant in the “Fantasy Make-up” category prepares to be judged during the festival in Daegu.
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Competing for cash prizes, the artists were judged on a range of criteria including their use of color and painting techniques and the originality of their designs. Photo: A contestant in the “Fantasy Make-up” category prepares to be judged during the festival in Daegu.
© AFP 2022 / Ed JonesA model representing Emanuele Borello from Italy poses backstage during the 2017 Daegu International Bodypainting Festival on August 26.
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A model representing Emanuele Borello from Italy poses backstage during the 2017 Daegu International Bodypainting Festival on August 26.
© AFP 2022 / Ed JonesContestant Iwasaki Masakazu (left) from Japan applies his designs to a model during the Daegu International Bodypainting Festival on August 26.
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Contestant Iwasaki Masakazu (left) from Japan applies his designs to a model during the Daegu International Bodypainting Festival on August 26.
© AFP 2022 / Ed JonesAlong with the main bodypainting competition, the festival included musical performances, magic shows, fireworks and free face painting sessions. Photo: A model poses on stage during the 2017 Daegu International Bodypainting Festival.
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Along with the main bodypainting competition, the festival included musical performances, magic shows, fireworks and free face painting sessions. Photo: A model poses on stage during the 2017 Daegu International Bodypainting Festival.
© AFP 2022 / Ed JonesIn this photo taken on August 26, 2017, a model poses for a photo during the Daegu International Bodypainting Festival.
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In this photo taken on August 26, 2017, a model poses for a photo during the Daegu International Bodypainting Festival.
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