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chemistry, communities, estimated, foundation, misunderstood, nightmare, nude, resistance, weird, workshop

Naked ambition: Inside the curious world of nude modeling for artists

By William Hageman | Tribune staff reporter

source: Chicago Tribune



Art models, Meg Guttman and Rex Troxell model for students at the American Academy of Arts. (Tribune photo by Antonio Perez / December 1, 2008)

Rex Troxell has this dream.

"I can't get my clothes off," he says. "You're trying to get them off, and you can't."

For most of us, being unable to get naked in public is hardly a nightmare. But Troxell is an art model. And posing in the nude, something he has done for 30 years, is key to bringing home a paycheck.

With its plethora of art schools, college art classes, art leagues and private artists, Chicago and the suburbs are home to an estimated 50 to 150 working art models at any given time, according to those in the business. It's a group that comes in all shapes, ages, sizes and backgrounds.

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 ambition第三級[名詞] 野心
 backgrounds第三級background(背景) 的複數
 being第三級be(是;要;有;在) 的現在分詞; [名詞] 存在;生存;生命;本質
 college第三級[名詞] 學院;大學
 estimated第四級estimate(估計,估量) 的過去式及過去分詞
 nightmare第四級[名詞] 夢魘;惡夢
 staff第三級[動詞] 給...配備職員; [名詞] (全體)職員;幕僚
 suburbs第三級suburb(郊區) 的複數