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When I started in modeling, I spent some time thinking about who I was as a person.  I was 18 years old and just getting ready to graduate high school.  I was also getting ready to start college in the Fall, attending a private Christian school in the Chicago area.

I was raised with traditional values, yet I was excited to see what I could do with modeling.  I decided I needed to mesh both of these worlds and  no matter what, stay true to myself and my values. At the end of the day, that is the only thing that a person has.

Keeping this in mind, I set parameters for what I would and wouldn’t do as far as modeling. Not really sure what opportunities would come my way, if any, I knew I had to be me and always be proud of who I am and what I have done.  That is how I came to the decision not to work in nude modeling.  It just wasn’t me.

You may ask yourself (as I did) why I felt that way?  Well, the answer for me was that I was following my gut.  You know… the little voice that tells you what is right for you.  I know that is different for everyone so without judgment of any genre, I followed my inner voice.

As I started my first few photo shoots I was often asked about this decision.  I was told I should do Playboy a lot, especially given that I am a curvy, petite model.  I’ve been refused photo shoots with some photographers because I won’t shoot nudes.  And even been told me that I would never get work unless I re-thought this decision!

But listening to my inner voice, and according to the Law of Attraction, I knew that if this was right for me it… would be on my terms.  So I pushed forward, taking jobs that were in my comfort areas, passing on others politely, and helping people when I can and trying to do what I know how to do, while staying true to myself.

There have been several instances where my choice to not shoot nudes has helped me book work.  One major client I regularly work with had even specifically requested no nudes in their model’s work history.

I am never sure if this has slowed my progress in modeling.  It is hard for me to really tell, as I don’t compare myself to anyone but myself.  But I’ve continued to find modeling work for three years now, and at the end of the day I am still thrilled to be part of this industry.  I am proud of the work I have produced and I continue to move forward.  I am truly honored to have worked with many, many talented people and look forward to a long career.

– Jax Turyna is a professional model, actress  and regular Beautylook contributor.  You can find Jax on the web at  and