SF's New Nudie Culture Magazine (NSFW)

Apr 23 at 11am

By Carolina Quijano

Last Friday, I met up with Melissa and David Beaulieu of San Francisco's newest "artistic nudie magazine" Belle Sf. We talked about breast feeding in public, tattoos, Burning Man, and if women should shave "down there;" and I learned a little more about why they decided to launch their new publication here and now.

Reminiscent of the '70s and vintage Playboy style, Belle Sf is a quarterly print publication that strives to celebrate the woman in all her glory, pubes and all. In fact, pubic hair, as well as being completely au naturel (read: no surgical enhancements) are two of the three requirements for landing a spread in Belle Sf. Models must also live in SF or the surrounding Bay Area.

All photos feature the barest of props and light with no retouching. Hoping to drop the pretext of unnatural expectations when it comes to models, the Beaulieus want to give readers a more accurate representation of the beauty that can be found not just here in SF, but in the world. “Men who watch pornography or see other magazines are given a false representation of what women actually look like,” Melissa said, “so we’re trying to change that.”

Aside from naked photos of women, the magazine also will feature in-depth cultural features on artists, food and drink, and politics; as well as fiction. With a mentality focused more on artistic output and intelligent content, the couple realizes that this magazine may not make a lot of money, and that’s OK. Just having this type of outlet is enough, as both feel that San Francisco could benefit from a new magazine like Belle Sf. “We want to create a new [magazine], one that showcases real Bay Area women of all sizes and colors,” David said.

The first issue of Belle Sf debuted last week. But don’t expect to find copies at Barnes and Noble just yet, as the magazine will only be available at locally-run shops, in keeping with the smaller-scale, Bay Area theme.  

All images courtesy of Belle Sf

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