Jill Scott Nude Gives New Attitude

I know y’all heard about Jill Scott posing nude for Allure Magazine’s “Look Better Naked” May issue.

Coincidentally, I was talking to my fabulous friend Aisha (btw- I think all my friends are fabulous) about wanting to have the freedom of running around in my backyard nude. I’m not a homeowner, but I love the idea of having a home surrounded by trees and flowers and grass as far as I can see. I want to step outside and be one with nature.

Aisha said she wants to go to a nudist beach. I’m not there. I can’t imagine that much sharing! I applaud people who have that kind of confidence in their bodies. But I know me. I’m startled at the sight of high top fades and Jeri curls (I live in the south, go figure!). I can’t imagine what kind of face I would make seeing all kinds of flesh. I’ve learned the hard way that I have no control over my facial expressions.

This whole thing reminds me of one of my most embarrassing moments. It was a hot, 90 degree day, and I was walking around my top-floor apartment topless. The blinds were slightly open with the sun beaming in my living room. I thought the glare was casting a shadow. I was wrong.

I was eating pizza while walking past the window when I heard two of my neighbors. Here I am stuffing a slice down my throat and I hear, “Man!” “Damn!” I’m nosy so I wanted to see what they were looking at.

I realized they could see me. Beyond mortified, that situation just reinforced the fact that a nude beach just ain’t for me! At least not now anyway…

It’s one thing to be on a beach where everyone is nude. Jill Scott was the only one nude during her shoot. Just her, the photographer, make-up artist, hair stylist, and whoever else was working the shoot. Now, that’s heart.

It made me think of how we sometimes expect people to love parts of us that we dislike. Truthfully, we teach people how to love us through our example.

If I look at my stomach (as I often do) with disappointment, then how can I expect somebody else to adore it? I actually went to Aruba without a bathing suit! That’s when I knew I had to face myself.

Even when I fantasize about frolicking in my backyard, being one with nature, I envision myself with a slimmer, more toned body. Now that I think about it, all my visions of me are with slight alterations.

Sometimes I think it’s just me seeing how I want my future to be. Yet, I also believe there is some part of me that must love Yaminah as she is right now. All I have is now. Maybe that was Jill’s attitude. She is loving who she is right now, without the “but’s” and “if’s.” It must be liberating. Her big beautiful smile says so.

I’m dreaming of being brave like that.

Check out behind-the-scenes video of Jill Scott’s photo shoot.

Envisioning you with much love, light and fulfillment. See you next week.

Yaminah Ahmad is editor-in-chief of The Atlanta Voice and contributing editor to Collective Voices, a newspaper published by the non-profit, SisterSong: Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective. She can be reached at

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April 22nd, 2008 at 10:10 am kamalp says:

those dudes across the street will never forget that day!

April 22nd, 2008 at 10:23 am SweetSis says:

Beautiful blog. I feel the same way.

April 22nd, 2008 at 10:31 am Regina Holloway says:

Bravo to Ms. Jill Scott!

April 22nd, 2008 at 10:41 am MissReina says:

i don’t know how i feel about her posing nude for a white women’s magazine. that’s a little suspect.

April 22nd, 2008 at 10:58 am ElsaHarkins says:

God gave Adam and Eve shame regarding their nakedness for a reason. The body is a private matter. Your body is a temple. It is intimate and not meant for mass consumption. I’m surprised at her.

April 22nd, 2008 at 11:00 am chica22 says:


April 22nd, 2008 at 11:01 am missme says:

I agree with the point about how can anyone love our stomachs if we don’t. That is powerful.

April 22nd, 2008 at 11:58 am Tina says:

I think it is cool that Jill is going there. She seems to be so spiritually beautiful I couldn’t imagine her body being any less beautiful.

April 22nd, 2008 at 8:46 pm PRECIOUS says:

Let’s All Keep Our Britches On People

April 22nd, 2008 at 8:52 pm Kenneth Boston says:

Take it off, Miss Ahmad. It’s aaaallll good.

April 22nd, 2008 at 10:30 pm 1GOODMAN says:

these comments are getting hilarious. especially you precious. you make me laugh everytime. and yaminah. do what you feel.

April 22nd, 2008 at 10:59 pm Jacquetta says:

I beleive that if Jill was comfortable with nudity that’s all good. It depends on your own comfort zone, of course it’s not for me but to each is it’s own.

April 23rd, 2008 at 12:45 pm thelma says:

self love is so important. sometimes we forget that. if you have a belly -it can be loved too! LOL go jilly.

April 23rd, 2008 at 12:47 pm Ginger says:

Aw that’s beautiful. And it’s true “all we have IS now”. Go Jill, Go Go, Go Jill!

April 23rd, 2008 at 8:53 pm superj says:

I wouldn’t mind seeing me some Jill naked.

April 24th, 2008 at 12:04 pm jj says:

I think everyone should live in the NOW and feel free to share it all. Don’t worry about when I or if I with your body. That will come but in the NOW celebrate what you have.

Meenie, you should bare it all like you want to NOW.