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'Implied' vs 'Concealed' Nude, clarifying the terms.

By Richard Olpin, written 1492171902.

It seems that many people confuse the terms 'implied' and 'concealed' nude and often use them interchangeably when they do have quite distinct meanings.

Quite aside from the dictionary definitions, the terms are covered quite clearly in the Purpleport Glossary of terms:

  • Implied Topless/Nude - This is where you are wearing clothes but where it just looks like you are topless or nude.
  • Concealed Topless/Nude - You may well be topless or nude but no nipples or lady bits are showing. Normally this is achieved by careful placement of items.

It's generally accepted that both terms refer to a style of image where a model appears to be nude or topless, but no genitalia or nipples are visible, however the problem with misinterpretation is in the actual state of undress on set.

Imagine the scenario if model and photographer have different interpretations of the term, especially if the photographer thinks that when a model says they shoot 'implied' they mean they are happy to actually get naked for a concealed shot, which is what the photographer has in mind.  It may not actually be possible to shoot the images they're after in an implied manner in which case there is a risk of an awkward situation as the model doesn't actually want to get naked on set.  


Example images:


This is IMPLIED nude.  The model is wearing lingerie, but you can't see it. The implication is that she is nude.


This is a CONCEALED nude.  Our model is actually nude, but nothing is on display as everything is concealed by the pose.


There have been dozens of threads about this topic over the years, and so it's still very clear there is a real potential for confusion.  The key advice, as always, is communication.  Ensure you've clearly discussed the type of images you're after. Use some examples or a mood board if possible.  If any of them require a degree of nudity, whether implied, concealed or otherwise it's essential you discuss your mutual understanding of the terms well in advance of the shoot.

I'd suggest referring to the PP Glossary, and perhaps this article to ensure that everyone involved is on the same page and there's no potential for confusion.