Meet the couple who take nude photos with stunning backdrops (Picture: MDWFeatures / @silkyrontheroad)
Silke Muys met fellow professional dancer Kieran Shannon while working in Spain in January 2018.
Immediately falling in love, the couple decided that when their dance contract came to an end, they would explore the world together.
In May 2019, Silke, 29, from Belgium, and Kieran, 27, from Glasgow, began their adventure and travelled across Asia for a whole year – starting in India before making their way across Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
And when they posted a nude photo of their travels on their social media, their account immediately grew to 20,000.
The couple began dipping their toes in the nudist waters by getting naked and going for a swim whenever they came across a waterfall.
After posting their first nude image, they realised that their fans loved the artistic expression and body positivity displayed in their pictures.
Kieran and Silke decided that each week, they would post a nude photo to their Instagram page and title it ‘Freaky Friday.’
They have since had strangers tell them that their self-confidence is inspirational, something that makes them even more eager to share their nude snaps with the world.
The couple don’t actually identify as nudists, but hope that their willingness to show off their bodies will encourage others struggling with body confidence issues to not be afraid of bearing all.
The couple aren’t actual nudists (Picture: MDWFeatures / @silkyrontheroad)
‘We started our adventure in India and we completely fell in love with the travelling lifestyle,’ said Kieran. ‘From carrying everything you own on your back to constantly trying new food and meeting new people, everything just worked.
‘Whilst on the road we played music in hostels, bars and restaurants which helped to save on food and accommodation.
‘The greatest joy of travelling has been to see smiles on the faces of the people we meet – it always warms our hearts.’
The couple even do naked yoga together (Picture: MDWFeatures / @silkyrontheroad)
He continued: ‘Getting naked started out as something we just both really enjoyed during that time. Whenever we found a waterfall, we would get naked and go for a swim.
‘We started shooting in these locations which became something we wanted to share.
‘When we started to see the overwhelmingly positive reactions of people, it became a passion of ours to share body positivity and freedom however we could.
‘We have built such a beautiful community with this in mind and just love sharing our adventures with the world.
‘We received messages from strangers telling us that we inspire them and that they are on a journey of self-love and confidence. That really encourages us to keep on sharing.’
Due to lockdown, the couple is now back at home (Picture: MDWFeatures / @silkyrontheroad)
Current travel restrictions have meant that Kieran and Silke have temporarily travelled back to Europe to avoid getting stranded across the world but the pair are eager to get back to their full-time adventuring when it is safe to do so.
The break has even given them a chance to make a 10-year plan which involves buying a van in South America and making their way down through the continent before heading north to Alaska.
They also hope to continue to ‘free the butt’ along the way.
‘Currently we are not travelling as we risked being stuck in India when the pandemic started so we decided to come home and see our families after almost a year on the road,’ said Kieran.
‘We are planning to be back on the road very soon but just want to make sure that it is safe and sensible to do so before we dive back in.
‘We love showing people the incredible adventures we have been fortunate enough to go on, but the biggest joy of all is sharing all those experiences with each other.’
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