RuPaul famously said, “We’re born naked, the rest is drag.” Most of the time we determine the attractiveness of a person based in a large part on that drag. So what happens to attraction when you strip it away and leave nothing else?
That’s the premise behind the revealing British dating show Naked Attraction.
In the hit reality series, hosted by (fully-clothed) Anna Richardson, six contestants stand naked in individual pods. Their stripped bodies are initially shrouded, with one section revealed in various rounds. The person seeking the date must eliminate a person in each round based solely on a comparison of those body parts.
Of course, this is nothing revolutionary to the queer community. Deciding whether or not to “date” someone based solely on whether you like one of their body parts has been a thing since before the first dick pic was sent. And many LGBTQ+ people abhor the idea of being graded physically like a piece of meat.
But we also know how impactful it can be for LGBTQ+ people to appear on TV. Naked Attraction has gone there before, for example in the second season opener, which featured a pansexual-identified Izzy, who was open to all genders.
This year, the show’s producers Studio Lambert North and Channel 4, are again actively searching for LGBTQ+ singles willing to bare it all for Naked Attraction’s seventh season.
In a press release, executive producer, Darrell Olsen argues, “In these times I think many people are keen to find love and what better way than dating in reverse and starting off naked!?”
Filming begins in the fall and producers are willing to fly the right candidates to set location, adhering to COVID-19 guidance.
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