I AM SMALL AND WE ARE BIG
It was a chilly night in Melbourne on Thursday - but that didn't stop Gold 104.3 radio stars Jo Stanley and Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann launching Australia's first ever NAKED restaurant.
The Jo & Lehmo breakfast show duo bared almost everything as they joined a host of completely nude foodies to sample the menu at The Noble Experiment in Collingwood.
But it was all about celebrating healthy and positive body image as guests enjoyed the clothing-optional event, with Lehmo declaring the next morning: 'It was a full party.'
The occasion dubbed 'Jo & Lehmo’s Nude Food' was inspired when the co-hosts heard about London's first naked restaurant Bunyadi, which has over 30,000 people on the waiting list.
But far from being a titillating affair, the clothing-option eatery instead championed different body types, including those of all shapes and sizes and people affected by disease and injury.
The guest list included Alison Zarafa, who is in remission from a very rare form of cancer, who said proudly: 'The way I look at it, it’s OK to have fear but don’t let fear stop you.'
Foodies bare all at Australia's first nude restaurant
Cause: Gold 104.3 duo Jo Stanley (left) and Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann (right) hosted the event, dubbed 'Jo & Lehmo’s Nude Food' at The Noble Experiment in Collingwood to celebrate healthy and positive body image
She continued: 'I fought an extremely long and hard battle for a year and these days I look at life extremely different, and I’m blessed every single day of my life.
'I have amazing family, friends, and partner and gorgeous son... and I want to look back when I’m old and I want to laugh about the things I’ve done, and this is one of them,' she concluded.
Meanwhile, pictures from the night show a variety of Melbourne residents looking in thoroughly good spirits as the enjoyed food and cocktails in the buff.
Diners Jordan Kettle, 22, and Rebekah Jackson, 20, smiled as they perused the menu, while cheeky barman Buck flashed his bottom in just an apron while mixing up a drink.
Lookalike mother and daughter duo Vicki and Estelle Ferrie also smiled for the cameras while sat at their table against the backdrop of rustic brick decor.
Helen Belyea, who is 30 weeks pregnant, also perused the menu with her partner Ryan Wilshire, who stood out from the unclothed crowed in a woolly beanie.
Jo and Lehmo seemed to spend the night bundled up in white bathroom robes as they cheerfully posed for photographs at the Gold press wall.
On Friday morning, they said on-air that the response to their naked dining experiment had been overwhelming.
'Everybody was in such a good mood, I was nervous for the people who were doing it but they went down there, they got their kit off, they enjoyed it,' said Lehmo, 46.
'We had partitions up between all the tables, they pulled the partitions down. They were all swapping tables by the end of the night, it was a full party,' he added.
Earlier this week, 43-year-old Jo experienced what it was like getting naked with strangers for a radio segment - as she didn't want to strip off in front of colleagues at the restaurant.
'I just sort of felt like I don’t want to get nude at the restaurant because there will be people there that I work with, namely Lehmo, and that’s weird,' she explained.
'But I am sort of interested in this process of understanding your body in a different way, such that you might like it regardless of how it looks.
'That would be so freeing for me, free of that self-talk that makes you think, "That’s not right",' she concluded.
-来自 DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA
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