|Kenneth Clark, the art historian, in The Nude: A Study in Ideal Form, explains the difference between "naked" and "nude."
The English language, with its elaborate generosity, distinguishes between the naked and the nude. To be naked is to be deprived of our clothes, and the word implies some of the embarrassment most of us feel in that condition. The word "nude," on the other hand, carries, in educated usage, no uncomfortable overtone. The vague image it projects into the mind is not of a huddled and defenseless body, but of a balanced, prosperous, and confident body.
The women who have posed for these photographs are posing nude, not naked, and I have endeavored to show this.