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NEW YORK - About 100 naked people gathered on Saturday to paint the town red - and blue, green, orange, magenta and neon yellow.

Dozens of artists used the naked bodies as canvases on the third annual NYC Bodypainting Day, which celebrates freedom of artistic expression and body acceptance.

The volunteer models, including Charles Darius, doffed their duds in Manhattan’s Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, outside the United Nations headquarters, for a few hours of painting before boarding double-decker buses and taking their art show throughout the city.

“I enjoy being nude,’’ said Darius, whose parents are from Europe and took him to nude beaches often when he was a child. “It’s a pleasure to indulge in that enjoyment on a sidewalk in Manhattan.’’

Onlookers, many snapping photos and shooting videos on their cellphones, shared words of encouragement with the models, who endured up to three-hour painting sessions with temperatures in the low 70s.

Artist Andy Golub, who painted bodybuilder Vanessa Adams, created NYC Bodypainting Day as a way to promote human connection through art. He said he and the other artists were creating art inspired by the models’ “inner beauty,’’ the theme for this year’s event.

AP
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