LEWISVILLE, Tex. — Is wearing body paint the same as being nude? Well, now it is for one Texas town. The issue was addressed Monday night at the Lewisville city council meeting. The question surfaced following a complaint at one of the city’s popular “breastaurants.”
It’s not what’s on the menu, rather what’s on the wait staff, that’s serving up a visual appetizer for some.
“Oh, let me get my glasses,” Steve Forsyth said as he took a closer look at pictures of the restaurant’s waitresses posted online.
Facebook pictures show some of the waitresses wearing nothing more than body paint covering their parts.
“No clothes? Just body paint? I think that’s pretty good, don’t you?” Forsyth quipped.
Lewisville police conducted an investigation, after someone filed a complaint. Restaurant management says their place plays by the rules, but the a la carte clothing had the city reevaluating its policies.
“That right there does not look like nudity to me. You can show me another picture and it might, but that doesn’t,” Doug Palis said.
Council voted 4 to 0 in favor of an ordinance change. The city concluded body paint is not considered an opaque cover-up, which is a requirement in city policy, for sexually-oriented businesses. Redneck Heaven does not have that designation.
“I certainly wouldn’t want my fiancé going to look at girls with painted boobs,” Cally Monson said.
Master body painters dish out their thoughts:
“It’s either art or advertisement — it’s a real fine line between those two depending on who’s using it for art, and who’s using for advertisement, and how they’re using for advertisement,” master body painter Mark Reid said.
“It is totally subjective. So I can see how some people are going to think it’s art and some are going to think it’s nudity. So, are they nude? That’s really up to whoever is looking at it or doing it,” Sharon Hodges with Enchanted Bodys said.
by Selena Hernandez, KDAF-TV