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Interview with Dawn Porter (who Get’s Naked on BBC Three tonight)

By mofgimmers on February 14th, 2008 27 comments

dawnporter.jpgDawn Porter is either brave or daft. Chances are, like most writers, she a bit of both. We’ve seen her in Super Skinny Me, as well as appearing with Gok Wan on How To Look Good Naked… and now, she’s showing us four documentary films about lesbianism, her naked body, pregnancy and much more. It seems that nothing is off limits for Dawn.

Seeing as the first documentary of hers on showing tonight, it seems like the perfect time to catch up with her and see what’s going down. Remember folks. Dawn Goes Naked BBC Three, Tonight, 9pm. Now, let’s go over the jump together and see what she has to say.


We seen you causing trouble in Balls of Steel, almost vanishing to a size zero in Super Slim Me, showing how loads of beauty products are rubbish on How to Look Good Naked… and now, a series of docs that see you go naked and lesbian amongst other things…

I guess I have never been one to shy away when a point has to be made. Being able to mix that with being a total girl and talking about make-up, diets, babies and sex is just a treat of a position to be in…

In Dawn Gets Naked (BBC Three, Tonight, 9pm) is it true that you that you host a naked flashmob in central London?

Yes, I hired an open top bus and one lucky man had the task of driving it around all day. I say he was lucky because the bus was full of women in various states of undress. It was a hot, we caused a riot that day!

In the ‘Naked’ show, you also get airbrushed. How was it seeing yourself in that way? Did you feel like you wanted to hate it because it pushes the unreachable image of women set by the fashion industry or did you just give in and think ‘wow’?

Of course I did. I looked amazing after I had been airbrushed, anyone would. But the issue is, is that it wasn’t me. They had taken my moles away, swapped my eyes over, reshaped my nose and stretched my neck. The image was recognizable as me but it wasn’t true. I am not against airbrushing, and I totally agree that photos in magazines are art, and that they should be made to look the best they can be. I am all up for evening out skin tone and making hair a bit shinier. But total reformation of a head and body is weird. My point was not to be angry about it and try to stop it, just to make normal people aware of it so they don’t compare themselves to a computer generated image…

What exactly does Dawn Goes Lesbian entail? Surely you didn’t go the whole hog just for TV?

Certainly not! I have had sexual experiences with girls before, and am quite open about it. In Dawn Gets Lesbian, I was looking to see if I could find an emotional connection with a women, that was beyond friendship and not about sex. Not wanting to give too much away, but I proved that I could in the end! It is also a fascinating look into female sexuality. It is very very bold, and I was the most open in this film than I have been in any of the others.

You’ve also shot Dawn Gets A Baby. What did you make of the girls who are “too posh to push”?

Everyone’s childbirth experience is different. It is a terrifying prospect and people have the right to chose how they want to give birth. All I think is important, is that the baby gets out OK, and the mother goes through as little stress as possible. I LOVED making this documentary, it is very candid, but really sweet.

You’ve done some pretty extreme shows… is anything off-limits for you?

Is anything really off limits for me? Um…I wouldn’t kill anyone just for TV…hahaha… even though I pick quite sexual subjects, I have limits on how far I would go on TV. After writing my very naughty book, Diaries of an Internet Lover, I think I got away with it once, but I don’t like to go on too much about sexy stuff. I think people get bored of it quickly, and also, no-one really wants to hear the intricate details of someones sexual activities over and over again…but apart from that, if a subject genuinely interests me, then I am there!

Have you any plans to make a series from your book, Diaries of an Internet Lover?

I am in talks about this at the moment…watch this space.

After this four parter, what’s next?

I am living in LA at the moment, making a series of four docs for Channel 4. I will be living as different sorts of wives around the world. one as a Mormon wife, one in a Polyamourous sect, one as a Geisha and one will see me going through the process of being a mail order bride in Russia….to be aired in June.

Dawn Porter Get’s Naked, Tonight, BBC Three, 9pm

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  • sarah stanton

    wow i’ve just finished watching this on tv.An i think it’s a brill idea.

    i’m sarah an i’m 27 nearly 28.i have one child how’s nealy 4.
    i think wot she’s doing is great an i’d love to help in anyway.thank you for reading this x x

    sarah stanton

  • Joanna

    What a show! What a great idea! I have just watched the documentary and so would have loved to have gone on that bus. It is about time someone did something about this subject. I would love to get involved and help.I am 25 yrs and getting prepared to get married – sick of looking at bridal magazines and the ‘perfect’ bride!
    Well done Dawn!
    x

  • Keith

    Dawn,

    You copped out. What was with the leaves. You are not classically beautiful but I find you attractive. But if you are going to do a programme that has naked in the title then follow thru’

    I would have got on the bus if I lived in London

  • Steve

    Fascinating programme, but you reinforced the stereotypes by not getting naked!! What next? Top Gear not showing any cars??!!!

  • sasha

    Dawn Porter is terrible in every way. Her shows are absolute drivel, all she does is try and over sexualise everything she does. She’s not intelligent, funny nor appealing in any way – please get off out screens for good.

  • holly stagg

    i think she’s amazing. i don’t think she ‘sexualises’ herself.she puts herself and her flaws on the line to make a point. ive suffered from an eating disorder for fifteen years and from seeing how beautiful and healthy she looks ive finally realised how warped my conceptions of what beauty is.

  • Chloe

    I just watched Dawns documentary, i thought everything she did was amazing. Made me laugh through alot of it! I think its a really good idea. You said you have clear skin, i don’t i have acne and i the whole programme made me feel so good about myself. I think you’ve got a lovely figure..Nothing to be ashamed of! Your brave and i look up to you!

  • Maureen

    I think what you did on that show was amazing. Am 20 got body hang ups from stretch marks to wot not and although I still wouldnt have the guts to do what you did, am sure you have changed the images on people minds about not being ashamed of your body. I wreckon you should do more shows like that.

  • danielle gregory

    hey i watched dawns programme on bbc 1 dawn porter get naked with me and i found it realli good. it showed me that you should be comfortable with the body you’ve got and that even celebrities are minging with out make up on and that they are all fake. im at college studying hairdressing and i had to do an essay on women being presured into looking a certain way(like size zero) and i found it helpful with my essay.. i was just wondering when is she doin more programmes on looking and being confident with your own body and exposeing the celebrity world…..

  • F Hanif

    WoW, Dawn Porter…. She is lookin very sexy in the documentries. I want to meet her, want to go for a date with her and want to FCUK her.
    DAWN lots of kisses….. I wanna lick you from head to toe.

  • Kassie

    I have followed Dawn’s series of shows and THOUROUGHLY enjoyed them. I like her down to earth realism and the way she is willing to put herself thru some pretty emotionally challenging experiences in order to make her point. I find her programmes entertaining, VERY pertinent to women today & her subjects challenge some of the biggest issues there are without being political.

    I hope you go on using your access to tv to continue representing “normal” woman help counter so many of the negative fallout that occurs as a result of tabloid/glossie etc adverts and the inferred “ideal” woman.

  • bethany

    i think that some of the people who have commented on this are missing the point.
    i’m 17 and in this day and age, teens are polluted by “picture perfect” women on the front of magazines and plastering themselves on huge billboards and in shop windows.
    Dawn porter set out on a mission to get a group of women to celebrate their body and be proud of what they are. She was pretty much naked the whole way through the programme and the people who are giving negative feed back are just too scared to admit that they would be too afraid to do what she did.
    Dawn Porter is an inspiration to all women, she celebrates the fact that we aren’t perfect and lets us all know, that’s it’s okay to have imperfections.

  • Jannike

    Hi Dawn,

    I am currently at sixth form, studying A levels in Enlish lit and lang, sociology and psychology.

    I admire your work and want to go into journalism too, preferably reporting and making documentaries.

    Please tell me what the best routes into the industry are, or how you got to do what you do now.

    Thank you,

    Jannike xxxx

  • Rhiannon

    I watched this tonight and i truly admire Dawn Porter and how brave she was. It has really encouraged me to get out there more and love my body how i am.
    All those women were amazing who contributed towards getting on the bus and showing off who real women are, those women are icons who many women should look upto.
    Dawn Porter completed her mission rather successfully! and i hope that the tv series has had effect on the women of Britain who hate their wobbly bits even though they are all very beautiful and have nothing to be ashamed off!
    Thankyou so much for the encouragement and the work you did Dawn Porter
    Very Grateful
    Rhiannon xxx

  • Rhiannon

    I watched this tonight and i truly admire Dawn Porter and how brave she was. It has really encouraged me to get out there more and love my body how i am.
    All those women were amazing who contributed towards getting on the bus and showing off who real women are, those women are icons who many women should look upto.
    Dawn Porter completed her mission rather successfully! and i hope that the tv series has had effect on the women of Britain who hate their wobbly bits even though they are all very beautiful and have nothing to be ashamed off!
    Thankyou so much for the encouragement and the work you did Dawn Porter
    Very Grateful
    Rhiannon xxx

  • P Thomas

    I’ve only just seen this programme and was both amused and disappointed. The theme appears to be that because females are unhappy at being portrayed as having perfect bodies they become ashamed of their own natural attributes. Consequently they need to get naked to explain that they are female. This seems at odds with the feminist view that women are more than their anatomical parts. In effect all Dawn showed was that her facial spots, public hair and nipples are what she thinks she’s about when her personality is wrapped up in her infectious smile which was the one redeeming feature of a otherwise pointless exercise in narcissism.

  • jethro

    DAWN: BLOODY GOOD ON YOU – – WICKED!!!

  • hannah

    will this be happening again?????

    im so there next time i cant believe i didn’t know about it and i live in london!

  • Mac Campbell

    Absoloutley fantastic programme.Having had a few relationships in my life, I’ve spent half of it trying to convince women that what they have is what they should be proud of.
    It’s not the wrapper but whats inside that counts.
    I think Dawn was brave and very sincere.
    The women that finally supported her were excited and proud to “GET NAKED”.
    Well done to all of you, especially Dawn for making the film and the BBC for showing it.
    Top Marks

  • Bill Curie

    Dawn, you are beautiful, enough said!
    Bill xx

  • michael

    Hi dawn i’ve watched you in mr dawn porter and how to look good naked . I think you are a very smart and good looking woman . have you found your mr dawn porter yet ? how did you and the aussie get on ? how would you like a half italian ?

  • albie

    I hope you don’t have SEX with those free love perverts.

    Swingers are sad.

  • Edel

    Dawn i have been watchuing your documentaries for a long time ..i love you..you make me giggle..

    and you are beautiful xx
    Edel .. dublin xx

  • andre

    Hmm. Some of the comments are a bit off. I thought the program was brilliant, and very informative.
    Keep up the good work Dawn :)

  • ken

    Dawn I saw part of the programe switch channels to find somthing to watch. I saw your face & thought you are beautiful. Dont worry I am not trying to chat you up as I am 55 in 2 weeks. Plus the fact I am no good with girls my last date was Aug bank holiday 1972.I am also 75% blind but can still see how beautiful you are.

  • Slug scott

    i think you are a minx

  • http://www.electricroulette.com Mof Gimmers

    Why thank-you Scott.

    Although I’m not sure ‘minx’ is usually reserved for bearded TV critics.

    Mof


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