Sex

What guys want in a nude photo, according to actual guys

Eight men reveal exactly what they really want to receive in a NSFW text.

By: Mahalia Chang

When it comes to sexting, nude selfies are a bit of an enigma. Is it weird for guys to ask for them? Is it even weirder to send one out of the blue? Should I be wearing sexy lingerie? Can I put a Snapchat filter over my face, seeing as I just removed my makeup?!

Well, we grilled eight guys to find out exactly what they like when it comes to receiving naked photos… And the answers were definitely surprising.

1. Anything goes. "To be honest, if I'm in that mood where I want nudes, I just want some form of nudity. There isn't much coherency in what's going through my head, just show me anything you want." Nate, 26.

2. Keep it personal (and posing is okay). "Anything is good — except vaginas usually; I've never met a guy who likes getting full-frontal or whole-frame pictures of genitalia. But the best nudes I've ever gotten are specific to me, like, either wearing one of my shirts or jerseys if they stayed over, or they're still in my bed. The best is getting them randomly. Like in middle of the day, or when you're not even flirting at the time, or not planning on seeing them soon. And despite what we say, we do like girls who pose. Even the slutty Insta-posing. Yes, even duck face. We don't care." Ben, 24.

3. Skip the puppy-dog ears. "Guys aren't that picky, to be honest. Decent lighting. Leave out the Snapchat filters. Boobs are a plus." Sam, 27.

4. Lingerie gets the boys. "I like something kind of personal and a bit cheeky and not too serious. Lingerie is always a winner, too." James, 30.

5. Be you (and be bold). "Naked pictures of women are freely available online, the difference in receiving a nude is that you know who this person is, they are not a "professional" and they are specifically showing you. So what I like is an unfiltered shot, nothing too posed and they are confident in wanting me to see all of them. I'm definitely a boobs guy too!" Alexander, 28.

6. Get creative. "I'm a simple man; I like lingerie, a good smile, promiscuous positions… just don't stand in front of the mirror like you're taking a before and after gym shot. You have to try really hard to send bad nudes and I don't think any guy is going to be complaining regardless." Miles, 32.

7. You don't have to strip all the way down. "I think I prefer a half nude. Something that alludes to nudity, sensuality and sexuality is so much better than actual nudity. That's why we like nice lingerie and bikinis." Michael, 27.

8. Keep it moving. "All I'm saying is, Boomerang is a wildly under-utilised resource for nudes." Alex, 33.