Honora Bowen first made waves and international headlines at the mere age of twenty, when she braved the cold while wearing the world’s first televised authentic lettuce bikini (in contrast to PETA’s faux-lettuce bikinis) while snowboarding in the world-famous Eenie Weenie Bikini Contest at Copper Mountain, Colorado in 2006. Her interview and snowboard run were featured on multiple television networks in the United States and Canada, including MTV, as well as newspapers nationwide—and shut down the contest for seven years, until it resumed in 2013.
That same year, Honora climbed and modeled for the iconic Stone Nudes calendar series by Dean Fidelman. By the age of twenty-two, Honora had participated in three calendars for Stone Nudes, as well as the book, “Art in Motion,” having climbed for photos in Yosemite National Park, California, Eldorado Canyon State Park, Colorado, and Tonsai, Thailand.
At the age of twenty-seven, after the passing of her father, Honora participated in Season 3 of Naked and Afraid on Discovery Channel and again made waves in the “shocking” season finale while attempting to survive naked in Lençóis Marenhenses National Park, Brazil. She was asked to return for Season 1 of Naked and Afraid XL in Colombia.
Consistently referred to as the most “infamous” contestant on Naked and Afraid, which has now become a cultural phenomenon and has been parodied by celebrities from all corners of Hollywood, Honora has been referenced by celebrities and talk show hosts nationwide, including David Letterman and Alex Jones. She is perhaps best known for outing the show and becoming one of the first people in Hollywood to openly expose the unethical practices of what goes on behind the scenes. Her 2016 account of what happened preceded the Me Too (#MeToo) movement by 18 months, and was undoubtedly a player in that historic movement.
Often labelled by other people and talk show hosts as a “feminist,” Honora does not identify with any particular “label,” but rather, is a promoter of human and animal rights. One’s sex or gender has nothing to do with their ability or right to make a mark on the world.
Honora has spent her life as an artist and purposefully rejected capitalism. She has spent a large portion of her time advocating for social and justice causes including: bringing attention to the dog meat trade and assisting nonprofit organizations raise money and find transportation for rescued dogs; raising money for homeless dogs in the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma; bringing attention to the unfair and unethical treatment of prisoners and incarcerated people in the United States; and pushing for young people to get out and vote.
She is an advocate for Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and has dedicated much of her writing to bringing immediate attention to the existential threat of global warming. Inextricably tied into global warming are society’s needs to move away from capitalism and its inherent greed and need for constant production, and to move away from eating animal products in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Honora was raised as a nudist in the only state that allows legal nudity (Vermont), and has spent her life pushing for the desexualization of nudity. One of her role models as a child was her elementary school best friend’s older sister, who became infamous for disrobing during her high school graduation valedictorian speech at Long Trail School, Vermont, in 1997. Honora witnessed her refuse to accept money and refuse to participate in interviews on the David Letterman show or Hard Copy because she was making a powerful statement about desexualization, empowerment, and censorship.
Honora has been a certified herbalist, aromatherapist, and nationally certified massage therapist since 2006, and holds an A.A. and B.A. in the visual and performing arts.
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