The bold and the boudoir: Sexy photoshoots are a confidence booster for women

Mrs Carol Gockel is among a growing number of Singaporean women who pay for boudoir shoots, an intimate, sensual style of photography done in a private setting.
Mrs Carol Gockel is among a growing number of Singaporean women who pay for boudoir shoots, an intimate, sensual style of photography done in a private setting.PHOTO: THE BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER
In 2016, Mrs Carol Gockel did a boudoir shoot at age 39, calling it an "empowering" experience.
In 2016, Mrs Carol Gockel did a boudoir shoot at age 39, calling it an "empowering" experience.PHOTO: THE BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER
Mrs Carolyn Soemarjono of The Boudoir Photographer repurposed one floor of her home into a Parisian-themed bedroom-cum-studio.
Mrs Carolyn Soemarjono of The Boudoir Photographer repurposed one floor of her home into a Parisian-themed bedroom-cum-studio.PHOTO: JULIA WHALE PHOTOGRAPHY

Growing up, Mrs Carol Gockel felt unattractive.

As a child, she was told she was too tall, too tanned, and had crooked teeth. Her childhood sweetheart, whom she married at 22, constantly derided her adult acne and cup size. He encouraged her to wear push-up bras and low-cut tops that left her feeling "vulgar". At his behest, she even went under the knife to increase her cup size from an A to a C.

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