Jump directly to the content. Just another happy customer for me, the Scourge of New York City. After walking a mile in their headdresses, I realize the fight against the painted ladies is deeply sexist. In exchange, Chris would receive 30 percent of my earnings. The semi-nude women who call themselves desnudas - which is Spanish for naked - pose for photos in exchange for tips.
The costumed characters mob clueless tourists, demanding tips in a way I never witness the other painted ladies — at least six of us — do.
I went undercover as a topless performer in Times Square
I later overhear the undercover talking to a tourist. So are desnudas the end of civilization? They shake their heads and smile sinisterly. Tourist Sarah Lorei's eyes went wide Saturday as one of the nearly-nudes sauntered past her and her 4-year-old daughter. They seem less offended by my nudity than by the idea of paying up. More Stories. Older wives nudge their smiling husbands in our direction.