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Tampa's Kerri Cipriani talks about starring in VH1's 'Dating Naked'

Kerri Cipriani and Chris Aldrich are the stars of VH1’s Dating Naked: Playing for Keeps, which premieres Wednesday. Cipriani, 25, works as a nursing recruiter in Tampa.
Kerri Cipriani and Chris Aldrich are the stars of VH1’s Dating Naked: Playing for Keeps, which premieres Wednesday. Cipriani, 25, works as a nursing recruiter in Tampa.
Published Jul. 19, 2015

Meeting someone in Tampa was hard for Kerri Cipriani. She'd tried the bar scene, online dating and meeting friends of friends.

On a whim, the 25-year-old nursing recruiter auditioned for a dating TV show. She didn't get cast on that show, but the producers of another project called her back.

It was called Dating Naked, a show with a premise just like it sounds.

"They asked me to come in for more auditions," she said.

Her story captivated them. She had a boyfriend of five years who was being ribbed for having no game, Cipriani said, so she challenged him to get girl's phone number. In the end, she said, her boyfriend cheated on her with that girl.

The kicker: She was able to tell producers the story in the buff.

"After about 15 minutes you don't even realize the cameras are there anymore," Cipriani said.

VH1's Dating Naked: Playing for Keeps cast Cipriani and Chris Aldrich as the main daters and whisked them off to NoaNoa Island in the Philippines for 10 weeks packed with 20 blind dates with nude strangers.

It was the chance of a lifetime for Cipriani, who grew up in Ohio, and had never been overseas.

"Truthfully, I've always found myself a little outrageous and I really crave spontaneity," said Cipriani. "I thought that if any one could keep up with me it would be the kind of person who would do something like this...

Cipriani and Aldrich could choose at the end to date one another or one of the other people they'd met during their stay.

We'll get the details of how it all turned out when Season 2 of Dating Naked premieres Wednesday on VH1. In the meantime, Cipriani dished with the Times about how to avoid killer sunburns and what being a short-term nudist is really like.

There had to be some folks who were nervous to get naked in front of you. How did you deal with that?

You know, it's the nervous people I ended up liking more. Those people who came out and just took off their clothes like they were ready to put on a show, I think they were there more for the entertainment value.

What was it like essentially dating three guys at once for the whole trip?

For me, I think the hardest thing is being as genuine as possible with every person. I really wanted to make sure I was giving each person a genuine part of myself. It's a juggling act. It's not easy. I don't know if I did give each person time alone with me and a chance of getting to know me during individual time. The Bachelorette — I don't know how she does it.

Did the guys ever comment on how well-endowed the other guys were?

Oh, gosh. It was uncomfortable. I will say the guys made a lot of what they were working with. They all made a big deal about how they wouldn't talk about it, but they talked about it. There were girls there with fake boobs and no one commented. But every single guy made some sort of comment (about one another's genitalia). They all talked about it the whole time.

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Was there ever anyone who showed up and you just wanted run screaming before the date?

I think it's possible in my mind I had some of those reactions. But it's difficult to prejudge someone naked. Everyone has this image they want to create. There were some guys who turned out to be viable candidates who I would never pay mind to on a date and they wouldn't pay attention to me based on the way we were dressed. We wouldn't see ourselves as we are.

You were basically naked all day everyday for weeks. How did you not come away looking like an old leather shoe?

You know what? I wore a ton of bronzer and it shows. My skin was literally glowing by the third day. It was SPF 30. I was more worried about my sweat showing than getting a sunburn. During every break in taping, we were literally applying my skin care and hydrating. Chris, on the other hand, had some gnarly burns (on his rear).


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