I grew up in Southern California as part of the surfing community. It was (and still is) considered very standard in surf photography to shoot a few pics of girls on the beach to include in your photo essay, article, film, etc. I tried it a couple times, but I just can't really do it (point my camera at women in swimwear). I guess it's just a weird thing for me.
Now, if someone points a camera at me I always go for it. I don't care if I'm out of shape, receding hairline, big belly, bad hair day, etc. Doesn't matter to me. Go for it. I don't care if people show me at my worst or my best. I just like pictures for the memories they capture.
Here's me, ready for the picture.
And here I'm not ready, but I don't care. If someone puts this online it won't kill me (oops, I just did).
I am eating chili after breaking my finger in a neighborhood football game. I was in pain and hungry. I wasn't about to go to the doctor yet (because I was hungry). Eventually I had to visit the orthopedic surgeon.