I second what John and MJ said - my experiences at the four Fantasy Fests I've gone to were exactly the same, including that nude cruise, Garden Of Eden and all those various parties where people wear especially revealing outfits (I know that's just about everywhere at FF, lol, but I mean the fetish parties, etc.).
You see such a wide variety of people at Fantasy Fest - truly all ages and body types (and most people there don't look like models; just regular, average people of all types and sizes). And with the average age at FF being slightly older (30s-60s), it's not like Spring Break where everyone's 18-22 and in great shape, lol! It really seems like everyone on the streets, in the bars, and especially in this group, are treated with equal respect, friendliness and politeness at FF. I'm purposely posting this here in the Sunset Cruise thread, just in case anyone has any hesitation about going on these clothing optional cruises (in addition to wearing skimpy outfits at FF), and perhaps others will read this in the future as well.
I think the amount of compliments and attention you get at the parties and on the street are directly proportional to how creative and interesting (or risque) your costumes are, or perhaps how impressive or unique your bodypainting might be; not whether you're old, young, in shape or not. Of course I can't lie - there are definitely some really gorgeous ladies at FF and when they walk around bodypainted they do tend to get a lot of looks and attention, lol. However, I try to come up with the most creative and daring costumes I can, and honestly - on a few occasions at my last FF trip I got stopped for photos almost as often as some of those beautiful women (and I'm certainly no model or anything special to look at, and I'm quite short, lol). I've always found most people at FF, and especially in the Krewe, to be very non-judgmental and friendly to everyone with regards to costumes and body type. And I think you'll find people to be very supportive and encouraging if they know you're wearing outfits at FF that are perhaps more daring than you're typically used to doing; where you might feel uncomfortable at first. If anyone has any apprehension or feels unsure about wearing certain revealing costumes or getting bodypainted at FF - I think you'll be pleasantly surprised when you see how many others there are wearing similar outfits (or paintings) and are far more out of shape than you might be (and are walking around confidently and getting compliments on their outfits), and how friendly and encouraging everyone seems to be
I don't have much experience with nudist resorts, but I'd imagine this might be a similar situation with such a wide variety of people and body types - it's almost literally impossible for anyone to go up to you and say, or even just think to themselves - 'You really shouldn't be wearing that', because there will certainly be hundreds or thousands of people there who are wearing similar (or more revealing) outfits as yours, and who are older, larger or very out of shape, lol. I hope this post might be somewhat reassuring and encouraging if anyone reads this and is a little nervous or uncomfortable, and hasn't yet been to Fantasy Fest or hung out with the Krewe