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'Everyone Should Be Naked,' Says Singer Who Stripped Down on Houston Street

By Janon Fisher | June 8, 2017 11:39am
 Television talent show contestant Santiago Ogarrio stripped down to the all-together on an East Houston media strip on Thursday morning.
Television talent show contestant Santiago Ogarrio stripped down to the all-together on an East Houston media strip on Thursday morning.
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EAST VILLAGE — Sun's out, buns out.

A former Mexican television talent show contestant and nudist advocate generated too much Vitamin D for the NYPD Thursday morning when he stripped naked on a East Houston Street median at Avenue A.

Santiago Ogarrio, who appeared fully clothed on the third season of "La Voz Mexico," decided to soak up a few rays about 8 a.m. after ditching the black gym shorts, blue shower shoes and brown velour robe he had with him.

The aspiring singer took up his post in the buff just across from P.S. 20 Anna Silver Elementary on a day the school was out of session.

Ogarrio's sunbathing didn't last long, though, as officers from the Ninth Precinct and EMTs from Mt. Sinai hospital showed and coaxed him back into his clothes — but not without an argument.

"Everyone should be naked," Ogarrio, who was wearing a crucifix around his neck and glitter on his face, told police.

"Maybe you should start a movement," one responding officer said. "I agree with you, but society doesn't allow it."

He was eventually taken away by the EMTs, but not arrested, police said.

Rush-hour traffic seemed unimpressed by the crooner's display, but pedestrians stopped to snap pictures on their cellphones.

"This is absolutely ridiculous and fascinating," Tania Dabdoub, 24, said after taking a souvenir photo. The East Village resident was returning home after a quick morning workout, noting that Ogarrio could use a little exercise himself.

"He does not work out," she said, giggling. "He could do a little more work on his abs and his arms. He could run a little bit and build up his legs."

She, like most passersby, seemed amused by the singer's birthday suit.

"He's fully naked. He's in the zone. Good for him," she added.

According to his Facebook page, Ogarrio moved to Brooklyn from Mexico City, where he competed on "La Voz Mexico." He went to high school in England and majored in Communications in college, according to an online profile. He likes Lychee Martinis and going to art exhibits on Sundays, and his music tastes tend toward Coldplay and Jason Mraz.