This week, Kim Kardashian made headlines (again) after posting a nude selfie
on Instagram to shut down claims that she was using a surrogate. The move was bold, well-executed (#goodlighting), and followed in a long line of stars who've posed for nude photos while pregnant — even though in Kim’s case, she has yet to do so for the cover of a magazine.Glee
star Naya Rivera followed suit
(despite having previously slammed the reality star for last year’s Paper
magazine cover), providing further evidence that the trend kicked off by Demi Moore in 1991 may outlive us all: pregnant celebrities posing nude — specifically, on magazine covers.
Interestingly, the majority of stars who've mimicked Moore's tasteful — though shocking at the time — Vanity Fair
cover (which was photographed by Annie Leibowitz, lending it an air of sophistication), have been pop stars and reality stars. It's not as though Keira Knightley, Amy Adams, or any other Oscar hopefuls past or present are sharing their maternity birthday suit with the entire world. We wouldn't hold our breath to see Carey Mulligan stripping down for Mario Testino in the all-important Oscar-themed March issue of VF
So, is posing nude and pregnant meant to send the message that a woman's body is beautiful, or that the person doing the posing needs attention? The truth may be a bit of both. Here we take a look at some of the most talked-about covers.