Till some years back, they would only set the mercury rising. Now, however, nude magazine shoots seem to be flaring tempers, too. In January alone, three prominent names — model Miranda Kerr, Miss Universe 2004 Jennifer Hawkins and singer Rihanna — came under fire for posing nude.
Kerr, who is dating actor Orlando Bloom, was blasted for her ‘child-like’ physique after shedding her layers for GQ magazine’s February edition. “She has the body of a 12-year-old... not sexy at all,” posted a reader on the website Huffington Post. Kerr has defended her ‘unhealthy’ weight saying, “I’ve been the same weight for four years.”
Hawkins, who posed in the buff for Marie Claire magazine, also came under fire when Aussie radio host Bianca Dye slammed the photoshoot, saying it is “just not right” for the magazine to push her as the pin-up for female body confidence.
Rihanna, who posed naked for the cover of her single, Rude Boy, with a lit cigarette in her mouth, was criticised for ‘glamorising’ smoking. There were several such instances last year, too. While tennis star Serena Williams’ naked photoshoot for the cover of ESPN Magazine’s Body Issue in October was targeted by international tennis authorities, Playboy covergirl Joanna Krupa received flak for her nude shoot for PETA.
In the campaign titled ‘Be an Angel for Animals’, Krupa was seen holding a crucifix that covered only the bare minimum. The pose caused a furore among Catholic groups, but Krupa said she was ‘proud’ of the campaign.