The end of an era came this month as Playboy ceased to publish nude pictorials in their magazines. It’s shaken things up as readers are used to those great pictorials, often of famous ladies. Even with the rise of the Internet and such, it seems a loss. However, nature abhors a vacuum, and it seems some magazines are prepared to step into that slot. It’s not a new thing, however; for years, Allure has done an annual “Look Good Naked” issue featuring stars in the buff and makeup free. Other magazines have done the same, especially in Europe which is much more free in standards than the States. There were also the slews of men’s magazines that were featured throughout the ‘90s and early 2000’s that showed ladies off very nicely.
Most of the time they’re tasteful, flashing some skin while still covered up, as seen in various covers like Rolling Stone. But others can be surprisingly open and flashing more skin than even Playboy could expect. Even with the Internet around, magazines can still attract viewers with some great spreads, notably the always fun Annie Leibovitz. So many ladies have bared all, some much more than they’ve shown in movies. Even those who did Playboy would end up in shoots even hotter and some showing more than they have in movies. Here are 20 times magazines besides Playboy have shown ladies baring all and strikingly well), to show that just because one standard of the “men’s mag” has fallen, others are ready to pick up the slack.
20 Lake Bell
The fun brunette has garnered attention for TV roles like Boston Legal and movies such as Million Dollar Arm with her bright smile and great sense of humor. She got her biggest attention for a cover for New York Magazine where she appeared naked in just a coat with a paint-on tattoo over her body but clearly showing a nipple. Bell handled it with a professional air that just made the shoot even hotter. So even if you had no idea who she was before, you could never forget her once you saw that amazing piece.
19 Jaime Pressley
The perfect image of a blonde Southern hottie, Pressley bared all in her film debut in Poison Ivy: The New Seduction. In 2006, she was back in the limelight with her performance as the nutty Joy on My Name Is Earl, which earned her an Emmy. Ultra managed to get some older modeling photos of her flashing herself in some hot shots in a cap and little else. More striking were photos she’d done for an Olympics-themed shoot that had her stark naked throwing a javelin. Pressley has cut back on nudity since, starring in the CBS sitcom Mom, but these shoots are a reminder of one of the hotter blonde firecrackers imaginable.
18 Lindsay Lohan
She stands today as a sad sign of “child stars gone crazy,” her promising career transforming into a tabloid train wreck. Yet, when she tried, Lohan could be wonderfully alluring and incredibly hot. In 2008, she attempted a comeback by teaming with Bert Stern for a New York spread that replicated Marilyn Monroe’s famous piece complete with blonde hair. It was the first time Lohan’s incredible breasts were on display and looked amazing with a bright smile to go with. She sadly hit another rough patch and hasn’t really recovered, a shame given how she lived up to Marilyn well as a fine sexy lady that you wish had gone further.
The sultry singer became a smash off the bat with her great voice but even hotter body, always flaunting it on stage and tours. Naturally, magazine shoots in GQ and others have let her show her curves and skin, albeit often covering up the good parts. In an Italian Vogue shoot, she had her breasts covered with stars and some sideboob in the Brazil edition. Finally, in 2015, she did a spread for Another that had her in a striking black coat and leather strapped outfit that bared her right breast openly. That was soon followed by her in Vanity Fair lying naked on a bed, her rear end clearly shown. The singer continues to go all out and can back her body with a voice that's just as hot.
Showing no signs of slowing down, the Material Girl continues to tour and perform and can still provide some fantastic music when she tries. Her complete lack of shame has been showcased numerous times, including a couple of picture books featuring her nude form. She’s been doing her best to keep her sex appeal up with some daring magazine spreads in recent years, the biggest being Italian Vogue in 2014. Madonna was clad in some dominatrix gear with leather and fishnets, shamelessly flashing her naked breasts and clearly having a good time. Madonna never ceases to throw herself out there and still looks amazing to remind you she’s the sexpot diva so many have followed.
15 Keira Knightley
The British actress flashed her breasts in 2001’s The Hole before she rose to fame with the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. She was soon taking off in various hot magazine spreads as her fame grew, notably the 2006 Vanity Fair cover naked with Scarlett Johansson. But her most striking was in 2014, when she appeared topless in Interview, wearing jeans and long gloves, hair wet and raggy yet utterly sexy as hell. She may not have the knockout form of others but her daring and drive win you over and prove that under the posh British exterior is a steaming hot woman.
14 Miranda Kerr
The current darling of the runway is striking with her dark hair and alluring features, so there's no wondering why she’s doffed it all a lot. Her first open one was a topless shot in Beaute magazine in 2004 but far more striking was a calendar shoot with other models in 2009, all topless in thongs that ended up on the cover of the European Vanity Fair. Numerous others have followed but Kerr’s most striking was in W magazine in 2010 when pregnant. She got back into shape nicely for a 2013 photo in Interview clad in just a fur and reminding you Orlando Bloom was once a very lucky man.
13 Heidi Klum
The German supermodel remains one of the most stunning beauties imaginable as even today, paparazzi can catch her topless at a beach looking amazing. Her career was rising in 1999 when she did a bit for Fit For Fun topless to show off her amazing bust for the first time. More striking was a 2005 spread for Vitals Woman with her kneeling naked while pregnant. Naturally, she’s done spreads for magazines in her native Germany while a 2010 Allure bit had her nude and covered in paint. No matter what, Klum is proof some women age less than others and are always amazing to see.
12 Alyssa Milano
The young woman was a fun touch of a tomboy on the hit sitcom Who’s the Boss who grew into a very hot lady. In 1993, she did some topless shots on a beach for an art book only for them to be sold to Bikini magazine. While annoyed, Milano decided to embrace this to change her image as she appeared nude in the cult favorite Embrace of the Vampire. She followed it up with another nude spread in King magazine to boost her up. In 1998, as Charmed began, Milano returned to the beach for shots in Newlook and wowed again with her impressive chest. She’s cut back on nudity since but these spreads remind you why Milano was one of the best examples ever of “child star gone hot” in recent memory.
11 Martha Hunt
As a Victoria’s Secret Angel, Hunt is used to flaunting her body in next to nothing. But it’s still impressive how she’s shown herself off in various magazines. She was topless in an epic black and white model showcase in V magazine in 2013 and later in Antidote. The Italian version of Marie Claire showed her baring her breasts on a beach, and most recently the edition LUI also had her topless in jeans on a boardwalk. Those shots, combined with her blond hair, make this one a very sinful Angel to enjoy.
10 Mariska Hargitay
Given that her mother was famed bombshell Jayne Mansfield, it’s surprising Hargitay hasn’t shown off as much. She’s best known for dressing down for her iconic role of Olivia Benson on Law & Order: SVU. In 2003 she took part in Allure’s annual “Look Better Naked" issue and it was one of the more open in the magazine. Lying back, her breasts clearly highlighted despite shadow, Mariska showed off the beauty she kept hidden in great form. Even better was the quote: “I told the photographer I don’t drop trou for anyone, I want two pages!” She got it and showed her cop is even hotter out of uniform.
9 Poppy Montgomery
The Aussie-born actress rose to attention as a sexy FBI agent on Without a Trace, her blonde hair framing a gorgeous but professional face. In 2004, she made a splash with a spread in Black + White that had her nude at the beach, showing off a body much hotter than you’d expect with firm breasts and toned legs. Montgomery would dye her hair red for the show Unforgettable and this spread makes her live up to that majorly with her memorable body on display.
8 Rose McGowan
Whether brunette, blonde or redhead, McGowan has been a knockout, even after requiring surgery following a car accident. Her time on Charmed showcased her in skimpy outfits and she showed off for Allure and a famous Rolling Stone cover naked back-to-back with Rosario Dawson. In 2014, McGowan decided to prove she still had it by showing off in a black and white spread in Flaunt magazine. Flashing her amazing chest and rear, and with her dark hair framing her body, it was a sensation to watch. This Rose truly blooms best the less clothes she has on.
7 Sienna Miller
The British actress came to prominence thanks to her relationship with Jude Law and how he cheated on her. She went about proving she could get by on her own and soon doffed it to show Law what he gave up. This included an amazing two-page spread in Vanity Fair of Miller lying on a chair in only a thong, chest fully exposed with a wicked smirk on her face. The actress has proven herself since and a reminder of how much of an idiot Law was for cheating on such a steaming beauty.
6 Angelina Jolie
From the start of her career, Jolie has never shied from nudity, showing off in numerous movies, so it's no surprise that would occur for magazines as well. She did a shoot for Isabel Snyder early in her career before she was famous to show her amazing chest off. She also bared it for Vanity Fair, lying down in a bathtub to flash that fabulous rear end. Jolie is impossible not to smolder on camera in any circumstance and baring more skin just adds to it.
5 Cindy Crawford
As one of the biggest models of the 1990s, it’s no shock Crawford showed plenty of skin over the years. While she’s had a few Playboy spreads, some of her best work has come outside the magazine. A prime example is a 1993 Annie Leibovitz shoot for Vanity Fair where Crawford posed naked, breasts clearly showing with a snake draped around her. She also showed off her breasts in a dress for Photo magazine and recently a see-through shoot. Even today, Crawford is stunning and shows off nicely everywhere.
4 Demi Moore
Everyone knows of Moore’s famed Vanity Fair spread in 1991 where she appeared on the cover heavily pregnant and nude. Less known but equally hot was in 1993 where she did another spread, on the cover and at a pool hall in what looked like a tuxedo. The notable bit was that it was painted on, meaning Moore was stark naked in the photos and having no shame about it. It’s forgotten how incredibly hot this woman was in her prime and she showcased it amazingly here to rock readers big time.
3 Jessica Biel
Once, Biel was considered a tomboy with her role in 7th Heaven showing her off as a “good girl.” In 2000, she changed that majorly when she appeared at only 17 in Gear magazine where she bad-mouthed the show and her character. More gripping was how Biel was photographed topless, flashing far more skin than she ever showed on the series and shaking her image up. It got her in hot water as the producers wrote her character off for a while and affected things but it did lead to Biel’s rise as a sexpot and thus was a good career move in the end.
2 Miley Cyrus
It’s almost hysterical to remember the fuss when Cyrus showed some bare shoulder in a Vanity Fair spread when she was 15. That’s almost quaint compared to the wild stuff she’s gotten to since with her tattooed and pierced body often on display. After teasing it several times, Cyrus finally showed her breasts in German’s Vogue in 2014 and followed that with spreads naked in V that were amazing. Her wildest was for Paper, covered in paint, hanging with a pig and more, and she’s taken it off for Candy and others. Miley seems to love being the “wild child” and flashes it off to prove that Hannah Montana has turned into a true sexpot.
1 Kim Kardashian
Kim K has never shied from flashing her body, it’s how she became famous in the first place. As her reality show took off, she was soon showing off in numerous publications such as Playboy. She was nude in silver in W and striking a pose in Love. Her most famous is of course the 2015 spread in Paper she boasted would “break the Internet” and sure seemed to succeed there. Flashing that stunning rear end and going full frontal, Kim showed that she knows exactly how to work what she’s got and can sell a magazine easily with that amazing body.