W Magazine was first created in 1971, but has definitely evolved over the years. It is often confused with its sister magazine, Women’s Wear Daily, but it is a separate publication all on its own. While the magazine definitely chooses to focus in part on fashion and women’s issues, the editorials and pictorial spreads have often leaned towards the more controversial and thought-provoking subjects.
While ultra provocative photos aren’t exactly new to magazine covers and spreads, W Magazine has made it into an art form that makes it stand out among all the other publications on the market. From 60-page spreads that try and dissect the notion of the traditional American family to leather and lace shoots that change the public perception of a celebrity, W Magazine has seemingly done it all through each of their monthly issues.
Just as magazines seek out the most sought-after celebrities to help sell their issues, celebrities also tend to use their pictorial spreads to help promote themselves to the public. Whether it’s an upcoming film to promote or just trying to give off a sexier look, celebrities often try and revamp their public persona through high profile magazine spreads. Regardless of what the agenda is behind all these highly sexualized photos, readers get to simply enjoy these pictorials for what they are – stunning photos of some of the hottest women in Hollywood. Check out our list of the 15 sexiest spreads for W Magazine, and see how a picture can truly tell a thousand words.
15 Eva Green
Eva Green has been known for taking on ultra provocative roles, ever since she was first introduced to audiences through the NC-17 film, The Dreamers. Yet, it was her portrayal of Vanessa Ives in the hit show, Penny Dreadful, that truly solidified her willingness to go above and beyond for a character. From having sex with a spirit to numerous nude shots of Green throughout the series, she proved that she didn’t have any body hang-ups in her acting roles. With the series wrapping up with the conclusion of Green’s character’s death, many highly anticipate Green’s next role. In a photo shoot for W Magazine, Green was featured for the August 2016 issue. Although many of the photos highlighted Green’s piercing light eyes, the black and white photo was definitely the sexiest. The ensemble included an over-the-top hat, an ultra cinched waist, and sexy black shoes. Her top provided ultimate full-coverage, which was a great way to show off her long and sexy legs. Proving that there is definitely a plus to be considered an odd beauty, the photo can easily be seen as a piece of art rather than simply a celebrity photo.
14 Kristen Stewart
While Stewart has donned the covers of a number of magazines throughout her career, many of her photo spreads have featured a more innocent look to the Twilight star. Since her Bella Swan character appealed to a much younger audience, Stewart was often depicted as a fresh-faced youth in many of her photo shoots. Yet, the end of the Twilight series seemed to bring on a new emergence of sexiness for Stewart, which was definitely apparent in her photo spread for W Magazine in September 2011. Not often seen with ultra big hair and a sex kitten look, Stewart embodied the glam of the 70’s. Proving that it wasn’t just Bella’s transformation to a vampire in The Breaking Dawn Saga that allowed her to unleash her inner sexy, W Magazine did a great job at showcasing her beauty in print. The photo spread included a mix of fuzzy furs and black leather, and the black-and-white effect put a totally different spin on her signature look.
13 Vanessa Hudgens
Starting off as just another Disney kid, Vanessa Hudgens had plenty of minds to change regarding her celebrity status and acting ability. With so many of her fellow Disney alums breaking down under the pressure of stardom, it doesn’t seem like the public has much room for tolerating another Britney Spears or Miley Cyrus type celebrity. She did stick to the cliché Disney theme early on in her career, even having a messy relationship and breakup with fellow actor, Zac Efron. Yet, Hudgens has been able to prove that she is far stronger than some of her former cast mates. This became blatantly clear in early 2016, when she starred as Rizzo in Fox’s Grease Live, just hours after her father succumbed to cancer. In March 2014, Hudgens posed for W Magazine in a shot that looked far from her Disney character. Appearing nude, with just some white bedding to cover her, Hudgens looks sophisticated and classically beautiful in a photoshoot in black-and-white.
While Ciara was first introduced to the public through her music career, she has become more known for the drama surrounding her personal life in recent years. Although you may find it difficult to recall the latest hit Ciara song, you’ve probably heard about some of her famous hookups and breakups. The very public breakup with the rapper, Future, culminated in back-and-forth lawsuits, and she has gone public with every little detail regarding her current marriage to Seattle Seahawks player, Russell Wilson. With her private life being thrust into the public eye, she became a celebrity that was sought-after by magazines to intrigue viewers. When she posed for W Magazine for the March 2014 issue, she hadn’t yet been romantically linked to Wilson. Yet, it stands to reason Wilson may not have been the only one to focus on Ciara’s hotness after seeing her W Magazine spread. Shot in black and white, Ciara can be seen in a plunging white top with a seductive look. Showcasing her signature toned arms and her fresh hairstyle with blonde highlights, it’s easy to see how she was able to snag a new man so quickly.
11 Ellen Page
Best known for her role as a pregnant high school student in the hit film, Juno, Ellen Page has continued to struggle to be seen as more than a child actress in Hollywood. Although she’s starred in a number of well-known films like Inception and the X-Men film series, Page hasn’t been able to shake free of her baby-faced looks. In 2014, Ellen Page shocked the public when she stated she was a gay woman at the Human Rights Campaign’s Time to Thrive conference for the LGBT community. Despite coming out of the closet and being considerably older than when she portrayed a young teen in Juno, the world still finds it difficult to see Page as a full-on hottie in Hollywood. Hoping to change people’s minds, Page starred as the cover model for W Magazine in September 2014. The cover was a bit covered up, but the inside pictorial definitely wasn’t afraid to bare it all. Stripping down to her panties, W Magazine named Page one of only five women “who totally rule.” At 27-years-old, she still held onto her baby girl face, but her body sure did catch up with her.
10 David And Victoria Beckham
While David Beckham was pretty much the biggest sports star in the entire world (outside of America), the fact is that the U.S. doesn’t value soccer the way the rest of the world does. In an effort to amp up his celeb appeal, Beckham moved to the U.S. and brought along his entire family. This includes the former Spice Girl turned fashion designer, Victoria Beckham, and the two became arguably the sexiest celebrity couple in the United States. The couple posed together for W Magazine in a May 2007 shoot, and the spread was more than just a little bit steamy. Seemingly poised to have sex on top of a car, Victoria looks super sensual while David looks a little ticked off to be interrupted by the photographer. Proving that the Brits know how to give off some sexy, this is a spread that will go down in W Magazine’s history.
9 Mila Kunis
When Mila Kunis was first introduced to audiences through her role as Jackie Burkhart in That 70’s Show, the world could never have known she would become one of Hollywood’s hottest film stars. Starring alongside some of the industry’s most sought-after leading men, Kunis has solidified herself as a starlet worth every penny in seeing on the silver screen. At the start of her rise on the Hollywood ladder, Kunis posed for a March 2011 spread in W Magazine. Unlike other pictorial spreads that try and bring out her girl-next-door features, W Magazine went the opposite route by focusing on her grown-up look of sophistication and sex appeal. The spread made her look more like a Russian spy than the quirky girlfriend of Ashton Kutcher, and some ample bust cleavage didn’t exactly hurt. Helping to rework her public image, perhaps pictorial spreads like this one was responsible for accelerating her climb to the top in film roles.
8 Scarlett Johansson
Posing for W Magazine in February 2015, Scarlett Johansson has proven that she still has the sex appeal audiences expect from her. Ever since she first exploded onto the scene as Hollywood’s hottest new “It” girl, Johansson has been admired, praised, and obsessed over by the general public. Starring in a string of hit films early on in her career, things have seemed to slow down a bit in recent years. Yet, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it was Scarlett Johansson’s voice that played the operating system in the computer love story film, Her. It seems that everything about Johansson is appealing to the opposite sex, even if it’s just her voice. Fortunately, readers of W Magazine get much more than just a voice coming from a computer screen for her pictorial spread. While there are a number of different shots to choose from, it’s the lingerie shot that best embodies her immense sex appeal in front of the camera.
7 Taraji P. Henson
Oftentimes, actresses tend to use television as a stepping stone to let them achieve their true goal of becoming a film star. Yet, not all actors find ultimate success through portrayals on the silver screen. While Taraji P. Henson had some moderate success in films like, Baby Boy, it seems that her role as Cookie Lyon on the television show, Empire, is the role that has given her the most awards and accolades. Proving that not all actresses think of TV as a stepping stone, Henson has become a true star regardless that is on the small screen. Embracing her newfound confidence, W Magazine chose to highlight her for a pictorial piece in August 2015. Empire doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, and Henson couldn’t help but flaunt her professional success through a few scantily clad shots for W readers. Big thanks to Cookie for bringing out Henson’s inner sexy!
6 Amanda Seyfried
Amanda Seyfried is an actress that can’t be pigeonholed into one particular category when it comes to her onscreen persona. While some still remember her as the innocent girl from HBO’s Big Love, others can’t help but forget her role as a prostitute in the 2009 film, Chloe. Seyfried has the uncanny ability to jump from one extreme character to the next without ever alienating her fanbase. The public is able to sing along with her in Mamma Mia! and then cringe at her adult career in Lovelace without ever wanting her to be forgotten like Heather Graham. One example of Seyfried’s contradictory character in the public eye is the ultra provocative spread for W Magazine in 2014. There are a number of different poses and ensembles to choose from, but each show a darker and dirtier side to our favorite Les Miserables daughter. From the bold red lips to the smoky black cat eye, Seyfried looks like she’s been transported through time posing seductively on plastic covered furniture. Proving she’s all grown up and she’s not afraid to show off her grown-up look, W Magazine knew just how to capture her sex appeal on camera.
5 Jennifer Lawrence
As one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actresses, Jennifer Lawrence has made quite a name for herself in the entertainment industry. From becoming an Oscar winner to starring in one of Hollywood’s most successful franchise films, Lawrence has had more than her fair share of good fortune throughout her film career. She’s posed provocatively in a number of magazine spreads over the years, but her September 2010 spread for W Magazine was by far the sexiest. Posing completely nude atop a table and bar stool, it wasn’t just her lack of clothing that made the photo pop out at readers. Donning a hairstyle that is unlike any of her other signature looks on screen, she seems to be channeling a young Daryl Hannah in the mermaid film, Splash. Although some have criticized her for not being the traditional toothpick size required of a film star, Lawrence seemed to embrace her curves in the W Magazine spread in a way that only enhances her sex appeal.
4 Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian has never been known for being shy in her exhibition-style of publicity, especially since she was first introduced to the public through a sex tape with Ray J. Yet, her November 2010 photo shoot for W Magazine was seemingly difficult for the usually open-to-everything reality star. For the November “Art” issue, Kardashian was featured on the cover with the headline, “It’s all about me… I mean you… I mean me.” The cover featured Kardashian completely nude, with only the headline there to cover her naughty bits. Yet, it was the inside spread that really caught the eye for readers. The shoot featured Kardashian completely nude, only covered with silver paint. The shoot was highlighted on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, where she can be seen crying over how she felt like it was full on adult entertainment. It’s interesting how much has changed since we first saw her Mom pressuring her to pose for Playboy in 2007 and she wept over her W Magazine shoot. Nowadays, she posts her most provocative photos for Throwback Thursdays on social media, so it’s quite alright to take a gander at her silver butt back in the day.
3 Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt
In 2005, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie finally filmed together for the movie, Mr. & Mrs. Smith. At the time, Pitt was seemingly happily married to America’s Sweetheart, Jennifer Aniston, but rumors started to circulate on the chemistry between Jolie and Pitt. As part of the promotion for the movie, the pair teamed up with W Magazine for a spread shot by Steven Klein. While actors are known for posing provocatively together to promote a movie, the W Magazine spread was a bit too much for the public to tolerate. While a provocative perfume ad can be excused, a 60-page portfolio of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie pictured as a married couple with kids was asking a little too much. Unsurprisingly, Aniston and Pitt announced their separation a short time after the spread was released, and we all know what happened then. Whether you were on Team Angelina or Team Jennifer, there’s no denying how sexy some of the photos turned out. From Jolie and Pitt wrestling on the bed to the pair appearing to be in a drunken stupor, the world couldn’t help but fantasize about the two sexiest celebs in the world together at last.
2 Charlize Theron
In promoting her film, Mad Max, Charlize Theron shot the cover and a pictorial spread for the May 2015 edition of W Magazine. Although she shaved her head bald to film the movie, the photos for W Magazine show how much her hair had grown since wrapping up the film. The cover and all its coordinating photos are the ultimate in sexy, even if you aren’t into the whole smoking thing. Topless with nothing but a black jacket on the cover, and unzipping a black leather jumpsuit in one of the other photos; Theron has an undeniable sex appeal that lends itself to fashion. As the spokesperson to Dior, the public has all seen some of her glamorous commercials for the Dior ad campaign. Yet, even the $9,000 Dior coat for the W Magazine spread seemed to pale in comparison to this South African beauty. Whether it’s bald in Mad Max or the “fairest of them all” in the Snow White and the Huntsman films, Theron has a classic beauty that seems to only get better with age.
1 Chrissy Teigen
For the August 2015 edition of W Magazine’s Pop issue, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott collaborated for a spread featuring the 10 sexiest women that dabble as social media stars. Hoping to strip down these celebs to a state that isn’t normally seen through their social media profiles, this notion was taken literally in the case of Chrissy Teigen. Posing in white high waisted panties and knee high white boots, Teigen can be seen completely topless sitting on a chair covered in plastic. Unlike other topless shoots that choose to strategically place arms or hair to cover up the naughty bits, Teigen lets it all hang out without any qualms about showing off her breasts. Teigen has never been shy about revealing her body for the sake of art, fashion, or even comfort. Often quoted as saying she doesn’t like wearing a bra, the spread for W Magazine was just another day in the life of Teigen in her exhibitionist state, and the public definitely thanks her for it.
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