There is something to be said for the vintage feel of many so-called boudoir photo sessions. They can take virtually any person, regardless of all physical aspects, and turn them into something soft, sensual, and almost mysterious. Aside from the fact that most celebrities- on this list or not- are all of those things anyway, boudoir photos take it to the next level. Simply put, they ooze sex appeal, probably because they involve bedrooms, lingerie and/or full nudity, and a come-hither air made complete by the pouty lips and bewitching sort of look that seem to be typical of this sort of photo shoot.
Boudoir photography is no longer just for the rich and the famous. Increasingly, it is becoming something women do for a wedding gift for their fiancés/husbands, or something they do for themselves just for fun, kind of like a new and improved alternative to Glamour Shots (remember those?). And why not? These photos are fun, frisky, and can be tailored to each individual, using props or backgrounds or outfits to make each and every boudoir shoot unique.
Below I present to you 15 of the most beautiful women in Hollywood- both models and actresses- all of whom have engaged in one type of boudoir photo session or another. Their beauty and their bodies are highlighted by the nature of these photos, and I think that by the end of it, all of them will be even more attractive in your eyes, having seen them in this new yet classic light. I know they were to me.
15 Emily Ratajkowski
English actress and model Emily Ratajkowski is probably best known for playing Andie Hardy in Gone Girl (she was the student-turned-homewrecker who got with Ben Affleck’s character). But she has done more modeling than anything, which is perhaps why this boudoir photo of her (one of many to choose from) is so perfect. It is one of those things in life that is perfect because of its imperfections; this photo seems more real than a lot of the ones I came across. For example, Emily is not perfectly or overly made-up; she looks natural. The bedroom is not one from a fantasy, her hair looks really messy (not sexy-messy), and she is not even wearing uber-sexy lingerie, which like the imperfect being perfect, is actually sexier. Her silk top leaves more to the imagination, and her high-topped lace panties show off her curves and flat tummy. And that pose? Now that is worthy of one of the “perfect” boudoir shots, but I still like this one better.
14 Ashley Olsen
The Olsen twins, whom Ashley Olsen is one half of, are known now for being kind of oddballs, quite contrary to their bubbly, cutesie image during their childhood and teenage years. We are used to seeing photos of them as adults that make them look more alien-like than the 20-something fashionistas they are. But in this photo, Ashley, while still looking a bit disturbed, is appealing in a way that is different from both the creepy and the cute ways she usually is. Who knows? Maybe it can be attributed to the fact that there is only one of her in this picture, but then there is also her petite, curled-up figure, unclothed from the waist down. And that disturbed look is also wistful, and musing, and preoccupied, as if she has something on her mind other than fashion, boys, or Mary-Kate. And that is sexy, much more so than her frock-wearing, bug-eyed, purse-lipped norm.
13 Laetitia Casta
French model Laetitia Casta looks like she is just waiting for her man to walk through the door; she is all dolled up and sitting on the edge of the bed looking oh-so feminine. The black of her unique lingerie contrasts her fair skin nicely, and the heels add to the length of her already impossibly long legs, legs that in this photo are just begging to be wrapped around a man. Her hair off to one side, a forlorn look on her gorgeous face, and the seemingly wistful strength that this photo portrays all add to the beauty of it, as does the brownish-purple filter that falls somewhere between color and black and white. Interestingly, Laetitia is known for her blue eyes, curvaceous figure, and brilliant smile, but in this picture, you can see none of these things. Nonetheless, it is just as charming as any of the others where those things are all evident. That is the mark of a great model, I suppose; to be able to convey all kinds of emotion and not only that which you are good at.
12 Kristin Kreuk
Kristin Kreuk is mostly famous for playing Lana Lang on the CW superhero show Smallville from 2001-2009. The stunning actress, who is of Chinese and Dutch descent, poses for her boudoir photo wearing fishnets, heels, and an off-the-shoulder sweater that you know does not cover everything in front. Her pout, her curls, and her demure look all scream seduction. That she sits on the back of a sofa, in front of a cityscape backdrop, all in black and white, only adds to the feeling of this photo. Kristin has a few different boudoir shots out there, mostly in black and white, and all of them just as pretty as this one. In the others, she is posed just as suggestively, but on a bed and wearing black lingerie. As nice as they are though, there is something about this particular shot that is a little something different than the “norm” for the boudoir photo.
11 Kaley Cuoco
She can hang with the geeks on The Big Bang Theory, she can play a witch on Charmed, and apparently, she can be quite the temptress in a boudoir photo shoot, as well. I am so accustomed now to her snarky character of Penny on The Big Bang Theory that I never would have pictured her this way, but she is quite lovely. Tastefully done, this photo really brings out her features- the smooth skin, big eyes, shapely brows, and full lips that all work together to create her harmonious visage. Less is more, as they say, and in this case it is the truth. With only a sheet, and her hair pinned back, she wears only a pair of studded earrings, and because there is nothing else to focus on her but her and her alone, her beauty is a lot more obvious. It is one boudoir photo that is sexy, but not necessarily sexual.
10 Isla Fisher
Everyone’s favorite red-head stuns in this simple yet elegant shot. Kind of smiling and kind of not, Isla appears relaxed, lying on a divan. Her milky white skin glows in the soft light, underneath a layer or two of sandy-colored dress. Her jewelry minimal, her hair messy-sexy, her chocolate eyes smoldering, this photo is all-around flattering of Isla, who most recently played Karen in the 2016 movie Keeping Up with the Joneses. That Sacha Baron Cohen is one lucky man to have this beauty as his wife, and upon seeing this picture, he or any man would likely have the urge to climb right in beside her on that plushy cushion. Unlike some models or actresses, Isla retains her kind face even when posing for a photo shoot, and even when the shoot is supposed to be an enticing boudoir one.
9 Minka Kelly
Minka Kelly is one of those drop-dead gorgeous women who is so pretty, people sometimes fail to notice that her body is equally worthy of awe. I love that in this boudoir photo, her body is the focus, as her face, while still beautiful, is essentially expressionless, giving the spotlight to her tan shape. The shadows play out well across her legs, toned stomach, and perky breasts, and the girly white lingerie helps, as Minka’s dark locks flow over her skin and the lace. In the background a bed sits waiting, not a main focus of the picture but just there so it is in the back of our mind. A wakeboarder and horseback rider, Minka says she knew she was not cut out for modeling (I beg to differ) because, “I’m too short. I’ve got a big butt. It wasn’t going to happen.” I think she would have done just fine, at least judging by this picture.
8 Kate Beckinsale
A lot of guys have a thing for Kate Beckinsale, and the reason should be obvious. The Underworld actress is fiiiine. In this boudoir photo, she looks a little sassy, and all kinds of hot. The barefoot, bed-ready beauty is keeping with the theme of simplicity for her boudoir shoot, if you notice. Bright white light streaming through a wall of windows, white linens, a white, off-the-shoulder dress, wavy hair worn down, and minimal make-up are the key features of this photo, and yet all you notice is her face and her body, nothing else. It, like her, is gorgeous. Not surprisingly, Kate has been ranked highly on all sorts of hot lists over the years, such as Most Desirable Women, Sexiest Women in the World, and Hot 100.
7 Marion Cotillard
The fact that actress Marion Cotillard is French makes her all the more alluring, especially when she opens her mouth and that sexy accent comes rolling off her tongue. This dark-haired, blue-eyed beauty looks sensational in this photo, lying on peach silk and wearing black and animal-print lingerie. Her face appears unamused, but that is kind of the mood of the photo, don’t you think? Shiny curls, blood-red nails, shadowy eye makeup, sequined heels, and a pose to die for on the bed, this boudoir shot oozes sex appeal. She often plays femme fatales (in A Private Affair, A Very Long Engagement, The Black Box, Inception, Midnight in Paris, Macbeth, and The Dark Knight Rises) and it is easy to see why. But she is not a fan of doing love scenes. Marion says, “I was always reluctant to shoot love scenes…. But in Rust and Bone we had very naked love scenes, and it was totally different… The whole day I was naked on set and I was totally fine with it.” I wonder if she feels the same about a naked (or near-naked) photo shoot?
6 Eliza Dushku
Now that is a come-hither little smirk if I ever saw one! Beautiful Eliza Dushku of Dollhouse fame certainly looks dollish in this boudoir pic. Her ringlets are perfect, and her bra, panties, and thigh-highs all fit perfectly, as if they were made for her body. Eliza wears a flattering amount of makeup- not too much, not too little- and seduces the camera with those eyes that are essentially pools of sex. Lying on some kind of very soft blanket, she looks very comfortable and as if she is beckoning someone to come join her for a frolic in the throw. Known for her throaty voice and playing confident characters, Eliza has always been a tomboy at heart, although you wouldn’t know it from this picture. But sexually speaking, she knows what she likes: “I love leather and it’s great to be a bad girl at times. But there is a time and a place for everything. When I’m with Grandma, it’s flowers, and when I’m out in town scoping guys, you know…”
5 Miranda Kerr
Guys seem to appreciate a woman who wears their shirt around the house… and nothing else. It is its own variation of less-is-more, if you think about it, and it totally works. Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr knows how to make it work for sure. Usually all dolled up and strutting her stuff on the catwalk, it is nice to see this more laid-back- but still very sexy- Miranda, sitting innocently in bed, wearing only a men’s button-up. Now a button-up alone may or may not be sexy, but the way she has it open, not one single button done, and is posing with her legs folded is quite enticing. The dimpled angel-face hails from Down Under, and she used to be a gymnast when she was younger, which may explain her awesome physique. But she is also scandalous; she released nude photos of her ex-husband Orlando Bloom onto the internet, so don’t mess with this chick!
4 Eva Mendes
Cuban-American actress Eva Mendes is known for her curvaceous and buxom figure, and while this photo does not highlight her bust, her curves sure stand out. You would never guess by looking at this sultry photo that the woman in it used to want to be a nun! Shockingly, the beguiling figure in fishnets who appears almost mischievous, once wanted to do the work of God. That is, until she learned that nuns do not get paid. Then she moved onto her second choice- acting. It has clearly fared well for her, and now Eva is better off anyway, as she does not “believe in the institution of marriage”, something that would likely not have gone over well with the other nuns (or the big man upstairs). She has been dating Ryan Gosling for five years, and the two have two girls together.
3 Yvonne Strahovski
Yvonne Strahovski is the second woman on this list who is from Australia, although her family immigrated there from Poland. The blonde beauty did a boudoir shoot, and she looks, as usual, absolutely stunning. The setting is an interesting choice, taking the theme of less-is-more to a whole new level, as the bed does not even have a mattress. Yvonne herself does not have any clothes, pajamas, or lingerie, but nor is she nude. Wearing what appears to be a black, long-sleeved leotard, earrings, and leopard-print heels of at least four inches, this is a different kind of boudoir photo, but it is beautiful just the same. Yvonne’s perfect body that we see here is the result of a lifetime of being a tomboy and being physical. In her own words, “I’ve been very physical my whole life. I went out hiking and camping for days in the Australian forest, and when I trained at drama school for three years, we did a whole lot on stage-fighting techniques. And I was a dancer for five to 18.” She also calls herself “pretty gross and crude.” You cannot tell by this photo, though!
2 Angelina Jolie
Often called the Most Beautiful Woman in the World, Angelina Jolie wows no matter what she is wearing (or not wearing) in any photo or photo shoot. That is obvious. Though her recent divorce from Brad Pitt has largely taken over gossip headlines this year, these photos from a boudoir-esque photo session when Ang was younger by 20 or so years deserve a little attention too. Just look at that radiant smile. She is modeling, and maybe faking it, but you cannot tell because she honestly looks happy. Wrapped in some kind of sheer, shimmery dress and perhaps in the middle of changing, this boudoir shoot was done in what looks to be a regular bedroom, albeit one with a vintage feel. There is nothing extraordinary about the photo at all, except that Angelina glows, and looking at it, it is hard to imagine she ever played dark characters at all, like Maleficent, Salt, or Mrs. Smith. Or that in her real life, she was a homewrecker (sorry; despite her global humanitarian efforts, I am and always have been Team Jen. But that is not to say Ang doesn’t look sweet, because she does).
1 Scarlett Johansson
Everyone loves them some ScarJo, and she is undoubtedly beautiful. But in this boudoir photo, she almost doesn’t look like her. She retains her beauty of course, but she looks nostalgic, almost melancholy. That facial expression along with her short curls and dreamy eye makeup is a far cry from Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Jordan Two Delta, Lucy, or any of the other strong characters she has played. But here, dripping with diamonds, sheathed in a transparent lavender dress, her feet hugged by yellow heels, Scarlett is the blushing picture of the damsel-in-distress, romantic type. She looks more like her character of Griet in The Girl with the Pearl Earring or Charlotte in Lost in Translation than she does her upcoming role of Major Motoko Kusanagi in 2017’s Ghost in the Shell. Either way, however- coy or aggressive, demure or bold- everything suits her just fine.