In recent years, magazine’s that cater towards a male audience have come under fire for their use of nudity in trying to draw in bigger sales. This is a tradition that entails constant photos of half-dressed women draped over a magazine cover, even if the magazine is simply trying to talk about the latest gadgets or the newest cars. However, there have been a number of studies that show that because women are the biggest consumer group in America, it doesn’t actually behoove a magazine to only cater towards a male audience. Many magazines have realized that not every cover needs to entail a half naked woman and there are a number of magazines that have tried to change their ways in that respect. The tech magazine, Stuff, famously announced that they will no longer be using semi-naked women to sell their magazines and even Playboy has stopped featuring nude women for their magazines.
While the concept of completely nude or highly sexualized photos can be a bit demeaning towards women in some people’s eyes, it can also be pretty empowering in others. Allure magazine is a great example of how a magazine can use its covers and pictorial spreads to try and show the beauty of women through their confidence and sex appeal. As a women’s beauty magazine, they have tried to endorse ways to make a woman feel beautiful which is often a bonus for anyone that has seen their celebrity spreads. Check out the 15 sexiest celebrity photo shoots for Allure magazine and see how they have been able to show off the female form in the best way.
15 Mila Kunis
When Mila Kunis was first introduced to audiences through the TV sitcom, That ‘70s Show, it was easy to see why she would be chosen to appear in a period show reflecting the ‘70s. There aren’t many actresses that would be able to fully embody the look of days gone by but Kunis was able to pull it off without a hitch. In fact, her March 2013 photo shoot with Allure magazine also played on the fact that she could transform to appear like a woman from a different era. Her pictorial spread seems like something from a ‘60s spy film, with Kunis being the girl that the lead spy is trying to find out if she’s on his side or not. While the shirt top with the ultra-confident stance is sexy enough, the other low cut ensemble truly lets her sex appeal shine through. From the sultry look to drawing attention to her pouty lips, Kunis was able to prove that she is more than just a sitcom actress and this photo shows that her transition to the big screen was well-founded.
14 Keira Knightley
Keira Knightley was featured on the cover of the December 2012 issue of Allure magazine and highlighted her signature porcelain skin. While she’s often shown on film through period pieces like Anna Karenina and Pride & Prejudice, her photo shoot with Allure showcased a much edgier look for this British beauty. From her cropped hair to her sultry red lips, she looks far from some of the more simple female characters she’s played on the big screen. To amp up the sex factor a bit, Knightley opts out of wearing a top and instead holds a sparkling blazer closed in a strategic placement of her arm to cover her breasts. This cover shot seemed a bit risqué for the cover but somehow she was able to pull it off without it looking too revealing. She paired the blazer with a pair of silk Tom Ford pants and continued the look in the interior shots of the magazine. In another photo, she is seen holding a glass and this time, she’s dropped the blazer. Just when you think it can’t get better than the cover, Knightley proves that she’s not just the plain Jane she’s played in films.
13 Carrie Underwood
For the February 2013 issue of Allure magazine, Carrie Underwood was featured in a pictorial spread that showed her in a completely different way than most of her other spreads and magazine covers. While she’s usually shown as some sort of cowgirl donning boots or laying in a hayfield, this Allure photo shows her as far more glamorous. The dress is cut in a way that seems to accent every feminine portion of her body, from her neckline to her torso to her super sexy legs. The accents on each cut of the beautiful fabric is far from the simple country dresses she’s usually made to wear and instead, shows her looking like a couture wearing beauty with high luxury tastes. There is even a designer handbag that can be seen in the distance to complete the look. It’s super sexy to see Underwood shown in a totally different way and proves that she’s not just a country gal that can sing but an immense beauty that can show off any designer brand.
12 Heidi Klum
The supermodel, Heidi Klum, has been known for her stellar beauty through lucrative ad campaigns, endorsement deals and her walk on the runway. Yet, her personality is what has truly made her stand out among the rest of the beautiful women in modelling. Every interview she’s appeared in has allowed the public to see a little more of her quirky and likable personality, which undoubtedly helped her to land her work on TV. As a beloved judge on America’s Got Talent, Klum has won over even more fans who just can’t seem to get enough of this German beauty. For her shoot in Allure magazine, Klum could be seen wearing a wrestler-style ensemble with nothing on underneath. Comically lifting a barbell over her head with one arm, Klum has again allowed her personality to shine through. While her barely-there ensemble is sexy enough, the true sex appeal comes from a “strong” woman with a great sense of humour.
11 Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian has been featured in a number of magazines over the years, with each pictorial spread seemingly trying to outdo one another in regards to sex appeal. From being completely naked and painted silver for W magazine to baring it all without any cover in Paper Mag, Kim Kardashian has found a way to flaunt it all in every way possible. Yet, her pictorial shoot for Allure magazine showed a kind of sex appeal that was a bit different in its theme. Instead of aiming for a shock factor that would show off her ample assets, the magazine decided to reveal her beauty in a more natural light. The photo is shot in black-and-white and features Kardashian in a pose that looks reminiscent of Old Hollywood. There is a natural sort of glow that emanates from her skin and her face looks sculpted with a chiseled precision. Rather than creating a highly sexualized photo that throws it in the viewer’s face, this is a more subtle nod towards her sex appeal that truly shows off her feminine features.
10 Debra Messing
There was a time when Debra Messing was one of the hottest women on TV when she was featured as the main character in Will & Grace. The public fell in love with this redhead and the antics she got into with Will, Jack, Karen and Rosario, the maid. Once Will & Grace went off the air, many presumed that Messing would be quickly forgotten due to the ultra-stylized series. Oftentimes, when an actress plays such a memorable character, it can be difficult for them to get out of that pigeonholed role and move on to bigger and better things. Yet, fans of the series didn’t seem to want to forget about Messing so easily. One look at her nude spread for Allure magazine and it’s easy to see why she was so hard to forget. The photo doesn’t show her signature red locks since it’s shot in black-and-white but that just adds to the sex appeal of the picture. She has a dark and mysterious look about her with her smoky eyes and sexy curves and the bed setting only adds to the overall appeal. Now that Will & Grace is making a return, hopefully fans will get to see even more of these types of pictorial spreads from this actress that is both beautiful and funny.
9 Amy Adams
Amy Adams is an actress that has the unique ability to transform into the characters she portrays in film and has continued to get better with each new year. Her portrayals have been hailed in such films as American Hustle and Julie & Julia but she hasn’t slowed down in the least. She famously starred in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and that was only one of the three films she was in that was released in 2016. Adams was featured in the April 2016 issue of Allure magazine in a spread that showcased her shining porcelain complexion and her patented red hair. She can be seen wearing a peasant-like orange frock in one photo, while her yellow ensemble is only made sexier by the fact that she’s indulging in an outdoor shower. The zipper detail on her ensemble is a great way to showcase her string bikini bottom and seeing this red-haired beauty enjoying fun in the sun is just another way to showcase her beautiful physique and smile.
8 Taraji P. Henson
Taraji P. Henson is an actress that has appeared on both the silver screen and the small screen but is probably best known for her most recent role in the hit TV series, Empire. As one of her most critically acclaimed roles, Henson has definitely found her sweet spot in her over-the-top TV character, Cookie Lyon. Prior to the first episode premiering in 2015, Taraji posed for the April 2012 issue of Allure magazine. The photo was shot in a classic black-and-white filter and featured her lying on a bed with a mirror in the background. She was shot completely nude except for a few key pieces of diamond jewelry accessories, in a pictorial spread that chose to highlight the beauty of the female form in collaboration with diamonds. Yet, it was hard to pay attention to her accessories when she could be seen completely sans clothing in this super sultry photo shoot.
7 Padma Lakshmi
Padma Lakshmi is a world-renowned celebrity that is known for everything from modelling to cooking and has even written her own acclaimed series of cookbooks. In 2006, she joined the cast of Top Chef and has become a favourite for viewers looking to watch more than just a simple food show. Proving that she still had all the goods to model, Lakshmi posed for the April issue of Allure magazine in 2009. Appearing completely in the buff and strewn on a shag carpet, Lakshmi’s hair looks sufficiently tousled and her skin looks like the perfect shade of caramel. Showing off major side boob and a come-hither look, the photo was used in collaboration with an editorial piece on self-esteem. When asked if she was confident about her body, she responded with, “Yes, I like the way I look. I think I look better now than I did in my 20s because I’m more confident about my body – and I don’t want to look like anyone but myself.”
6 Kate Hudson
Kate Hudson appeared in Allure magazine for the November 2015 issue. Unlike other magazine spreads that showcase the celebrity in various red carpet-worthy gowns or with skimpy swimwear, this particular spread showed Hudson in a much more artistic look. Hudson can be seen looking almost statuesque in her pose and the ensemble is something that no one would actually wear, either on the red carpet or down the block. The floor-length gown is made from a mesh material that is completely sheer, with just a hint of the black tone. Viewers can see every toned muscle in her torso and even her belly button is on complete display. Yet, the embellishments on the gown give it a couture look that forces the eye to focus on the beading. Underneath, Hudson is only wearing a bikini-cut bottom and no bra. With black leather gloves that reach up over the elbow, Hudson is seen as a striking beauty that can apparently pull off anything a designer throws on her while simultaneously looking as sexy as possible.
5 Kendall Jenner
Prior to Kendall Jenner posing for the March 2015 issue of Allure magazine, she had already solidified herself as a world class model. Unlike her Kardashian half-sisters, Kendall is thought of as a true celebrity that has the look of a supermodel. While the other members of her family have been accused of plastic surgery enhancements, Kendall has always seemed to be natural in her looks. In fact, her effortless beauty is something that has photographers and designers alike flocking to get her booked into their shoots and runway shows. In her Allure pictorial, there are just too many photos to pick from when considering her sexiest looks. Each swimsuit features a different version of a simple black ensemble, with one looking hotter than the next. Showing that not every woman in her family needs the ridiculously large derriere to be considered sexy, Kendall definitely knew how to pose in order to slay in her Allure pictorial.
4 Zoe Saldana
Zoe Saldana was chosen to appear on the cover of Allure magazine for the June 2013 issue and the photographer, Tom Munro, decided to go with a much more natural look. Saldana’s hair was kept in loose waves and her makeup was kept to a minimum to ensure a more subtle look. Yet, that’s not all. In one of the photos within the pictorial spread, Saldana can be seen completely nude except for a decorative metallic bracelet. While this was definitely one of her sexier looks, it came second to her windblown photo featuring a pair of loose jeans. Instead of a full-blown smile, Saldana can be seen biting her thumb and looking at the camera seductively while her natural curls waft in the wind. She’s showing off major side-boob and you can even see a portion of her strategically placed tattoo. The jeans are loosened just enough to give the hint of what’s beneath and the plain background only helps to showcase her amazing physique.
3 Kaley Cuoco
In 2011, Kaley Cuoco was asked to participate in a photo shoot with Allure magazine in a spread that created one of her sexiest looks to date. Shot in black and white, Cuoco could be seen completely sans clothing, in a pose that seemed to resemble something from a Renaissance painting rather than a high gloss magazine spread. Yet, the fact that she wasn’t wearing any clothes didn’t at all cheapen quality of the photo. While the world has become numb to any kind of shock factor that could ever come from nudity or the female form, there is still a sense of beauty if the photo is done right. Unlike the raunchy effects of photo spreads from Playboy, this nude shot offers a classic appeal to the senses. It shows Cuoco in her natural state and emphasizes her physical form. However, all of her naughty bits are expertly covered and yet the photo is still at the height of its sexual appeal.
2 Maria Menounos
Maria Menounos made a name for herself as a TV host on such shows as Access Hollywood and Extra and is often a staple on the red carpet for interviewing A-list celebrities. Yet, people have quickly turned the camera around to focus on the interviewer and her 2012 nude shoot with Allure magazine delves deeper into that fascination. With her classic Greek beauty and shot in black and white, the photo shows Menounos strewn on her bed and looking out into the distance. The silhouette of her physique gives the perfect angle to her perfectly toned physique and her sweeping hairstyle is reminiscent of the supermodel, Cindy Crawford, during her heyday. Pictorial spreads like these were probably part of the reason why Menounos was offered her own reality series in 2014 since there was obviously more to the story than what she offered when she would hold out the microphone on the red carpet.
1 Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato hasn’t always been super confident about her physique and she’s been very open about the difficulties she had during her younger years in regards to her eating issues. Yet, she has also been open about the treatment she has undergone to get beyond those struggles and is not seen as content to be in her own skin. During the February 2016 issue of Allure magazine, Lovato showed off just how confident she is in her physique. In the photo, she can be seen posing in a retro style lingerie set paired with a black coat draped over her shoulders. From the red lipstick to the tattoos that can be seen in the picture, she seems to exude confidence and sex appeal in a dark and mysterious way. In order to drive this notion home, Lovato took to her social media account and posted a non-retouched photo of herself behind the scenes at the photo shoot. Not only did she prove that she is confident in her own body but she proved that she really doesn’t need retouching to look great in black lingerie.
Sources: Allure, NY Daily News, Huffington Post