There was a time when the surest way for a young celebrity to boost her media profile was to do a nude photospread in Playboy, regardless of what the parents and vicar might think. But these days, with print-based porn all but gone, what’s an aspiring starlet to do to keep her name — and figure — on the wagging tongues of media consumers?
The answer is the lingerie fashion photoshoot, an increasingly common way for young celebs to promote their latest projects and stay on the public radar.
Stripping down to your skivvies for a major magazine has become a bizarre rite of passage for today’s new generation of attention-seekers. And it’s one more sign that you’ve made it: as any publicity agent will tell you, exposure is everything in this game.
Overexposed and underdressed celebrities were everywhere in 2012, from the obvious (LiLo gunning for another comeback) to the unexpected (Kristen Stewart in Elle) to the surprisingly sweet (Rachel McAdams).
Here’s a gallery featuring 25 of the most memorable celebrity peelers of 2012, chosen from among hundreds out there. See if you can spot which ones are having fun, and which ones look like they’re hoping their parents won’t see this.
Some noteworthy items in our gallery: Esquire (and Photoshop) somehow turned Rihanna into a Caucasian bottle-blonde without inciting riots in Barbados (which might have been justified); country crooner Kellie Pickler claimed her Maxim shoot was done to support the troops (umm, okay); and identical twins Eva Longoria and Freida Pinto stripped down for competing mags.
Our favorite? We see a tie between the chameleon-like Nicole Kidman, who does another career rebound in a Deborah Marquit neon underwear set shot by Mario Testino for V magazine; and Sofia Vergara, who radiates so much joy you would adore her whatever she looked like. Lucky for us she’s also muy caliente.
To get us started, that’s Kim Kardashian above, in an utterly redundant — but gorgeous — new spread from Factice magazine.