Stars underdressed for a good purpose
Lady Godiva; Trendsetter
The noblewoman had a novel idea: When she wanted a tax lifted, she took action by riding through the streets in the buff.
Some celebrities have taken a cue from her, stripping down to bolster support for their favorite causes. (Lady Godiva by John Collier)
Only one man has what it takes to get both Heidi Klum and Kimora Lee Simmons to ditch their knickers -- Elton John, of course!
In his coffee table book, 4 Inches, countless celebrities modeled in only Cartier jewels and Jimmy Choos. Proceeds went to the Elton John AIDS Foundation. (Getty Images)
The ever-pale Winona Ryder raised skin cancer awareness by stripping down for the Protect the Skin Youre In campaign. ()
Dennis Rodman, Pamela Anderson, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, and Naomi Campbell have all stripped down for PETAs ad campaigns. (AFP)
Holly Madison, Hugh Hefners girlfriend and one of the stars of The Girls Next Door, followed in the steps of other Hollywood heavyweights when she took it off for PETA.
The ad read, Id rather go naked than wear fur yeah, but one gets the sense shed rather go naked, period. (Peta)
When it came time to pose for GAPs (RED) campaign, which supports women and children affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa, celebrities came out in droves.
None, however, were quite as enthusiastic as speed skater Apolo Ohno, who was shirtless in a (RED) bandana in his ad. (Gap)
Demi Moore made waves when she stripped down for the cover of Vanity Fair. Sure, she was seven months pregnant, but she was still sexy, and she wanted the world to know it.
Fans saw the photo as a feminist statement critics, however, saw it as objectification. (Vanity Fair)
Why clutter things up with such trifles as clothes when youve got a body like Denise Richards? After showing off her goods in Playboy, she decided to show them off for a worthy cause: the Clothes Off Our Back Foundation, which benefited childrens charities. (Associated Press)
When the Dixie Chicks got grilled for dissing President Bush in Texas, they did the only logical thing: got naked.
The Chicks posed nude on the cover of Entertainment Weekly with the words of both their fans and detractors scrawled over their bodies. Traitors, hero, boycott, etc. (Associated Press)
Alicia Silverstone has been out of the public eye for years, but she shot back into the picture this month with a PETA ad. The ad features her emerging from a pool, nude. Im Alicia Silverstone, and Im a vegetarian, says the voiceover. (Associated Press)
If Anaïs Nin had a Nikon D3 and every celebrity in town on her BlackBerry, her photos would probably look a lot like those Deborah Anderson shot for the book, “Room 23.”
Anderson, a photographer whose distinctive sensuality is located somewhere between classic French erotica and Helmut Newton -- is releasing a hefty coffee-table volume today filled with an impressive list of stars: George Clooney, Lindsay Lohan, Kid Rock, Sharon Stone, James Blunt, Cindy Crawford, Elton John.
But beware: This book probably shouldn’t be left on the table with pubescent teens or lonely spouses in the house. Most of the men are in tuxedos and suits (except the ones who are partially undressed). And the women are in lingerie and slinky evening gowns.
It’s a tradition of portraiture that dates to Max Beckmann, the German Expressionist. It’s one in which the sensual charge comes from the juxtaposition of social formality and the erotic impulse.
There’s a photo of Lohan standing on a bed with men at her feet. Another picture features Stone lounging in bed à deux with model Cheryl Tiegs. (Lots of Champagne and red grapes consumed at that shoot.)
Anderson, the daughter of Yes lead singer Jon Anderson, worked to bring together this collision of high-wattage stardom and piquant sexuality as a fundraising effort for Malibu entrepreneur and activist Diana Jenkins. Jenkins, who was born in Bosnia and lost a brother in the genocide there, has made a cause of helping to create an international legal framework that can bring war criminals of all stripes to justice.
A friend gave Jenkins a photo shoot with Anderson, who is well known in town for her erotic photography and whose work had given her an international reputation for classy sensuality. The two hit it off and decided that they had to do a project to benefit a cause that, as it turned out, they both had deep feelings about.
“Room 23" was the result. Anderson’s concept was as simple, elegant and sexy as a good black dress -- a year in the life of an upscale hotel room.
Jenkins went to work providing the celebrities’ contacts, and over the course of months Anderson worked out of a single suite at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills with a skeleton crew of assistants. It made for an intimate and unique perspective on these well-known personalities.
“There was a lot of personal interaction behind the lens,” said Anderson, whose earlier work includes a book called “Paperthin,” a contemporary take on 1930s-style Parisian erotica. “ ‘Room 23' allowed me the freedom to tell a story in vignettes.”
The book will be unveiled tonight at an exclusive celebrity fundraiser at the very same Peninsula Hotel where the photos were taken.
Meanwhile in May, Anderson -- a singer as well as a photographer -- will release an electronic pop album called “Silence.” The disc will feature images Anderson took of nude and semi-clothed subjects, including Tilda Swinton, Minnie Driver, Natasha Henstridge, Fergie and Pink. (Anderson also shot Pink’s album cover for “Funhouse.” And she recently completed a photo shoot of actress Lisa Rinna for Playboy.)
“My parents were always clear that we should pursue the highest form of creativity,” Anderson said. “It’s how we lived our lives. I was never told, ‘No, you can’t.’ ”
“No” wasn’t a word that appeared frequently in Nin’s vocabulary either.
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