The nude magazine cover is no longer shocking. In fact, it can be a right of passage for a celebrity Vixen coming into her own, relaying a message or simply promoting a project. In recent years, celebs like Rihanna have proudly shed their clothes, much to the satisfaction of leering eyes everywhere. Take a look at some of the most note-worthy barely there covers, new and old.–Nicole Brown
Janet Jackson-Rolling Stone
A 24-year-old Janet was coming of age when Rolling Stone featured a topless J and her then husband Rene Elizondo‘s hands for their cover. Janet offered the Patrick Demarchelier shots to the mag instead of using their resident photographers. We’d say they made the right choice.
These two athletes leave tongues wagging with their respective Body Issue covers.
Kim Kardashian-W Magazine
Kim in the buff is old news, but this cover shoot turned heads. Dressed in nothing but silver paint (in the spread) and flowing hair, Kanye’s ladylove gives a whole new meaning to “art.”
Serena Williams-ESPN Body Issue
Released around the same time as her memoir where she talks about body issues and depression, Serena exuded confidence and athleticism for the cover of this annual issue.
Ciara left little to the imagination when she posed in black heels and nothing else for our brother brand.
Rosario Dawson-Rolling Stone
Dawson, along with Grindhouse co-star Rose McGowan stood cheek-to-cheek for their infamous cover.
Lady Gaga-Rolling Stone
Mother Monster has never shied away from shedding her clothes. Since bursting onto the scene four years ago, she’s appeared on countless magazine covers, but her first Rolling Stone spot has to be our favorite. Covered in plastic bubbles and donning anime-style makeup, Gaga sets herself apart from pop artists everywhere.
She’s got the most popular backside in pop culture and she’s not afraid to show it off. Back when she was Diddy’s arm candy, J. Lo let her derriere take center stage in a pair of pink undies for this one.
In an effort to promote positive body image and embrace her skin tone, Jada looked radiant on the cover of Essence back in 2010.