Put your bra back on, Madonna
The pop world is a cruel master.
Even on a 53-year-old mother of four who just happens to be the Queen of Pop. Yes, you know it by now: the Internet has been buzzing with news and videos of Madonna flipping her nipple during her MDNA concert in Istanbul.
Shocking? Hardly. It’s not like we haven't seen her breasts before. In 1992, she released the book Sex in which she was photographed completely naked. But what's shocking and dismaying for her fans, and perhaps her own kids, is that she's still at it after all these years. Why, Madonna, why?
Commentators and critics around the world have greeted her stunt with more sighs of frustration than raves of wonder. It’s almost a unanimous opinion that her act of desperation is the only way the Material Girl can be seen as sexy and edgy in a world dominated by 20something pop tarts like Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Rihanna, all of whom were influenced by Madonna when she was in her 20s.
In an age of wardrobe malfunctions, naked photos on Facebook , slippery nipples (we're particularly fond of the cocktail) and sex videos (Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, great company all), taking your clothes off seems to be the go-to option for most young female stars. Surely there are better ways to earn your reputation as a credible artiste? But here are three types of naked ladies:
1. The Rebel
One name—Rihanna, who's never too shy to whip her kit off on and off the camera. She's done it again for a giant billboard plastered in the middle of New York City's Times Square, to promote her new perfume Rebelle. In the advertisement, the Barbados babe sizzles in the buff with only her hands to protect her... well, what's left of her modesty. "My new fragrance is about taking control but still being a lady. There’s a feminine, romantic element to the fragrance—but there's also a defiant quality," says the 24-year-old.
2. I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman
Justin Timberlake brought sexy back, but his fiancée Jessica Biel put sexy there in the first place when she posed topless for Gear magazine in 2000, three months shy of her turning 18. She's now admitted to shedding her clothes to shed her squeaky-clean, family-friendly 7th Heaven image. Another former TV sweetheart who couldn't wait to grow up was 18-year-old Taylor Momsen, who went from a doe-eyed teenager in Gossip Girl to a scantily clad, smoky-eyed, foul-mouthed teenager in 2010 by doing a Madonna.
3. You Love Your Craft So Much, You'll Grin And Bare It All
Tang Wei in Lust, Caution. Anne Hathaway in Brokeback Mountain and Love And Other Drugs. Halle Berry in Monster's Ball. Kate Winslet in Titanic. 'Nuff said. The latest to join these strip-for-art thespians is 22-year-old Twilight darling Kristen Stewart, who gets topless and gets into a threesome for On The Road.
Find out why nude is the new black for female stars in our full report out this weekend!
Published: 13 June 2012