So we have more tastefully nude pics to add to the portraits of Maria Menounos and Debra Messing we saw yesterday, from Allure‘s “Naked Truth” issue. Heidi Klum, Taraji P. Henson, Leslie Bibb and Morena Baccarin also stripped down for the breathtaking black-and-white photo spread. And because Allure is not Maxim, these photos are supposedly meant not to titillate but to make women feel better about their bodies. Huh? Actually, they just made me put aside the sleeve of Girl Scout cookies I was about to eat for breakfast. We learn in the accompanying video featuring everyone but Heidi that the ladies did feel slightly nervous about dropping trou for the shoot. Some even — gasp! — admitted to dieting.
“I told my friends [about the shoot], mostly because I’ve been starving myself for three weeks. And so when they ask me to go out to dinner, I have to preface it by saying, ‘Well, I’m actually not eating now,’ ” Homeland star Baccarin said. “Part of me wanted to say, ‘I don’t diet.’ But I do, and I work really hard to look the way that I look. I think that that’s comforting for women to know the truth.”
In Klum’s behind-the-scenes video, she says that nude shoots don’t bother her at all. “I’m a nudist in any case. I’ve never had a problem with my body, and I don’t care what people think.”
Both Henson and Bibb said they did a juice fast in the days before the shoot, while Messing said she had to sip some Belvedere before stepping in front of the camera. But we’re not completely convinced that these pics are really showing regular women that “imperfect” is beautiful. Nope. There is absolutely nothing imperfect about any of them. And now, how many girls are going to see Baccarin’s quotes and decide not to eat for three weeks? Maybe we should just look at the pretty pictures and not try to attach meaningful missions to them.