NSFW: Singers Who Stripped Down For A Damn Good Reason

They didn't do it just because. They did it for a cause!

As Kim Kardashian once proved by exposing her naked, pregnant self on Instagram, sometimes you really do just have to bare it all in order to make a point. Kim’s point was one of body image (albeit pregnant), something that Demi would later shed light on by getting naked for Vanity Fair.

Being naked in the public’s eye is, for many (yours truly included), a major fear, which is why it took some serious courage and DGAF attitude for these singers to take it all off. What’s more, though, is that they did it for causes. And they were pretty awesome causes, at that—unless you’re avidly anti-PETA. That’s another story.

Peep the gallery to see which singers went au naturel for a good reason.

  • 1 Joss Stone
    Joss Stone got naked and painted up for PETA in November 2015 to raise awareness of crocodiles that are killed to make handbags. “All animals are capable of suffering,” she said. “I hope when people see footage of what happens to crocodiles and alligators killed for their skin to be turned into handbags, they’ll join me in leaving wildlife out of their wardrobes.”

  • 2 Miley Cyrus
    Marc Jacobs
    Miley is no stranger to being undraped on the ’gram or in concert, but in 2013, she was bare-skinned for a cause: Marc Jacobs’ “Protect the Skin You’re In” campaign. Miley’s naked image was used on $35 t-shirts, the proceeds of which went to the NYU Cancer Institute and NYU Langone Medical Center to benefit skin cancer research.

  • 3 Adam Levine
    Ben Riggot / Cosmopolitan
    Adam Levine was the angel in Cosmopolitan UK’s centrefold—and consequently, many female (and male) fantasies—in 2011 when he raised awareness for prostate and testicular cancer by almost exposing his manhood. The photoshoot was on behalf of the Institute of Cancer Research’s Everyman for male cancer research.

  • 4 Demi Lovato
    Vanity Fair
    Pop queen Demi Lovato went au naturel in the name of body image for Vanity Fair early last month. Demi vowed no makeup, no clothes and no retouching for the photoshoot—a big step for the singer, who at one point went to rehab for eating disorders.

  • 5 Mel B
    Ben Riggott / Cosmopolitan
    Mel B and husband Stephen Belafonte recreated Janet Jackson’s iconic, topless Rolling Stone cover to raise breast cancer awareness in 2012. Mel’s shoot was a partnership between CoppaFeel! and Cosmopolitan, and hit home for Mel, who had her own breast cancer scare when she was 17.

  • 6 Dave Navarro
    Male makeup maverick Dave Navarro disrobed for a PETA photoshoot in 2013. The cause? Cruelty-free makeup products, a.k.a. products that weren’t tested on animals. Watch Dave take it all off for PETA in his BTS photoshoot video here.

  • 7 Mack Wilds
    Cosmopolitan
    Mack Wilds, who will star in VH1’s original movie The Breaks, bared it all to help Everyman raise awareness of prostate and testicular cancer in 2011. “What made me do this photoshoot more than anything was the cause,” Mack told Cosmopolitan UK about the shoot. “My friend’s granddad died of prostate cancer and it had a profound effect on me. So when I was presented with the opportunity to speak out, I had to take it.”

  • 8 P!nk
    P!nk wore nothing but her smile for PETA earlier this year when she pledged to be fur-free. The pop-rocker gal revealed to PETA her sentiments on animals, calling them “the purest spirits in the world.” She also had some choice words for those who do don fur: “I hope fur wearers get bitten in the ass by the same kind of animal they wear on their back.” Yikes!

  • 9 Dixie Chicks
    Entertainment Weekly
    Dixie Chicks were buck naked on the cover of Entertainment Weekly in 2003, and it was all because of the First Amendment. After Natalie Maines’ comments about George Bush caused a ruckus, the ladies stripped down for EW to stand up for their freedom of speech. “It definitely was the most bold thing as a person and as a band we had ever done,” Robison told EW 10 years later. No naked regrets, here.

  • 10 Tommy Lee
    Getty Images
    Tommy Lee stripped down and spoke out against wearing fur for PETA in 2005. Tommy in all his tatted glory posed for PETA’s “Ink, Not Mink” campaign, telling the organization: “A lot of hip-hop artists wear fur, and they think it’s a status symbol. That doesn’t register for me; I just see dead animal.”

  • 11 Waka Flocka Flame
    PETA
    Six years after Tommy Lee asserted to PETA that hip-hop artists wear a lot of fur, Waka Flocka spoke out against fur-donning for PETA’s “Ink, Not Mink” campaign. “Waka thinks that ’[fur] is nasty!’ and urges the hip-hop community to ’understand what you buy,'” PETA wrote about their partnership with Waka, who wore nothing but chains for the photoshoot.

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