Works Of Art: A Hot History Of Body Paint In Pop Music

We all know that clothes are optional in music these days. Seriously, from album covers to music videos, and even concert costumes, how much proof do you need?  But these days the name of the game has become how to creatively cover yourself, and our personal favorite has got to be body paint!

Whether it’s for vids, album art or even magazine covers, it never fails to tantilize. Head up to the gallery above for some of our favorites from over the years.

  • 1 Paul Mauriat
    Album cover for Paul Mauriat’s “Blooming Hits” released in 1967

  • 2 Eric Clapton
    Album cover for Eric Clapton’s “E.C. Was Here” released in 1975

  • 3 Peter Gabriel
    Peter Gabriel in “Shock the Monkey” music video released in 1982

  • 4 A Tribe Called Quest
    Album cover for A Tribe Called Quest’s “The Low End Theory” released in 1991

  • 5 Madonna
    Madonna in “Fever” music video released in 1992

  • 6 Buckcherry
    Album cover for Buckcherry’s self-titled album “Buckcherry” released in 1999

  • 7 Kelis
    Kelis on cover of “Kaleidoscope” album released in 1999

  • 8 Lil’ Kim
    Album cover for Lil’ Kim’s “The Notorious K.I.M.” released in 2000

  • 9 Christina Milian
    Christina Milian in “Dip It Low” music video released in 2004

  • 10 Paris Hilton
    Paris Hilton in a 2006 ad for champagne

  • 11 Rihanna
    Rihanna in “Umbrella” music video released in 2007

  • 12 Joss Stone
    Joss Stone on “Introducing Joss Stone” album released in 2007

  • 13 Joss Stone
    Joss Stone and Raphael Saadiq on “Introducing Joss Stone” album released in 2007

  • 14 Lady Gaga
    Lady Gaga in “LoveGame” music video released in 2009

  • 15 Pitbull
    Album cover for Pitbull’s “Rebelution” released in 2009

  • 16 Ke$ha
    Ke$ha in “Your Love Is My Drug” music video released in 2010

  • 17 Agent Jayne
    Agent Jayne on “Word is Bond” album cover released in 2011

  • 18 Icona Pop
    Icona Pop in “Manners” music video released in 2011

  • 19 Holly Valance
    Holly Valance in Foster Gold Ad in 2011

  • 20 Goyte
    Gotye (left) and Kimbra (right) in “Somebody That I Used to Know” music video released in 2011

  • 21 Rihanna
    Rihanna in “Where Have You Been” released in 2012

  • 22 50 Cent
    50 Cent in “I Ain’t Gonna Lie” music video released in 2012

  • 23 50 Cent
    Cover Art for 50 Cent’s “Girls Go Wild” Single released in 2012

  • 24 Nicki Minaj
    Nicki Minaj on “Pink Friday: Roman Reload” album cover released in 2012

  • 25 Chris Brown
    Chris Brown performing at the BET Awards in 2012

  • 26 Demi Lovato
    Demi Lovato on “Demi” album cover released in 2013

  • 27 Jessie J
    Jessie J on “Gold” single album released in 2013

  • 28 Joseline Hernandez
    Joseline Hernandez standing next to husband Stevie J in 2013

  • 29 Miley Cyrus
    Miley Cyrus in Future’s “Real and True” music video released in 2013

  • 30 Miley Cyrus
    Miley Cyrus in Future’s “Real and True” music video released in 2013

  • 31 Beyonce
    Beyonce on cover of Flaunt in 2013

  • 32 Taylor Momsen
    Taylor Momsen in The Pretty Reckless’s “Heaven Knows” music video released in 2014

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