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

  • Paul Mauriat

  • Eric Capton

  • Peter Gabriel

  • A Tribe Called Quest

  • Madonna

  • Buckcherry

  • Kelis

  • Lil’ Kim

  • Christina Milian

  • Paris Hilton

  • Rihanna

  • Joss Stone

  • Joss Stone

  • Lady Gaga

  • Pitbull

  • Ke$ha

  • Agent Jayne

  • Icona Pop

  • Holly Valance

  • Goyte

  • Rihanna

  • 50 Cent

  • 50 Cent

  • Nicki Minaj

  • Chris Brown

  • Demi Lovato

  • Jessie J

  • Joseline Hernandez

  • Miley Cyrus

  • Miley Cyrus

  • Beyonce

  • Taylor Momsen

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!

Yes, our favorite art involves using hot celeb bodies for a canvas. Most recently, the always-provkative Taylor Momsen shocked fans with a stripped-down vid for “Heaven Knows,” in which she wears a sheer cape, a cross made from paint, and…that’s about it! She joins the ranks colorful artists like Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and even Gotye (!) who’ve gotten painted up for musical career. 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, from way back all the way through to today. Enjoy!

[Photo: Twitter/Young Money/Razor & Tie Recordings]

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