Leaping Leotards! The Complete Photographic History Of The “Almost Vagina”

  • Marylin Monroe in The Seven Year Itch

  • Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin

  • Grace Jones at Studio 54

  • Princess Leia In The Gold Bikini

  • Jamie Lee Curtis In Perfect

  • Cher in If I Could Turn Back Time

  • Jane Fonda Work Out Tapes

  • Kate Moss And Naomi Campbell In The Early 90s

  • Leeloo The Fifth Element

  • Ginger Spice in the Union Jack Dress

  • Rose McGowan and Marilyn Manson at the VMAs 1998

  • Toni Braxton 2001 Grammys

  • Christina Aguilera in Dirrty

  • Madonna In Hung Up Video

  • Beyonce Single Ladies Video

  • P!nk Performing at the 2010 Grammys

  • Jennifer Lopez performing on Britain’s Got Talent

  • Rihanna Pour It Up Video

  • Iggy Azalea at the MTV VMAs

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When Miley Cyrus rocked onto stage at the EMAs this year sparking up a joint and wearing a labia skimming leotard, it was the latter that really sent the media into a tail spin. How DARE the girl almost show us her vagina? It’s been a big year all round for Miley’s “almost vagina,” with multiple performances and public appearances, not to mention a controversial Terry Richardson shoot (what!? really!?), showing off her flawless, ingrown hair free, pubic bone.

Despite Rashida Jones’ assertion that this was the year of the “Very Visible Vagina,” the truth of the matter is that the “almost vagina” is nothing new, and no matter how many puritans faint at the sight of it, it’s not going away. We say it’s time to embrace the “almost vagina,” to celebrate the women who have dared to almost bare, and to perhaps capture and torture them for their clearly superior exfoliating secrets — we need that intel! Here’s a look back at some of the most iconic “almost vaginas” in pop culture history, going all the way back to Norma Jean’s Seven Year Itch (it’s not what you think)…