Ever since Adam and Eve dressed up in skimpy leaves, culture has been fascinated by nudity. In drawings, paintings, sculptures, films, photography and to the plain naked eye, the human body has been the most sought out covered up of naked truths, like a tempting red apple. Fashion, advertising, and magazines are well aware of the pull of skin and have been playing hide and seek with it for decades. Below, our pick of magazine covers of uncovered bodies.
Famous erotic model Candy Earle posed for the cover of this 1960’s men magazine portraying a quirky battle of the sexes in the buff! The tan lines are a tell tale sign of the times, when photographs were analogue and Photoshop did not exist.
Annie Liebovitz is known for her stunning photography and this 1981 Rolling Stones magazine cover is the epitome of the iconic nude. Its strong matriarchal undertone would have been unthinkable thirty year earlier- a revolutionary image that has stuck in pop culture as a symbol of love.
Years later, the same photographer snapped a shot of undressed Kiera Knightly and Scarlett Johansson with clothes clad fashion designer Tom Ford, in this Vanity Fair picture which was then spoofed by the magazine itself into a funny shot of Hollywood comedians in flesh colored tights.
Sports is another area in which the body is revered, and similar to fashion, produces stylized and sculpture like images of nudity. Our favorites are ESPN’s The Body Issues, featuring covers of renowned athletes with ripped muscles in perfect poses.