Appearing naked in a national magazine doesn’t make you brave. Especially when you are a Hollywood celebrity who can afford personal trainers, personal chefs, and and a whole bevy of photographers and art directors who are going to make sure you look perfectly gorgeous when being featured in a national magazine. I don’t care if you just had a baby or had kids before. Allure‘s annual nude shoot features actresses Minnie Driver, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Nia Long and Kristen Bell, all posed seductively in its pages in order to show normal human women that if you are born gorgeous and have the support of a team of stylists and trainers that you too shouldn’t be ashamed of your post-baby body. Give me a freaking break.
And so did three other courageous actresses: Minnie Driver, Jenna Dewan Tatum, and Nia Long. “I was a little bit nervous, but I actually really love my body—it’s done amazing things for me,” says Driver of the experience. “There’s such a grace to being confident in who you are.” We asked the women what it feels like to disrobe for America. My boobs do make me a little bit self-conscious, because I had a baby and things really do change. I would rather go bottomless on the beach than topless actually, as it turns out—you’ll never see that, of course.”
These women are all so courageous. True heroes. Being all brave and disrobing after having children, we should give them all a medal. I can see the words “courageous” and “brave” being thrown around to describe women with mastectomies posing naked in magazines, but all ready beautiful celebrities posing splayed out on beaches and having fancy photographers and makeup artists making sure they look perfect? No, not brave, just trying to remain famous.