It’s sort of Allure’s version of the annual ESPN Body Issue. Each year for the past several years, the women’s magazine has asked a handful of famous women to strip down for a photo shoot and talk about their bodies and nudity. This year, Kristen Bell, Minnie Driver, Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Nia Long were the four brave ladies who dared to bare. Here’s what they had to say:
Kristen Bell: “My belly skin has made me self-conscious, and it’s only gotten worse since I’ve had a baby. I have definitely and happily used a body double. It’s a very nice thing to be able to rely on. … [But] I talk a big game about being comfortable no matter my size. I wanted to put my money where my mouth was [and do this photo shoot].”
Minnie Driver: “I never could have done this when I was 25 — no way. All I saw then were the flaws. I still see the flaws, but I see what’s great more — and I’ve got a banging body. [To prepare] I juiced significantly. I got a wax. You want to be neat and tidy in front of people you don’t know when you’re naked, I think — but I’m British.”
Jenna Dewan-Tatum: “It’s really funny, the direction you get when you’re doing this photo shoot. It’s like, ‘Show more side boob. Oh, can you relax your fingers while you’re covering your nipple? And don’t show the cooch.’ These are words I will never hear again.”
Nia Long: “Posing nude is probably the most uncomfortable thing ever, and not from a spiritual sense. [But] I’m still going naked. I can still take it off — two babies later. The point is to capture the true essence of beauty in our most comfortable state — and that is nude.”
Read the full interviews here.