What was 2018 without celebrity nude photo shoots? From Kim Kardashian’s KKW Fragrance campaign to Emily Ratajkowski’s butt-baring Instagrams, 2018 was filled with naked celebrity pictures, and we wouldn’t have had it any other way. And though it’s not uncommon for drop trou in front of the internet (when they’re not showing their nipples on the red carpet, they’re taking to Instagram to post their best belfies), there’s something about a celebrity nude photo shoot. Perhaps it’s the professional cameras or the idea that the photos are more for ~art~ than anything else, but we’ll take a celebrity nude photoshoot over a naked Instagram selfie any day.
So, to round out 2018, we’ve looked back on 20 memorable nude photo shoots from our favorite celebrities. Some of these photoshoots are for magazine covers. Others are for beauty campaigns. Some speak to a more significant message about insecurities and taking control of one’s own body. But each of these photoshoots has something special to make this year-end list. So before we head into 2019, where there’s bound to be more and more celebrity nudes, let’s take a minute to remember these nude photo shoots from 2018. From Lady Gaga’s backstage photo to Bella and Gigi Hadid’s controversial magazine cover, here are the 20 most talked-about nude photo shoots of 2018.
Kourtney Kardashian for GQ Mexico
Kourtney represented the Kardashian family with a nude photo shoot for GQ Mexico in November. The reality star, who appeared on the cover of the magazine for its December and January issues, smoldered in a nude picture of her looking backward while covering her breast. “I am very comfortable in my own skin. I like to be naked in my house and I think it is important to show positive images of our body,” she told GQ Mexico.
Jenner is known for showing her nipples on the red carpet, but the model went completely nude for a photo shoot with photographer Sasha Samsonova in February. The black-and-white pictures featured the reality star in a garden with her hands and legs strategically placed to cover any privates.
Kim Kardashian for KKW Fragrance
Kim modeled her KKW Body bottle after her nude body, so of course she used her nude photos to promote the product. In April, fans were surprised with several nude photos of the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star. Each picture featured a close-up of the reality star’s body or a headless angle of her to mimic her headless bottle.
Little Mix for “Strip”
For the music video for their 2018 song “Strip”, the members of Little Mix stripped down for a nude photo shoot in November. The black-and-white pictures featured the singers sitting side by side with words like ugly and slutty painted on their bodies. The message of the video was body positivity and self-love, with Little Mix explaining that the purpose of the writing on their bodies was to reclaim the insults that have been used against them.
Lady Gaga showed off her body tattoo in a nude photo in August. The picture, shot by photographer Eli Russell Linnetz, featured the singer topless (her nipples were blurred) with sheer pantyhose over her bottom half.
Bella and Gigi Hadid for British Vogue
There was so much attention on sisters Bella and Gigi’s British Vogue cover in January that their mom, Yolanda Hadid, had to respond. The cover featured the sisters sitting in each others’ laps completely nude. “Love the skin you’re in, baby!” Yolanda told TMZ when asked about the backlash.
Zoë Kravitz for Rolling Stone
For her October 2018 cover of Rolling Stone, Kravitz re-created her mom Lisa Bonet’s 1988 cover with the same pose and expression. Both women posed for Rolling Stone’s “Hot Issue.” And though she looked the same (even their hair was styled similarly), the key difference was Bonet was clothed in a white men’s shirt while Kravitz was completely nude.
Jenna Dewan for Women’s Health
Three months after she announced her divorce from ex-husband, Channing Tatum, Dewan posed nude for the cover of Women’s Health’s August issue. “Thank you again @dennisleupold @womenshealthmag for making me feel so comfortable,” she wrote on Instagram.
Olivia Culpo for Sports Illustrated
Like Little Mix, Culpo used her nude photo shoot for Sports Illustrated in February to make a point. The model appeared in the magazine with words such as woman and love transforms painted on her body. She explained what they meant on her Instagram: “All of the words and phrases I chose for my body are a reflection of my fears, insecurities, and struggles. It took intense self-reflection which can be challenging but I knew if I could be completely candid then more women might realize we are much more alike than we think. We struggle in so many of the same ways. We are all so beautiful when we have the courage to make ourselves vulnerable and real- – And we should never be ashamed!”
Baldwin went nude for a black-and-white photo shoot with photographer Tyler Kandel in September. The pictures feature the model in a shallow lake, with her tattoos showing and an X drawn over her nipples.
Iggy Azalea for Fashion Nova
For Fashion Nova, Azalea went completely nude in June—with the exception of some nude heels and pink socks.
Beyoncé for On the Run II
Beyoncé surprised fans when she and her husband, Jay-Z, posed nude for On the Run II tour book. The nude pictures include shots of the singer and her hubby naked in bed, as well as a photo of her looking out into the distance with no clothes on.
Aguilera’s nude photo shoot came in February when the singer posed in the nude in her bathtub. One photo showed the singer covered in bubbles, while the other shows her arching her back against the rim of the tub, with her hands covering her breasts. Some fans have compared the pictures to the photo shoot for Aguilera’s 2002 album, Stripped.
A bath and pizza? We’re in. Lakshmi took to Instagram in May with a nude photo shoot of her hanging out in a bath with a box of pepperoni pizza. The pizza was strategically placed to cover Lakshmi’s nipples. In her Instagram caption, Lakshmi revealed that the pictures were inspired by artist Lee Price.
Aly Raisman for Sports Illustrated
Raisman made a statement with her nude photo shoot for Sports Illustrated in February. The picture featured the gymnast with the words Women do not have to be modest to be respected written down her body. She further explained her message in her Instagram caption: “Everyone should feel comfortable expressing themselves however makes them happy. Women can be intelligent, fierce, sexy, powerful, strong, advocate for change while wearing what makes them feel best.”
Rita Ora for Clash
Anyone who reads the Daily Mail knows that Ora is no stranger to being nude. The singer posed for a naked photo shoot for Clash magazine in October. The pictures featured the Ora sitting down completely naked, with nothing covering her body except some elbow-length gloves.
Electra was one of Hollywood’s biggest bombshells back in the day, and she didn’t let people forget it when she posed nude in September for a photo shoot with photographer Eli Russell Linnetz.
Chyna also is no stranger to showing off her body. The reality star went nude for a photo shoot in June. The pictures featured the Lash Bar owner naked in a pool, with her body strategically placed to hide her privates.
Bella Thorne for Thorne by Bella
Following in the steps of Kim Kardashian, Thorne used her body to promote her new makeup brand, Thorne by Bella. In one picture, the actor can be seen naked with nothing but some cream covering her body.
Emily Ratajkowski for Vanity Fair Spain
Ratajkowski is no stranger to posing nude, whether on Instagram or for magazines. The model dropped trou in February for a photo shoot for Vanity Fair Spain, which saw her lounging in a house with no clothes on.