Anyone who's ever stumbled upon a nude beach knows that it's hardly a sexy experience. In fact, the people who frequent them tend to be the people you'd least like to see naked. But in the premiere issue of the highly anticipated new British fashion magazine Industrie, the editors seem to have discovered the one beach where the beautiful people go. In a tantalizing shoot by photographer Patrick Demarchelier, our supermodel spokeswomen Daria Werbowy (above left, whose with Lancôme) and Lara Stone (above right, she's with Giorgio Armani Beauty) frolic around in the sand stark naked. The story is titled "How To Look Good Naked," no doubt a tongue-in-cheek reference to the many women's magazines that spout off DIY tricks for looking better in the buff. Seems like Daria and Lara don't need any help in that department, as made clear by the story's introduction:
"Daria and Lara have graced almost every cover and campaign this year. Their rampant popularity heralds a return to the days when models were personalities in their own right and even mightier than the labels they wore. Which is why we got the girls out of their clothes and on to the sand to reveal the secret of their success."
The fashion world has been trying for years to bring models back into the limelight not just as stars, but as personalities, so I love seeing these two girls celebrated for their raw, riveting beauty. (To see the rest of the photos from the story, click here.) In other body-baring news, this week's New York Magazine profiles Helen Mirren and includes photos of her naked in a bathtub, shot by photographer Juergen Teller (the man behind those quirky Marc Jacobs campaigns). Helen proved not too long ago that a 6o-something woman can still look damn hot in a bikini, so it was only a matter of time before someone had the notion to put her in a racy photo shoot. But I have to applaud her for being so fearless and going for it (after all, she looks great!). In the interview, Mirren gives kudos to younger celebrities who own their sexuality. "I love bold women: Madonna and Scarlett Johansson," she says. "Sexy and gorgeous, but not only that." I second that, Helen! Here's to the return of the confident, fearless beauty.
PHOTOS FROM INDUSTRIE MAGAZINE