Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012

Demi Moore, Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair's covers have long been provocative, but few have caused the earthquake that Demi Moore's August 1991 appearance did. Seven months pregnant and wearing nothing but her birthday suit and diamond jewelry, the actress graced the cover, glowing and defiantly proud of her womanly figure. Shot by famed celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz, the portrait of an expectant mother's body as something to celebrate rather than obscure was both startling and fresh. Though Moore covered herself with her hands, the shot was nevertheless considered indecent by many critics. But the cover would go on to launch a trend of pregnancy photos and of flaunting one's bump, cementing the titillating image's lasting cultural impact.