For time immemorial, no maxim has been proved correct so often as 'sex sells. While the efforts of certain actors like Kevin Bacon, Ewan McGregor and Michael Fassbender may go some way to redress the balance, the fact remains that female nudity is far more commonplace in the movies than male nudity, and it's almost a foregone conclusion that most actresses will at least once or twice in their career take a role which sees them appear naked, or at least partially so. And yet, while some actresses will only ever perform one or two nude scenes in their whole career, others will - by choice or circumstance - take roles which require a smidgen more than that. As in, roles which barely see them keep their clothes on at all. Whether the nudity is 'artistically valid.
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Well, d'uh. The Saved By The Bell graduate's turn in the movie that threatened to end director Paul Verhoeven's career is legendary for the level of skin on show. Whilst Showgirls may have been intended as a cautionary tale about the pursuit of fame, money and acrobatic sex in swimming pools, the real cautionary tale to aspiring actresses was to be a little more cautious in choosing your first leading role than Ms Berkley was - or it may also turn out to be your last leading role. Of course, one can hardly blame her for jumping at the chance. She landed a role initially earmarked for Drew Barrymore, in the next movie from the writer-director team behind box office smash Basic Instinct - and, as the first studio-backed movie to be made specifically with the NC certificate in mind, it was a clear chance to be part of movie history. In a sense they succeeded - it's certainly not a movie anyone will forget. Just not quite for the reasons they intended.
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When Playboy started back in , the goal for Hugh Hefner was very simple. Hugh just happened to figure that one of the things that men enjoyed was looking at women without clothes on, so I suppose that 'edge' was easy to find! As the company continued to grow, they kept that message at heart. Over the years, the cover has also been graced by some of the most influential or recognizable celebrities of all time.
Our editorial content is not influenced by any commissions we receive. Over the years a lot of hot, nude women have graced the pages of Playboy. And as much as warm-blooded folks all like getting a peek at the Playmate—dreamed up by Hugh Hefner to be the girl next door, stripped bare for your convenience—nothing has the gawk factor of celebrity skin. Playboy launched in December with a celebrity on the cover and in the pages—Marilyn Monroe who didn't actually pose for the mag —but the magazine really didn't trade in famous nudity for its first couple of decades.