17 April 2011

Bridget Moynahan ... just nude or lurid?

Some of you know that a few years ago I started a humble little Internet company (magazine?) called LuxeMont. Occasionally, I'll write a piece for my brothers who are still slaving away there with a team of great people, doing their level best to make it (and the various websites we started with) into something worthy of an acquisition by someone like an LVMH or News Corp or Hearst!  Here's a recent one:

Bridget Moynahan is posing nude for Allure magazine. Yawn. The nude cover (or posing nude) for a magazine has been done before, and it most certainly will be done again...next month, most likely, by some other magazine looking to bump sales upward. Like I said, yawn.

Allure is launching a new iPad version of itself and such a propitious occasion requires clothing to be removed. And, in this case, Allure’s "Naked issue" features the young Ashley Tisdale (the latest Disney disrobing starlet) along with Kaley Cuoco (Big Bang Theory) and ultra-hot singer Keri Hilson (Lauren Conrad, The Hills, who says she’s not sexy, covers the mag appearing in clothing) and the not-so-young-but-still-oh-so-hot Bridget Moynahan (Blue Bloods).

If you’re like me, you’ve become slightly inured to the sight at our local checkout stands of young starlets staring back at us in their birthday suits for a magazine or its cover to jumpstart a career; or in the case of the aging star posing sans her Armani and her better judgment, trying to prove to us (and her business manager) that she’s still resplendent, regaling, and relevant.

Nudity is not the problem. Nudity is ubiquity. It has always been and always will be so in fashion and film and finance (wait, no, not that last one). Helmut Newton produced some legendary nudes in his day. Look at any fashion runway or catalog and witness lithe, Amazonian and womanly physiques as a work of art, yes, but also more utilitarian as a structure by which to frame the latest prêt a porter or haut couture offerings from Marc Jacobs, et. al.

There is no doubt that Ms. Moynahan is the real story here.  At 39, she has a timeless beauty that quite easily outshines the likes of the parvenu Cuocos and Tisdales and Conrads of this world (called Hollywood) who are still trying to make a career, one with legs, for themselves.  Bridget Moynahan (and her post-baby bounce-back) is the real attraction for this issue of Allure.

Ms. Moynahan has a 13-year TV and film career starring alongside Will Smith, Ben Affleck, Tom Selleck and Nicolas Cage,   There is a long sung symbiosis in the publishing world between magazines and their fungible cover girls. Vanity Fair (to be fair) started the whole "I’m pregnant" or "I’m in paint" nude cover with Demi Moore not so long ago (she has nailed the trifecta of the nude cover). Publishing is big business and as such is replete with magazines looking to bump those sales. Hollywood is big business, and they’ve got a ready supply of young and aging starlets looking to make a splash. 

Lindsay Lohan recently shot an homage cover harkening back to that first nude for Playboy, Marilyn Monroe. If you’re a young starlet or a pregnant celebrity, or especially if you’re young and pregnant celeb, chances are good that a magazine cover is in your future. Mariah Carey is but the most recent example of a celeb showing her baby bump (in her case, babies bump since she’s having twins) for a cover.

They say John Lennon and Ms. Ono (the only palindrome to break up the greatest rock band in history) were the first celebs to pose nude on the cover of Rolling Stone. There have been decades of rock bands and singers and celebs and athletes posing nude since. ESPNGQ,Vanity FairEsquire, even Time (Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman) and AARP (Jamie Lee Curtis) magazines have all gotten in on the act with these covers, revving up sales and supposedly boosting careers, but not always self-esteem.

Many a starlet has expressed je regrette. Mariah Carey and Kim Kardashian are but two examples writ large. Especially for Ms. Kardashian. Her nude cover for W has to be the most graphic cover on any mainstream magazine. Only a shot of her in stirrups at the OBGYN could be worse. Perhaps her remorse rings a bit hollow considering her other adventure with the eponymously titled sex tape that was released not long after her friend Paris' infamous tape surfaced like the bloated carcass of a wayward and misspent career.

Whatever the reasons, we will always have the nude cover. Marilyn, John and Yoko, what have you done to us?

Read my original piece over at JustLuxe.com!


Caleb S. Garcia said...

Allure is right, suddenly the new season of "Entourage" can't start soon enough. Remind me to add Emmanuelle Chriqui to the list of Women We Love.

Jg. for FatScribe said...

;) Yes, both are lovely and talented actors ... and beautiful to boot.

preppyplayer said...

I have to admire Bridget, at 39, posing. She is stunning.
But I wonder if there aren't a couple of reasons, other than publicity, for her to do so...
1. show Tom what he is missing?
2.her life is an open book, perhaps a metaphor?
3.unashamed of the human body?
I think I will read your piece and maybe find out?

For the record, I wish I had the guts in my 20's to pose for nude pics so I could remember how I used to look!

lisa golightly said...

Wish more women would do it. Not for the public "look at me" reasons you describe, but for thier own personal posterity. Hail to us 39+ers out there ... work it !!!

Jg. for FatScribe said...

Preppy and Lisa G -- Totally agree with you both that a bold, "I'm proud of my bod" self-image is good!!! One of the reasons that I LOVE the Dove soap commercials embracing the healthy sentiment is because of the message it sends to our young women.

I'm a big proponent of girl-power ... just a bit of a doubting thomas when it comes to nudes on covers to bump sales via transactional titillation!!


Sandy K. said...

My own problem with nudes adorning magazines is the message they send young people - and it isn't the "healthy and fit is good for you" message they take away. When condoms are being distributed to 11year olds - it's time to look at why our young people think they have the right to skip childhood. News stands are only one of the problems - my rant starts here.

Caleb S. Garcia said...

And what message does it send to young people?

Jg. for FatScribe said...

SK -- hear, hear! btw, i'm enjoying watching your work with your class(es)!

Caleb -- have a read here if you're interested in what i'm concerned about re: the youngin's (actually MY kids more importantly):



Char said...

ha...as a photographer all i can think is i wish i had a model that great

Dumbwit Tellher said...

I whole heartily agree Jg, yawn. It's not that Ms. Moynahan does not look amazing (and yes for 39) it's that for this vintage thinker deludes my impressions of her. I like to think of her as this dynamic, talented actress that she is. Is it just me or has Allure chosen an odd group of ladies to feature together? Could just be that a buisness savvy Bridget took this assignment for the money. Bank while you can still make it so to speak. I need to be reading LuxeMont! xx