Baring It All: A Year in Review

By Rachel Kurland

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This year’s trendsetting color: nude.

Some of pop culture’s favorite celebrities have bared it all — Jennifer Lawrence, Keira Knightley, Kim Kardashian. But why? They claim to do it for art or a societal statement, but a little research shows that it’s just for shameless self-promotion.

Some people, however, support their nakedness. The Guardian published an article encouraging the revealing breast movement:

“They’re making clear that their breasts, or lack thereof, are not public property — that our body parts are just that: one part of who we are and how we experience the world.”

But by posing for these photos and publishing them, they are in fact making their bodies public property — quite the opposite of the point trying to be made.

In my opinion, these celebrities do it for the publicity more than anything else. The media frenzies created by these bare-breasted women gives them more attention, which leads to an ever-so-cleverly planned movie or fashion line debut at the same time as their stripped snapshot.

Let’s take a closer look. Although Lawrence said the leaking of her personal nude photos was a “sex crime,” she posed nearly nude on the cover of Vanity Fair.

Knightley approved her topless photo shoot only if the photographers agreed that they would not Photoshop or retouch her for the sake of positive body image. What she didn’t say was that her new film “The Imitation Game” is coming to theaters soon, giving her some media attention right before her big premiere.

Kardashian just wanted to go for it, assuming her selfie game wasn’t strong enough. But four years ago, The Daily Beast disclosed that the star said she’s “never taking (her) clothes off again, even if it’s for Vogue.” Kardashian added, “I don’t want people to be like, ‘All she’s good for is, you know, being naked.’” And now, well, there’s the Paper Magazine (NSFW) photo that “broke the Internet.”

They each have their own personal gains that go against what they unveil to the public — even contradicting their own statements about self-respect.

These women should learn to respect their bodies and themselves. Positive body image is great to support, and if these celebrities or any other females are proud to flaunt what their momma’s gave them, all the more power to them. But what’s the point if the only thing these photos do is give people a reason to point and stare, criticize and gossip? These women are idolized — some are wives, mothers or role models for others. Is this the example the public should follow? Is taking your clothes off for the world to see the only way to have self-confidence?

Advertisements showing support for breast cancer awareness or a healthy body image, for example, at least do something positive for the public unlike sharing naked photos on Twitter. If you are going to promote a cause, actually do it for the cause, not self-promotion. In a time where young adults idolize female figures, they deserve role models with a purpose.

Celebrities should admit their true intentions and personal gains for posing nude and stop pretending that they’re doing it for a “good cause.”

Admit it ladies!

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