Besides the obvious, what do Gabrielle Union, Zoe Saldana, Regina Hall, Joy Bryant, Keri Hilson, Laverne Cox and Nicole Beharie have in common?
They've all posed nude for Allure magazine!
Orange Is The New Black's Laverne Cox and Sleepy Hollow's Nicole Beharie now join the list of other entertainers who have taken it all off for the publication's annual nude issue. Both ladies took some pretty tasteful snaps, making sure not to flash us their goodies since it's Allure and not Playboy.
Being a proud black, transgender woman, you'd think Laverne would've jumped at the opportunity to pose nude and show a different side to beauty than what we normally see. However, as she revealed, the actress originally turned Allure down. Twice.
I said no initially, thought about it, and said no again. But I'm a black transgender woman. I felt this could be really powerful for the communities that I represent. Black women are not often told that we're beautiful unless we align with certain standards. Trans women certainly are not told we're beautiful. Seeing a black transgender woman embracing and loving everything about herself might be inspiring to some other folks. There's beauty in the things we think are imperfect. That sounds very cliché, but it's true.
I honestly just want to make myself happy most, and if other people like it, then that's great. If they don't, then I'm still happy.
Meanwhile, Nicole Beharie tells Allure that even though she takes a lot of dance classes, swim and run to keep her body in tact, she too was also nervous about doing the shoot:
"I just turned 30, and I was really nervous [about posing].... But I wanted to celebrate and accept my body in an artistic way."
Do you have a favorite body part?
"I love my bum. I have a good bum."
Catch some behind-the-scenes action from the Allure nude feature below:
Bonus: A few of our favs who have gone nude for Allure