Part I: 50 SEXIEST celeb nude mag covers of all time!
Website VH1.com has compiled a list of the most amazing magazine covers from recent years featuring actors, models, music legends and more in the buff. Here we bring you numbers 50 to 26.
Every now and then a famous face decides to strip off for a glamorous publication and makes waves in the entertainment industry. But of course, some nude magazine covers are far more memorable than others and it's easy to see why.
In the following pages we bring you a look at 25 of the '50 Sexiest Celebrity Nude Magazine Covers Of All Time' compiled by VH1.com, in ascending order.
50. Lana Del Rey
The 26-year-old singing sensation surprised everyone when she struck a pose wearing nothing but jewellery and deep red lipstick for British GQ last year.
Image: Lana Del Rey
Photographs: Cover of British GQ, December 2012
49. Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway
In a bid to garner publicity for their 2010 movie Love and Other Drugs, the co-stars put their sizzling chemistry on display by stripping off for Entertainment Weekly.
Image: Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway
Photographs: Cover of Entertainment Weekly Magazine, November 2010
48. Liv Tyler
Sporting red hair and her trademark trout pout, Liv was as coy as they come on this 1995 issue of Details.
Image: Liv Tyler
Photographs: Cover of Details Magazine, December 1995
47. Jaime Pressly
This 12-year-old cover of Maxim remains etched in many memories thanks to the saucy American model-actress -- she wore nothing but her underwear and a necklace for the shoot.
Image: Jaime Pressly
Photographs: Cover of Maxim USA, December 2001
46. Kate Winslet
At 46 on VH1's list we have stunning Kate, who wrapped herself up in a bedsheet for Vanity Fair's Italian edition in 2006.
Image: Kate Winslet
Photographs: Cover of Vanity Fair Italy, December 2006
45. Lady Gaga
Gaga decided to forego her regular eccentricities for Out Magazine in 2009, posing sensually in her birthday suit with lipstick smeared across her face.
Image: Lady Gaga
Photographs: Cover of Out Magazine, August 2009
44. Avril Lavigne
Except for a strategically placed caption (and we agree thoroughly with what it says!), the popster was topless on the front of Blender six years ago.
Image: Avril Lavigne
Photographs: Cover of Blender USA, June 2007
43. Brooke Shields
Beautiful Brooke graced this 1996 edition of Rolling Stone and it went on to become one of the magazine's most iconic.
Image: Brooke Shields
Photographs: Cover of Rolling Stone Magazine, October 1996
42. Bret Michaels
The only male to feature solo on the list, the former Poison frontman thought nothing of stripping off at the age of 47 for Billboard three years ago. Then of course, not many men have such a physique in their 40s!
Image: Bret Michaels
Photographs: Cover of Billboard Magazine, October 2010
41. Angelina Jolie
This is one of Angie's most memorable covers -- draped in nothing but a silk sheet, she mesmerised Esquire readers with her sultry gaze.
Image: Angelina Jolie
Photographs: Cover of Esquire USA, August 2007
40. Jessica Biel
Mrs Justin Timberlake is rumoured to have one of the best bods in Hollywood, so we're glad she decided to reveal her curves in all their glory at least once, even if it was 13 years ago!
Image: Jessica Biel
Photographs: Cover of Gear Magazine, March 2000
39. Lindsay Lohan
At 39 we have wildchild Lindsay Lohan, channeling Marilyn Monroe for New York Magazine in a recreation of the silver screen legend's last ever nude photoshoot.
Image: Lindsay Lohan
Photographs: Cover of New York Magazine, February 2008
38. The Dixie Chicks
The country music trio shot this cover for Entertainment Weekly in a defiant stand-off against a controversy generated by their political views. During a live show in 2003, the threesome criticised the US invasion of Iraq and then President George W. Bush. Despite issuing an apology shortly after, the backlash was massive and the Dixie Chicks, inflamed by the continuous barrage of hate, decided to wear nothing but expressions that were hurled their way during this tense time.
Image: The Dixie Chicks
Photographs: Cover of Entertainment Weekly Magazine, May 2003
37. Bar Refaeli
It's said that a picture is worth a thousand words, so Esquire decided to promote a story by Stephen King in 2009 by plastering it onto the naked Israeli supermodel. Maybe they thought it would encourage more people to read closely?
Image: Bar Refaeli
Photographs: Cover of Esquire USA, July 2009
36. Jada Pinkett Smith
Will Smith's wife of 16 years decided to showcase her natural beauty by posing au naturel for African-American publication Essence three years ago.
Image: Jada Pinkett Smith
Photographs: Cover of Essence Magazine, July 2010
35. Nicole Scherzinger
The former Pussycat Doll is up next, showing off her her bare back and long locks for this 2008 French issue of FHM. Meow!
Image: Nicole Scherzinger
Photographs: Cover of FHM France, October 2008
34. Demi Moore
It's surprising that this legendary 1992 Vanity Fair cover featuring the actress in bodypaint didn't feature higher on VH1's list -- after all, it's one that most of us are familiar with. Twenty one years on, it's still so steamy that we're forced to censor it!
Image: Demi Moore
Photographs: Cover of Vanity Fair USA, August 1992
33. Rachel Weisz
Now that is one slithery siren! Shot for Esquire in 2004, this is probably the actress' most revealing mag cover to date and the most dangerous too -- it's not everyone who's willing to pose in the nude with a python.
Image: Rachel Weisz
Photographs: Cover of Esquire USA, April 2004
32. Drew Barrymore
Dressed (or undressed?) as a lethal angel toting a weapon, Drew ruffled quite a few feathers with this 1997 image for Spy Magazine.
Image: Drew Barrymore
Photographs: Cover of Spy Magazine, April 1997
31. Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder
The Vampire Diaries co-stars and real-life couple shot for this sexy, charged image last year, which appeared on the front of Entertainment Weekly.
Image: Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder
Photographs: Cover of Entertainment Weekly Magazine, February 2012
30. Eva Mendes
There's nothing hotter than a sultry chicka in nothing but a pair of cowboy boots, which is why Eva makes it to 30 with this Maxim pic from six years ago.
Image: Eva Mendes
Photographs: Cover of Maxim USA, February 2007
29. Mariah Carey
The singing diva has always struggled with weight issues, but this 2007 Interview cover saw Mariah in the best shape of her life, playing it coy behind a crocheted sheet.
Image: Mariah Carey
Photographs: Cover of Interview Magazine, September 2007
28. Kate Upton
The 20-year-old Sports Illustrated bombshell seems to have outdone Lindsay (at Number 39) when it comes to imitating Marilyn Monroe -- her topless stint for Muse lands her at 28.
Image: Kate Upton
Photographs: Cover of Muse Magazine, March 2012
27. Ashley Judd
This 2006 issue of Marie Claire was the publication's first ever to feature someone topless -- and Ashley did complete justice to it.
Image: Ashley Judd
Photographs: Cover of Marie Claire USA, December 2006
26. Kate Hudson
And at 26 we have this month's Glamour, which sees Kate in jeans, beads and not much else, looking like the blonde babe she is.
Image: Kate Hudson
Photographs: Cover of Glamour USA, April 2013