NO MORE SHIRTS.
Photo: W Magazine, Elle UK, Versace, Vogue Brazil
If you’ve had regular internet access for the past year, you’ve probably been noticing the same trend we have: All the celebs are going shirtless. ALL OF THEM. Granted, the whole concept of going shirtless or topless isn’t new. For one, the Shirtless Cover Dude™ has been an integral part of Men’s Health’s business model for years. And as a rule, dudes baring their chests isn’t all that uncommon to begin with, especially as we head into warmer months. Or if you follow Justin Bieber on Instagram (or on magazine racks [or at airport security]).
But the practice of women stripping off their tops—outside of, like, a Playboy magazine—isn’t nearly as commonplace. Or at least, it hasn’t been until recent days and was perhaps never more prevalent than this week. We thought 2013 was going to be the most shirtless year ever. (I mean, 2013 saw the introduction of Best Shirtless Performance to the MTV Movie Awards!) We were wrong. Gone are the days of being excited/scandalized by the occasional no-bra red carpet ensemble, topless magazine spread, or nearly-nude selfie. These are everyday sights in 2014 and THEN SOME.
Beyonce for ’Out.’
Photo: Out Magazine
We’ve got Lady Gaga sprawled out in a fashion ad, presumably selling clothes despite not wearing a shirt. We’ve got Kristen Stewart wearing nothing but paper flowers. We’ve got Nicki Minaj making topless business announcements. And no-shirt magazine covers from Beyonce, Rita Ora, and Miley Cyrus.
Rihanna just chillin.
Photo: Mario Sorrenti/Lui Magazine
Then, of course, there’s Rihanna, who appears to be waging a war against shirts altogether. @badgalriri released not one but two bare-chested editorials this week: one for Vogue Brazil and another for French glossy Lui. All of this just a month after she went to dinner with only her hair covering her shirtless torso #noshirtzone. Unfortunately for the Rihanna Navy, though, the Instagrams of Rih’s mammary-flaunting Lui cover were taken down by Instagram, bubbling up questions about censorship and nudity.
Maybe the sentiment behind the latest onslaught of topless celebs is in the same vein as Free the Nipple—a documentary and movement to “decriminalize the ’female areola,'” one Miley Cyrus publicly supports. Or maybe they’re losing their tops because the weather’s heating up. Or they all have a terrible fever-inducing allergy to spotlights. Or maybe it’s just ~trendy~.
Either way, we’re certainly in no place to tell anyone to put on clothes. (MTV has been home to shows like Undressed and Skins, after all.) Just, like, as a fashion blog, we miss clothes. Also, I’m starting to feel like James Franco kind of killed what little appeal shirtless-ness still had today, but that could just be me.