Demi Moore, 56, poses nude on magazine cover for first time in 30 years

Francesca Specter
Yahoo Style UK deputy editor
Demi Moore on the front of the October issue of US Harper's Bazaar (right) and pictured at this year's Met Gala in May. [Photo: Instagram/Harper's Bazaar]

Demi Moore has posed naked on a magazine cover for the first time in almost three decades.

The American actress wears nothing but a diamond chain-linked bracelet by Van Cleef & Arpels and a pink hat by milliner Lynn Paik on the cover of the US edition of Harper’s Bazaar.

Moore, a mother-of-three who has been married three times - to Ashton Kutcher, Bruce Willis and American rock musician Freddy Moore - looks decades younger than her 56 years in the shoot.

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She poses perched on the edge of a swimming pool in the image, her dark waist-length hair worn loose. Her arms and legs, carefully arranged, protect her modesty.

Moore’s last nude magazine cover was famously for Vanity Fair in 1991, in which she was photographed while seven months pregnant with her second child, Scout Willis, now 28.

Shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, the image showing the expectant mum’s body in all its glory, was a celebration of motherhood and beauty.

Despite the good intentions, the cover was considered indecent by many critics.

Rumer Willis, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore and Tallulah Belle Willis at an event in LA in July 2018 [Photo: Getty]

Yet the cover inspired numerous other pregnancy photos. In fact, pulling a “Demi Moore” became something of a trend in the A-list world.

In 1999, a pregnant Cindy Crawford posed naked on the cover of W magazine; Monica Bellucci stripped off while expecting in 2004 for Vanity Fair; Britney Spears was photographed nude for Harper’s Bazaar in 2006 while expecting her second son and most recently, in 2017, Serena Williams went viral after showcasing her exposed baby bump for Vanity Fair.

Demi Moore on the front of Vanity Fair in August 1991. [Photo: Vanity Fair]
Sportswoman Serena Williams famously posed naked on the August 2017 cover of Vanity Fair [Photo: Vanity Fair]
Cindy Crawford poses naked on the cover of W magazine [Photo: W magazine]

Harper’s Bazaar shared the cover image on Instagram today, while Moore also shared images from the shoot to her 363,000 followers, captioning the post: “Baring all for the October issue of Harper’s Bazaar”.

The shoot, which took place in The Getty Villa in Los Angeles, California, US, also features Moore in a romantic Armani Privé top and skirt combination paired with Roger Vivier sandals and Cartier earrings.

In another image, she poses by the pool in a strapless, Grecian-style Valentino haute couture gown.

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Moore may be a conventionally-beauty, award-winning actor, but she has previously spoken about suffering from imposter syndrome.

Last year, in her acceptance speech after winning the Woman of the Year Awards by the Peggy Albrecht Friendly House, an addiction recovery centre, Moore shared that she had felt like she “wasn’t good enough” at the beginning of her career.

She told the audience: “Early in my career, I was spiralling down a path of real self-destruction and no matter what successes I had, I just never felt good enough.”