Nicole Kidman for V Magazine

Posted on August 22, 2012

Really, Nicole? REALLY?

 

Nicole Kidman coves the latest issue of V magazine photographed by Mario Testino. Makeup: James Kaliardos (Art + Commerce). Hair: Oribe For Oribe Hair Care (Oribe Agency).

 


 

Stuff like this just confuses the hell out of us. Because yes, she looks hot as hell in these pictures and Nicole has been in desperate need of a good thaw for a long time now. And certainly the gay-fabulous part of ourselves (HAHA! Did you hear that? Like it’s some tiny aspect of our personalities overall! Delusional!) wants to cheer her on and yell “You go on with your sexy self, Miss Nicole! Work that ass!”

But then we think about the fact that she’s a mature woman with an Academy Award, a baby, and a ton of respect both in her industry and in the world at large. And then it all suddenly feels kind of sad and desperate. She looks AMAZING, no doubt about it. But we kinda thought she had enough cred in her career and fulfillment in her life that she didn’t have to resort to writhing around in her underwear or flashing her sequined panties at us. By all means, shatter that image, and there’s nothing wrong with a lady wanting to look hot, but flashing your panties and fondling your boobs? That’s Lohan territory.

Look at it this way: If, say, Russell Crowe got himself all ripped and worked-out and decided to celebrate that by humping the floor in his manpanties for an editorial, we might think it was hot, but we’d also think it was a serious step down for an Oscar winner.

Oh, what are we saying? OF COURSE a male Oscar winner in his 40s would NEVER even be asked to do something like that, let alone agree to it.

 

[Photo Credit: Mario Testino for vmagazine.com]

    • MilaXX

      Not only is she unrecognizable in this, but it screams of desperation. I could see Madonna doing something like this but I would have never imagined Nicole Kidman doing this.

      • MarissaLG

        Yep- it’s pretty sad. 

        • Candigirl1968

          Agreed.  The booty cover shot just makes me shake my head.  I mean really?!?

          • http://twitter.com/pennyeager Penny Eager

            The cover is just something else. I really hope some of her friends/manager/husband/family etc told her to veto the cover? Come on.

            • deborahelwell

              i think she is great just like her hubby..      : )

          • deborahelwell

            no 1 cares what you think but they sure care about nicole thinks…

        • deborahelwell

          no it not its great !!!

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

         It speaks loudly to the intense pressure the ladies have to stay hot and young, in order to remain players in the game.
        quote from First Wives Club, “You don’t understand. There are only 3 ages for women in Hollywood. Babe, District Attorney, and Driving Miss Daisy.”  I does sadden me that she seems to be pandering to that pressure.

        • Little_Olive

          I lovelovelove that quote, especially as it comes from a pouty-lipped Goldie Hawn. So true. 

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          It is sad.  She’s an accomplished woman and now she’s flashing the good china, and in a gold thong?  I hae a real sad for Nicole.

          • deborahelwell

            i dont.’.. nicole has every thing she ever wanted and thensome …eat your heart out…you can only wish you had all that nicole has ….end im not talkin… money

        • deborahelwell

          i dout that she is shes probley TRYIN to show people how good you can look at her age end she sure does look great…

        • Jennifer Coleman

          But it almost seems pre-destined. With all of the botox and her penchant for girl-y bow in the hair styles, I’m not surprised she’d look at the alternate to be slut goddess. So sad. How cool would it have been for her to embrace a natural, unbotoxed to the max, sexy womanliness at this point? She would be so much more powerful.

      • http://twitter.com/herong Heron

        She looks like Meg Ryan!!

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=559324312 Pablo Ulloa

          Lena Nystrom actually

        • filmcricket

           That’s exactly who I thought it was from the thumbnail. The 80s styling isn’t helping. This is awful.

          • deborahelwell

            get lost !

        • kimmeister

          It’s totally the hair.

        • maggiemaybe

          I thought the very same thing. Kinda weird.

        • RebeccaKW

           Yes.  Exactly what I thought immediately.

        • Sara__B

           1980s Olivia Newton John.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B53PQYXSJR4YJBV3J6BWYSICRQ Jamie

            exactly what I thought!

        • AR16

           I noticed a couple of years ago when I caught a few minutes of the abominable remake of The Women that Meg Ryan and Nicole Kidman are beginning to resemble each other.  They must go to the same plastic surgeons.

          • Sobaika

            That movie was AWFUL.

            • Call me Bee

              It was.  Which is way too bad, because the original with Norma Shearer was excellent. 

            • Sobaika

              I know! I got the original on Netflix a few months ago actually, and loved it. I was apprehensive though because the remake was such absolute shit.

            • deborahelwell

              to kind.. ctfu at you..

          • deborahelwell

            wishin you could get some plastic…ctfu

        • MK03

          My first impression was Jem & The Holograms.

          • Little_Olive

            Oh, Jem! Middle school memories flush!

      • Violina23

        Yes… desperate was the first thought that came to me. I know I’m a heterosexual female and all, but I just found this…sad

        • deborahelwell

          so m i and i think she looks great !!!

      • Sobaika

        Yes, it’s desperate. I don’t want to blame her (it’s the industry that’s fucked) but I’m annoyed that she agreed to this.

        • RebeccaKW

           Exactly. Yes, the magazine asked her to do this, but she should have said no.

          • deborahelwell

            whys that ???

        • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

          I just don’t understand WHY she would agree to do this.  She’s married to a great guy, has beautiful children, has the Oscar and doesn’t seem to need the work – what would make her even consider this?  Bizarre.

          • Sobaika

            Things appear different in concept versus the final product. Maybe she though it’d be edgy and different than her normal shoots, it’s probably a good idea for actresses to try and shake up their public images every once in a while. 

            The end result makes it look like she was trying too hard, and it’s very forced, but I can’t imagine that was anyone’s original intention.

          • http://frederickvegetarian.wordpress.com sixgables

             I dunno, maybe she still FEELS hot?  Maybe she thought “it’s not going to get any firmer or tighter, lets get some sexy shots now, before it’s too late”?

            At this point in her career, she didn’t have to do this.  So I think she WANTED to do this.  Women are not only either victims or whores.  Sometimes they just feel like rocking the sexy.  So go with that fabulous instinct–you GO girl!  Fondle those boobs!

            She’s just a month older than me and I assure you that if I had that body, I’d be sorely tempted to wear my bikini to the grocery store while I still can.

      • deborahelwell

        you are crazy nicole kidmen looks great ! who would want to see madonna ? any way maybe only you..hehe haha

    • http://profiles.google.com/rosatcollege Ros Clarke

      Dreadful. I hate that she would even think of agreeing to a photoshoot like this. It doesn’t show any of her natural colouring which is so beautiful and it just makes her look cheap and tacky.

      • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

        This is the shoot she might have done after Tom dumped her. The “look what you’re missing” spread. I wonder how Keith feels about this.

        • Glammie

          And at that point, it would have worked.  She was in her 30s and on her way up.  This one–I’m fine with a sexy shoot, but it works a lot better when you don’t flaunt everything.  

          And, boy, there is the plastic surgery–boob jaw, lip injectables and whatever else.  When she was young she had a flat chest, small lips and an impressive mane of hair.  She was beautiful, but not perfect and a lot more distinctive as a result. She’s gotten more “perfect” as the years have gone by, but also more generic and less expressive.

          Thing is, amazing as Kidman looks for a woman in her 40s, she’s not going to get young babe parts and there aren’t a bunch of older hot babe parts .  Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Susan Sarandon all have had good post-40 careers and have aged well, but none have tried to make it as a 40-plus sex kitten.   

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            It’s as if she’s become a sexy Stepford wife-for real.

            • deborahelwell

              PLEASE >>REALY>>>>GIVE A ME BREAK >>>NO TASTe.!!!

          • makeityourself

            Yes, I’ve watched her body and face change too. This is her second boob job, it’s a permanent lip implant, and her real hair is thinning drastically.

            This is rather pathetic. She doesn’t look real in any way. Wonder how Keith likes it . . . “Hey look at mommy’s picture, girls!”

            • Glammie

              I’ll give her a pass on the hair.  She’s fair and grayed, I think, really early.  It seems to be one of the reasons she went “blonde” in her late thirties.  Gray hair is crappy at holding color and red is the hardest color to hold.  She’s not a natural red like Julianne Moore, who I’m sure colors her hair, but has the right base to support it.  

              But there seem to be a number of actresses who become stars sans boob jobs and then, when their careers tank, plump up the mammaries.  It’s ridiculous–boobs do not make or break a serious acting career and their sudden presence won’t revive one.  A good part will.  Being able to emote because your face can still move also helps.

            • deborahelwell

              shut up i guess you look gd all the time ….hehe ctfu

          • deborahelwell

            whats wrong with it huh ?…nicole looks GREAT…and thats the end of that tune…i hope every 1 got that…stop the hatein !!!!!

        • deborahelwell

          i m sure he didn t… mine… n tom got dumped by aw aw katy nic is way better off with… keith he hot…!

      • deborahelwell

        that up to her not you !

    • Judy_J

      She’s been photoshopped to a fare-thee-well.  There is no reality in these photos.  And yes, agreeing to a layout like this smacks of desperation, but then if the photos look nothing like the real you, what difference does it make?

      • amian3

         Yes, her breasts (among other things) change sizes between the various pictures. Ugh.

        • deborahelwell

          you ulg… nicole is goog lookin so go get a life of your own and stop puttin down just cuz you feel bad about your selfs !!!!

      • deborahelwell

        get aLIFE !!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Monzerrat-Ontiveros/100000216133922 Monzerrat Ontiveros

      She looks good, and I think that maybe she did this editorial for fun, for no to be as stiff as she looks like sometimes, and OMG i would love to have this body at this age. And she has two baby girls…

      • leslietane

         She has two baby girls, but (at least) one of them was born to a surrogate.

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      Actually, I wanna SEE that man editorial, when it finally happens.  Nicole looks amazeballs, but photoshopped so much she might just as well be an entirely digital rendering.
      The cover?
      No, Nicole.
      Just. Plain. No.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

        That cover is SAD, a bum baring mini Nicole? REALLY NOW.

        I know T-Lo made the Lohan reference (which is the quintessential fashion world insult), but to me these pictures read as full on Sharon Stone midlife crisis.

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

           It seems the word desperation has been getting tossed out a lot of late here, about our 40 something (and up) lady Stars. I really had thought that Ms Kidman was both too classy, and too smart, to fall for this kind of thing.

    • Vaniljekjeks

      This has Lea Michelle all over it.  I almost said “of course” to myself as I scrolled down.  

    • MelonTheCollie

      Woah. What happened to her poor hair?

      • schadenfreudelicious

        apparently she and her husband are going to the same colorist now…..

        • AR16

           That’s not a wig?! Oh man, that was the one saving grace of this for me, that she’d be able to take the hair off afterwards.

          • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

            I would bet money that it IS a wig.

    • uprightcitizen

      Can we ask Russell Crowe to do it anyway? You know, as a goof … like Burt Reynolds in Playgirl?

    • bububear

      Was she drunk when she agreed to this?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Monzerrat-Ontiveros/100000216133922 Monzerrat Ontiveros

      i saw the video of this session in E! and I thinks is not photoshop what helps  her, it was the light, the makeup an Mario fuckin Testino!!! 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/J5QKZG5NFXQE3MLXFN3MAQDUTA Mary Stone

      visible under-butt is never a good look on anyone, and I don’t care what age they are and how round/pert/perfect said butt is.  She’s not flashing panties, there are no panties to flash, and that skirt in the cover shot would be a fail anywhere outside of a Playboy mansion bacchanal.  If I were her agent, I’d be wondering if I need to find a new gig…soon….
       

      • Little_Olive

        Thanks, I needed to point out WTF is up (pun intended) with her butt in the first pic!! 

        To add to the un-tastefulness, the girly vibe in there is just disgusting (or am I seeing to much?)

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/J5QKZG5NFXQE3MLXFN3MAQDUTA Mary Stone

           No you’re not, I saw (and was also squicked by) the same thing.  The micro mini teeny bopper skirt is what gives it the creepy “daddy’s lil’ girl” vibe.

      • RebeccaKW

         That is a playboy cover shot.

    • Deb_Lynn

      agree with all you mentioned, and I’m also going to say that she sports the SAME FACE through the entire thing. And there are a heck of a lot of pictures.

      • snarkalicious

        Maybe the frozen face is due to the fact that she had to be drugged to do the shoot.  I’m hoping.

        Gross.

    • http://twitter.com/juliafoxtrot Julia Fox

      Idk, i’mm okay with it. Might just be my extreme lady love for her, but if she wants to put on racy clothing and flash her assets, good for her. When is the last time she got to do something like that?

    • IMNAngryLiberal

      I’m thinking this is a tie-in for her new movie — The Paperboy — you know, the one where she pees on Zac Ephron.  I saw some photos from that movie and almost didn’t recognize Ms. Kidman in her skank makeup.

      • tereliz

        I would pee on Zac Ephron. With or without skank make-up. You wouldn’t even need to pay me. ;)

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

      I’m having a really ambivalent response to this. On the one hand, it seems undignified, sexist, and exploitative – and as TLo note, a male actor of this caliber would NEVER be asked to, nor would he agree to participate in, such a shoot. On the other hand, I want to acknowledge her agency in this situation as a woman and a sexual subject. I’d be curious to know her own reasons for doing this.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        It would be interesting to get Kidman’s take on this, and yes, she made the call to do this photoshoot; as for her agency as a sexual subject, the photoshoot to my eyes is playing into very, very tired stereotyping of what constitutes a sexy woman-it’s ojbectifying her rather than bringing something new or specific to her to the subject.

    • Sue_Asponte

      WTF is she thinking. This is horrifying.

    • http://twitter.com/MajorBedhead MajorBedhead

      There’s not one single thing I find appealing or attractive about these photos. She has a great body but come on. This is just sad. 

    • Little_Olive

      Ugh, from the thumbnail I thought it was an early-day Meg Ryan. 

      And although she has a great body, long and lean, who could say she looks truly amazing, with all the photoshop and body doubles going around? That is IMO a big part of why this is, for Nicole, pointless.  

      • mshesterp

        I thought Meg Ryan too!  A naughty girl Meg Ryan, from when she was post-Russell Crowe and promoting In the Cut.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

          Omigod, yes. I love that novel and actually really like the movie. I’ve never been a MR fan but damn, that scene where Mark Ruffalo’s character picks her up, flips her over on her belly, and goes down on her character *from behind* … oh my. One of my all-time-fave movie sex scenes.

      • http://twitter.com/TheRedZavodnik Ginger

        ME TOO!!!  I was wondering if anybody else caught the 80′s Meg Ryan vibe (from the Top Gun era).

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/6674QYEINTH3U3I2XRC563FE2Q Cole

      The images tie into her latest film role which I can only assume is the reason for this spread.

    • petalfrog

      Unrecognizable, and not particularly hot either… sorry guys, got disagree! Also, this sseems to confirm recent speculation of her getting (small) implants

    • Tatiana Luján

      ¿Does she look like Meg Ryan to you?

      • Anathema_Device

         Yes! I just posted that, except i see a little bit of Ann-Margaret in there, too.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=559324312 Pablo Ulloa

        wrong, she look like Lena Nystrom (AQUA’s vocalist)

    • TheOriginalLulu

      It’s such a shame because I really do love her hair and face here, love the 80s rock n roll-ness of it all. The T and A, however, just feels a little desperate. A little Lea Michele LOOK HOW HOT I AM.
      Bitch, you’re Nicole Kidman. You’re better than this. Fire whoever booked you this gig.

    • Jean-Luc Bresson

      It looks like a tie in for her next movie where she plays a southern wild woman on the lam with young lover Zac Efron. 

    • http://twitter.com/kbshee kbshee

      She’s got a Sharon Stone Crazy look on her face.

      • Clueless_Jock

        Yes, Sharon Stone. Yikes.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      Did Terry Richardson take these photos?  If not, Nicole, WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?!  There is a BIG difference between sexy and crack whore!

    • Michael_Jones

      Even before I read your commentary, I kept thinking “This is an Oscar-winning actress…  Hunh?”

    • Miss_Magpie

      She looks more like Meg Ryan trying too hard in these pics than Nicole Kidman.  Ouch.

    • gregSD

      She is playing a sexpot/white trash role in her new movie. The one with Zac Efron. I’m gonna give her the benefit of the doubt, and assume that she’s just adopting that persona for this particular photo shoot.

    • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

      I don’t think she looks that hot.  She looks entirely too removed from the whole experience.

    • http://twitter.com/almcafee Alison McAfee

      FOURTY. FIVE. FOURTY FIVE YEARS OLD. yes, you’re hot nicole. we know. put your clothes back on.

    • mshesterp

      I actually think she looks pretty hot, and I completely understand wanting to be sexy…for herself and her husband.  Get Mario T. to do a private session and then keep an album.  But when you put it out like this, it definitely screams of desperation.  She has an amazing body, full stop, and I feel for aging actresses who still need to feel relevant and think this is their only option.  I definitely wouldn’t have expected it from her.

      • greyhoundgirl

        It’s a very narrow definition of hot and sexy.

        • mshesterp

          But it is one definition.  And a common definition if you look at popular culture (and 75% of Lea Michele’s photo shoots, and Kim Kardashian).  More understated sexiness isn’t really appreciated in Hollywood.

          • greyhoundgirl

            Yes–that’s exactly the point!

    • BazoDee

      Sorry -she doesn’t look sexy here to me _AT ALL. I’ve always found her remarkably a-sexual -one of the least sexy hot women out there -this editorial does nothing to change my opinion on that. The cover pic should be sexy as hell but just seems sad. 

    • Anathema_Device

      She sort of looks like an Ann-Margaret/Meg Ryan hybrid in a few of these pics.

      Yes, this photo shoot is a bit of head-scratcher. The only thing I can figure is that she is trying to keep the industry and audiences thinking of her as young, so she doesn’t have to default into the typical roles offered to women over 40.

      • formerlyAnon

         What makes it rage-inducing is that she has the finances & the reputation to create or co-create, if she is not offered outright, projects with roles that are not all about being booty-licious. She has choices less successful actors do not.

        • Anathema_Device

          I agree with you. Although the rage-inducing part for me is that even if she has more options that the average actress, she still feels the need to make people see her as “bootylicious.” And that rage isn’t necessarily directed her.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=559324312 Pablo Ulloa

      omg! she’s a barbie girl, in a barbie world ♪  she looks just like Lene Nystrom (AQUA’s vocalist)

    • greyhoundgirl

      Crotch fondling, photoshopping so she looks like a robot, generic cliche poses–I guess this is sexy (sadly) to some but give me some reality, age,and fierceness instead.  When I saw the cover I understood where this was going and, though that behind looks sexy–it just seemed sad.  I felt sad for her–and angry that this is what actresses are expected to do as they age. 

    • Antonio A Rodríguez

      I don’t mind this, precisely because she’s such an accomplished actress she can do this type of photo shoot without loosing credibility: this photos are a performance, she’s in character.

    • J D

      I love this editorial.  Why can’t Nicole be sexy as hell and well-respected?  Who says it has to be one or the other?  This editorial is colorful, fun, skanky, trashy, and through provoking and good for her for being willing to take a leap.  I’ve always thought that Kidman had some serious balls on her (see: Fur, To Die For, Eyes Wide Shut, etc.) and this editorial doesn’t seem like a step away from that image, it seems like a reaffirmation.  

    • EEKstl

      Trust me, I’m no Puritan, but my first thought here was: Gawd, what would her kids say?  

    • Gail Lannum

      OH GOOD GOD!!! Sad to see an accomplished actress resort to this

    • SpcilK

      Good for her! Yes, she is a woman of a certain age, has an Academy Award, is a mother and wife… She also looks FLIPPIN HOT! I don’t see her as desperate at all .

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K7SEDEVEYD5WGLTT5PGC6DURDQ B

      That green crotch makes her look part water-lizard. Amphibian-like, not a good look, no, no. For anyone, really. This looks like porno someone was doing with their Barbie.

    • http://www.wordydoodles.com WordyDoodles

      I am SO DONE with the 80s fried hair, off the shoulder, giant-plastic-jewelry look. This isn’t punk, this is just cheap looking. (This is no comment on Nicole Kidman as a person, just a giant OHHELLNO to the look.)

    • mommyca

      it might have to do with her new movie “The Paperboy”, where she romances somebody way younger than her…. (i forgot the name of the actor, one teen heart throb)…  Her character has just that hair and wardrobe… I’m guessing that is the rationale behind the photo shoot….
      it could also be some kind of middle life crisis… and she is doing it as a wife, mother and entertainer! :-)

      • Allyson Wells

        I think it’s Zac Efron. 

    • Veronica1022

      I thought she was interviewing for “The Olivia Newton-John Story”.  Seriously, hold the album cover from the Grease movie up to the pic and try to disagree.

    • Sartorial_She

       My embarrassment for her is so acute I can hardly look at these photos. I’m mortified on her behalf.

    • Allyson Wells

      They’re probably promoting this image for her upcoming roles in The Paperboy (she plays a very sexual character) and Nymphomaniac. But it still seems pretty desperate.

      • littlemac8

        Ha Ha Ha, I snickered!

    • Pants_are_a_must

      Oh dear. Oh, oh dear. And the sad thing is how clear the motivation behind doing a shoot like this is, and how angry it makes me.

    • http://www.facebook.com/izzzyy Dixie Murphy Ross

      She looks like Courtney Love. *twitch*

    • miagain

      oh for heaven’s sake… I just want to shake her…WHAT WERE YOU THINKING??

    • http://twitter.com/thedogsmother thedogsmother

      So tired of women reducing themselves to body parts and come hither looks. 

    • http://www.lippsisters.com/ Deborah Lipp

      The only forgivable part is it’s kind of in character for her upcoming movie. I assume that’s the justification.

      • Lilak

        Bless your heart. 
        “Oh yeah, The Paperboy” was my first thought on seeing these photos (yep, the hair – and everything else – is basically a V-style version of her character in the film). But still … not sure this shoot was, you know, necessary.   

    • nancymae

      This is beyond tragic. And I am sorry but there is not a bit of ‘she looks hot’ to go with all my ‘WTFs?’.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/FEP56YB4DUIXBWSLIMSSSGQHWY jimmack

      OMG! There must be a team of stylists laying on the floor totally exhausted after this workout. Empty cans of hair spray and bursted tubes of foundation laying everywhere. Being a stylists is not for sissies! Nor is being an expert at Photoshop.

    • geans

      Spot-on 

    • MoHub

      It’s Desperation with a great, big capital D.

    • http://twitter.com/TheSnickleboom Snickleboom

      WTF?

    • StellaZafella

      I’m gonna get read for this, but I interpret it as I do exactly for the reasons stated elsewhere here…

      I like Nicole Kidman. I like her talent her cred AND the fact that, ‘at her age’ be damned, she can turn out a fucking faboo spread like this that younger starsluts could only DREAM of. To me, she’s saying, essentially, “I’m a fucking Oscar winner, I’ve got a hot husband, a family, a career…and I can rock a pair of sparkle panties if I damn well please!”

      I say. YOU GO BABY, let the bitches follow THIS!

      • AnaRoW

         I agree. I’m not getting the sad desperate vibe others here are maybe because I don’t see Nicole as sad and desperate or maybe it’s the 80s hair and makeup.  It’s like she decided to have fun and went with it.

        What I want to know is why there’s such a difference between how male and female Oscar winners look?  It’s telling that the best example you could come up with is Russell Crowe, who struggles to maintain his weight.   Kevin Spacey once said that Brad Pitt was at a disadvantage being good-looking and that he, like Paul Newman and Robert Redford, would probably have to wait until he was much older to be really taken seriously.  Then on the women’s side you have women like Penelope Cruz, Nicole, Rachel Weisz and Halle Berry. 

    • mjude

      i am a nicole fan, but girl…really?

    • Catiline

      I don’t think the sexfulness of the shoot is a problem per se, it’s the fact that she looks like Ke$ha that’s got my jaw on the floor.

      • http://kingderella.tumblr.com/ kingderella

        this! i was really a bit disoriented (and disappointed) when i first read tlo’s reasoning *why* this is a “really, nicole?”
        its not the concept, its the execution.

        • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

           And we said pretty much exactly that in the post.

          “By all means, shatter that image, and there’s nothing wrong with a lady
          wanting to look hot, but flashing your panties and fondling your boobs?
          That’s Lohan territory.”

          • http://kingderella.tumblr.com/ kingderella

            “… but flashing your panties and fondling your boobs? That’s Lohan territory.”

            thats just not how i see it. im horrified by her wig, make-up, and styling here, but im not bothered by an ‘established’ and ‘respected’ actress being sexual in this explicit way.

            to bring in another example – i hope im not derailing the discussioon – its part of what i admire about janet jackson, who just keeps being her explicit, kinky self, despite her age and the shit people give her for it. the way i see it, jackson is not doing it because ‘sex sells’ – in her case, less sex would probably sell better – but shes doing it because its how she wants to express herself.

            i agree that not the same is asked of male celebrities – respected or otherwise – and i think that should change. but i dont think it should change in the direction that established acresses should stop flashing their panties, if they feel like it. it should change so that established male actors can start flashing their bulges, if thats what they want to, and not become less respected for it.

            basically, people should be free to be as sexual as they want to. and (hopping back from ‘how it should be’ to reality) of course there is sexism and pressure involved, but i assume that an experienced, already established, and (presumably) rich and powerful actress like kidman made her own choices here, rather than ‘being pressured into’ doing something.

            btw im enjoying the discourse and i think its an issue worth discussing.

            (edited some typos)

            • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

              We’re sorry, but some people are confusing personal choice with job requirements. This isn’t Nicole being “free to be as sexual as [she] want[s] to,” or flashing her panties “because she feels like it.” This is an actress doing what the job requires of her.

            • J D

              Agreed.  But Nicole Kidman is the person who chose to take on the role of a middle aged nymphomaniac.  She’s the person who chose to allow herself to be depicted as that character in this photo spread.  You keep talking about her as though she has no agency, no say in how she is portrayed because of her job/publicity requirements.  I look at this spread and see a powerful woman who is completely in control.  Maybe she looks like Ke$ha and, from a style perspective, that’s not so great.  But I have a hard time believing the argument that a successful woman like Nicole Kidman is being somehow forced or coerced into showing her ass on the cover of V Magazine, or that she wouldn’t have the wherewithal to say no if she didn’t like the tone of the spread.

            • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

              We don’t know where people got the idea that it’s somehow normal for actresses to do editorials in character, because that’s not our experience at all.

              And, based on our own knowledge of the industry and how things work, we think you and other people are overstating just how much control Nicole had here. But please note that we never once said she was forced or coerced into doing anything.

            • J D

              You’re right that most actors and actresses don’t have much of a say when it comes to the themes/stories of the magazine spreads in which they star.  But, they do have managers, handlers, PR lackeys, who coordinate closely with magazines and sign contracts and maintain the right to ixnay any particular photos that they don’t like.  If Nicky K. didn’t want to be naked in this spread, she wouldn’t be naked.  See Sarah Jessica Parker’s no nudity clause. There are plenty of actresses who draw lines in the sand.

              I don’t know, I just love this spread.  I don’t see Lea Michele in GQ in pigtails and a miniskirt with a lolipop in her mouth.  I don’t see a female prostrating herself for the “male gaze”.  I see Liz Taylor in a white slip in Butterfield 8.  I see a woman commanding her sexual power, and overwhelming the male gaze.

              But if you want to talk about the Lea Micheles of the world and whether or not they are pressured/feel pressured into appearing overtly sexual in magazines, tv, film, etc, you’ll get no argument from me.  There is certainly no way to argue against that.  I just think that in this particular instance, Nicole is owning her sexuality and flaunting it, not asking for our approval.  That’s why I think the spread is so great.

              Anyway, love your website, and I love that you guys are willing to engage in discussions like this.

    • http://twitter.com/urban_gypsy Tess Danesi

      Devil’s advocate here. Why should her age, her Academy Award or any other factor take away from the fact that Nicole just wanted to have fun? She sure as shit has the body, the face, and the world class photographer for it. And she looks hot as hell. I don’t see wanting to look and feel sexy, even in this semi-overt way (and yes, to me the cover is perhaps a bridge too far, but not because it’s Nicole, because it’s ass on the cover) as necessarily desperate.

      Maybe the reason she did it is because it is so outside of her ice queen persona. I have no issue with someone wanting to work/explore a normally hidden aspect of their personality. I think one question is why are we so uncomfortable with a lady of a certain age getting her sexy on. 

      That said, I hate the fried looking hair.

      • BazoDee

        But she doesn’t really look like she’s having fun -it all looks forced. Otherwise I would agree with you. 

      • http://kingderella.tumblr.com/ kingderella

        agreed! honestly, i have a bit of a problem with the sentiment behind this post. tlo, you guys are fabulous and funny as fuck, but i really disagree with what youre saying here.

        that being said, i just dont like these pictures, on a purely aesthetical level.

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

        It’s a bit naive to characterize this as “just wanting to have fun.” This is part of her job and photoshoots like this are damn hard work. Not to mention the fact that it’s unlikely that she came up with the concept and styling for this shoot. This is less about what Nicole Kidman “wants” and more about what actresses are pressured into doing in a way that never happens with actors.

        • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

          But I wonder how much input she had in this layout.  Because frankly, it doesn’t strike me that she is having any fun at all it.  I don’t see anything sexy, funny or joyous about this.  Maybe she wanted to do something out of her comfort zone and I respect that – but I don’t think this is it.

    • Dan_In_NYC

      I completely get where you guys (and most of the kittens) are coming from with the desperation, but I also fall into the “fun” camp.  

      The first thing I thought was, “I bet she had a great time doing this and was happy for a little change of pace.”  I can see how people think this is a step down and agree that women have this higher standard in Hollywood in terms of beauty, but I also think if you happen to be smokin’ hot like Nicole, it’s probably fun to put the Oscar on the shelf and take sexiness out for a spin once in a while.  :)

    • LauraWL

      Mario Testino? I expected more from you. >:-( Also, not sure if you were being facetious, but didn’t T. Cruise just do a sexed up spread for that awful rock opera he did? Although Cruise has only won a Golden Globe and not an Oscar. 

    • GorgeousThings

       OF COURSE a male Oscar winner in his 40s would NEVER even be asked to do something like that, let alone agree to it.

      And if that aint one seriously sad statement, nothing is. First, that a woman of talent and beauty would be asked to do this, and second, that a man of equal talent and beauty never would.

    • maggiemaybe

      Uh oh.

    • http://cheekypinky.wordpress.com/ Rebecca

      I dig the Debbie Harry vibe, all things considered.

    • twocee

      Hm.  I have to disagree with TLo and the majority of the BKs on this.  While I don’t personally find it an attractive photo spread, I don’t see the desperation that so many of you do.  I’m only a few years shy of Kidman in age, and it’s only now that I could imagine doing pictures like this (HAHAHA…assuming I had the body, face, or reason to).  I see more desperation in a 20-something year-old doing this photospread (see the comparisons to Lea Michele) than I do in a woman in her 40′s.  For all of our talk about how women are pigeonholed based on their age in Hollywood, the commentariat seems to be doing the exact pigeon holing to Kidman – “she’s too old to do this….she must be desperate for attention…etc.” 

      Now, the success of the photos?  Eh.  I don’t think Kidman is a good enough model to pull them off, but that has nothing to do with her age.

    • Judy_S

      The makeup is vintage Ann-Margret, and that’s who she looks like in every shot. Maybe it is related to a role but I relate it to the recent spate of photo essays (can’t bring myself to use the term editorial for fashion pictures padded with fluff) where stars are done up to look like Bardot, Loren, etc. in 60s eyeshadow and period hairdos. Bad periods.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DJQMGJU7MZMBVLSD4GUTPJEPD4 murt

         The makeup looks more Debbie Harry to me.

    • AmeliaEve

      OK, she’s an actor, she plays with different personae and puts herself in a variety of roles. But what the hell is she doing with Anita Pallenberg’s hair from 1968?

    • http://twitter.com/nkk Nikki

      Her head/hair is not that big… what is that? a puppy?

    • Trisha26

      I’m very disappointed. She is so talented. Another one bites the dust.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000531258232 Benjamin Gazy

      Americans are such prudes.  Why are the buttocks inherently desperate?  Show this spread in Paris and people would say, “C’est normale.”  If Nicole wants to be a sex pot at 45, she should be able to do so without being called “trashy”.  “Objectification this” and “smacks of desperation” that…Oh, please.  Get a fucking grip, bitches.  She looks great and wants to show off her body in a provocative way at age 45.  Why can’t you just take that for what it is?  She’s obviously not a desperate, struggling actress.  Nicole has always had an unabashedly sexy side if you were paying attention.  The fact that you schoolmarms add the “Oh how SAD!”  subtext is the real problem with these pictures.  If you’ve got it, flaunt it!  You work that hot ass, Nicole!

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

        Find a way to say “I disagree with the opinions expressed” without being an asshole about it.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000531258232 Benjamin Gazy

          I apologize.  Love your blog and I thought I was keeping in the tradition of unabashed bitchiness that seems to be a staple around here.  Sorry to have that cheekiness come across as “being an asshole about it.”  Maybe it’s limiting to take the “just showing off/having fun” approach to this shoot, but we are talking about a vetted actress here.  Nicole doesn’t have to show her ass to get attention. It’s hard for me to imagine her showing up to the this shoot feeling pressured to expose herself in a way that she is uncomfortable with, and then just going along with it.  The more we clutch our pearls at the sight of exposed butt cheeks, the more undue power that gives to nudity in our culture, in my most humble opinion.  I hope this isn’t too, assholeish.

          • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

             It’s fine.

            But you’re still misrepresenting our objections to it. We have no problem with her or any other actress posing nude. That’s not the issue.

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000531258232 Benjamin Gazy

              I get that the real issue is the inequality that women face in the industry when it comes to editorials; women are asked to flaunt their T&A in a way that men aren’t (quite yet) expected to…  Despite this spread not being the classiest in the world, I don’t think this makes it into Lohan/Richardson territory.  And for the record I wouldn’t personally consider a similar male 40-something actor doing a shoot like this a step down, although I’m sure you’re right that it would be perceived that way.  While Nicole is no Sharon Stone, I’ve always thought of her as an icy exhibitionist.  Am I naive to think that this is Nicole expressing that exhibitionist side and not pressure from the industry?  Otherwise, why would she agree to this?

            • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

              Have you EVER seen a male 40-something actor do a spread like this? Because that’s the point. Channing Tatum, who’s over ten years younger than Nicole with far less respect as an actor, played a STRIPPER in a popular movie and yet we can’t recall seeing one editorial where he was asked to sex it up like this. None of the male stars of Magic Mike did anything like this – and they had far more reason to do so.

              “Am I naive to think that this is Nicole expressing that exhibitionist
              side and not pressure from the industry?  Otherwise, why would she agree
              to this?”

              Why would she do this? Pressure from the industry. Pressure from society. Or maybe she didn’t feel any pressure at all but is just following the norms that say a woman in the entertainment field, no matter how far she gets in her career, is expected to do something like this regularly. Maybe she even loved every second of it – and we have no place judging her for that. But we still think a spread like this represents the vast divide that separates how we think of women in entertainment and how we think of men.

              And before someone points to some shirtless Joe Manganiello photo or something like that, we reiterate: it’s not that she’s showing skin; its that she’s doing it in such a “pleasing the male gaze” kind of way. Male stars might be subjected to the occasional beefcake photo, but we’ve never seen one where he’s rolling around on the floor in his underwear, touching himself or showing his ass cheeks on a magazine cover.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              “Pleasing the male gaze” -Thank you. That is precisely what bothers me most about this photo shoot. 

            • http://twitter.com/andakat andakat

              I agree with basically every point here.  The only male star I can think of who has come close to this level of objectification is Fassbender.  And that’s kind of a special case because of the film he was marketing and his own persona.

    • AlexisPayne

      This made me think of Heidi Klum, her new movie The Paperboy has her dressed/styled like this also. Maybe a carryover?

    • padma sallah

      Dear Lord. I thought that was Lindsay Lohan. That is a mistake I should never be able to make with you Miss Nicole!! Yes, it looks all hot but no, this dosent feel like her. It just stinks of desperation. :/

    • SewingSiren

      Sharon Stone Jr.

      • http://twitter.com/SparklyCasanova UglyCasanova

        These female actors are starting to look like one another, aren’t they?  I wonder if they share the same “dentist”.

        • SewingSiren

          Yes they are. I also see Burning Bed era Farrah. And Mad Max era Tina.

    • MzzPants

       She must be feeling insecure.  Can you imagine if Terry Richardson had done this shoot?  Gad!

      That said, she does look great.  Sure she’s got an Oscar, but she ain’t never been Meryl Streep.

    • Frankie_Fane

      I think it’s because of her role in that movie THE PAPERBOY.  She plays a slutty bleached blond so therefore the magazine spread is a reflection of that.  Otherwise I would say desperate. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZBFH32YG44LIIZYLSQPMBXMYCU Sarah

      My friend gave me a link to an article from Mother Jones about the subjugation of women’s talents and opinions today, so I’m feeling pretty feminazi right now, and this is offensive to me for all the reasons stated re: Nicole Kidman’s career, but also for the fact that these type of shoots, regardless of the person in them, do a poor job of even a passing connection to fashion, and a much better job of turning a woman into T, A, and Lips.

    • PaulaBerman

      She looks like Meg Ryan in these pictures.

    • Qitkat

      After my initial shock (I have such admiration for her as an actress), it recalled a time in my life when I was 43. An assignment in a university black and white photography class was to take a self-portrait, as risque as we dared. Eventually I set up the tripod and took a photo of my dark-haired self with wet, tousled hair, wearing a brown leather jacket and nothing else. It was slightly provocative while also ambiguous. That was quite racy to me, and my family has not seen those photos to this day. It also felt like a brave, defiant act to do, something which anyone who knew me well would have found very unexpected and unsettling. And you know what? there was a part of me that liked that.

    • Tabitha Calhoun

      This is clearly an editorial as reference to her character in Paperboy. Actors of all genders and ages regularly pose “in character” when they have a big awards-bait movie coming out. Why should it be any different because she is an acclaimed actress? Her personal life has absolutely nothing to do with the pictures and has no place in the conversation. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZBFH32YG44LIIZYLSQPMBXMYCU Sarah

        And yet if I was in a magazine, I would expect a person to think of what they knew of me when they saw the pictures. So if we, the public that pay to see her, think perhaps her look in this shoot is beneath her exalted station in the entertainment industry, how is that commenting on personal life? Personally, I think it’s a reaction to seeing a celebrity heretofore known for class shot as a character without any. I don’t think she looks bad, just unfortunate. Also, I don’t know the movie to which you refer, so would not have been able to use that as a point of reference.

      • Laylalola

        Right, let’s just pretend that’s not Nicole Kidman’s ass on the cover. Because the first thing anyone looking at this on a newstand is going to think its, Oh that’s that character she’s playing whose name I don’t know and movie title I don’t remember.

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

        We’re really not aware of actors “regularly” posing in character for their latest movie. You’ll often see things that are slightly referential, like when Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis did spread after spread wearing white or black dresses with full skirts and lots of tulle when Black Swan was out. They wore things that reminded one of ballerinas without actually dressing them like ballerinas. That kind of thing is far more common than simply dressing them up to look like their latest character.

        And we think the idea that we can’t mention that she’s Nicole Kidman or any of the facts of her life when discussing her magazine editorial to be slightly ridiculous.

    • Susan Crawford

      Increasingly, the PR machine for upcoming films seems to require photo shoots where the star poses “in character”. Considering these photos, and pre-release buzz about “Paperboy”, I would say Nicole is working the shiz out of this role.

    • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

      WTF?  Whatever prompted her to agree to ANY of this photo shoot?  It would be ridiculous on a twenty-year old playmate but Nicole Kidman?  

    • cleep1000

      Ridiculous.

    • kittenwithaquip

      I was certain I was looking at Heidi Klum.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5UQHEKG5EDX4T6NMARUC565TPQ Amy

      Be a lady. WWMD? What Would Meryl do?

    • http://twitter.com/dollsaga Dollsaga

      I had exactly the same thought before reading everyone’s comments, as an accomplished woman, she doesnt have to do all of these provocative shots.

    • PinkLemon

      If she wasn’t TOPLESS with her ASS hanging out, i’d be more inclined to give benefit of the doubt. That first shot could easily be in Playboy.

    • Aurumgirl

      Really, really desperate.  I know everyone wants to believe they still look like they’re teenagers, but all of these photos are just making this acclaimed actress seem delusional.  I want to see this humiliating trend stopped.
       

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DJQMGJU7MZMBVLSD4GUTPJEPD4 murt

         It reminds me of Tom Cruise’s recent photoshoot, where he had all the fake tattoos and his tongue sticking out… Similar kind of thing.

        So I don’t know about a male oscar winner in his 40s, but Tom Cruise is nearly 50…

    • tallgirl1204

      I’m wondering if she’s researching a role.  And otherwise, she’s just playing a joke on us all.  (Or maybe in my warped mind, this is a “I was in on it with Katie, Tom– so there!”)

      In no universe can I picture her as desperate. 

    • PrunellaV

      Cheeky.

    • HM3

      To echo TLo, the photos seem to accomplish what they were “aiming” for. I just can’t see anything of Nicole Kidman in there. At all. I was confused and shocked, in a bad way.

    • ClevelandburbsBeth

      Maybe she’s trying to get Tom back.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Clydette-Wantland/673315286 Clydette Wantland

      I’m surprised by her doing this but the pictures. I could do without the ass cheeks on the cover.  You know these pics are airbrushed beyond airbrushed. Wonder what got into her?

    • http://profiles.google.com/valencia.lucia87 Lucía Valencia

      Shouldn’t this be marked as a NSFW post? You know, ’cause of the Academy Award winning nipple?

    • watchmeboogie

      I don’t know, I think it’s fun and she looks fantastic – nothing like herself, of course, but it’s certainly the most fun thing she’s done in… well, ever. Good for her. Just because you have a career and some babies doesn’t mean you can’t kick up your heels and say “fuck it!”

    • watchmeboogie

       Also slightly surprised at some of the prudery here. Whoopee, it’s her butt – you see more at any beach.

      • http://profiles.google.com/valencia.lucia87 Lucía Valencia

        IMO, if you’re taking the whole thing like that, you’re totally overlooking the context and the whole point TLo were trying to make. The thing is, she is NOT on the beach and this a terrible (and confusing) PR move on her part. Besides, they’re so many different ways she could’ve done sexy without resorting to any of this. We’re not prudes, we’re disappointed. 

        • watchmeboogie

          I didn’t overlook anything – I just don’t agree.

    • HM3

      Question: even if it weren’t Nicole in these pictures, HOW are they appropriate for “the travel issue?” Is it because she is Australian? Baffling.

    • joe_tey83

      I think this has to do with her character in that Zac Efron movie or something.

      Also, I NEED to see Russell Crowe writhing in his manpanties.

      • SRQkitten

        LOL, Joe, I’m with ya on those RC pics!

        When I first looked at these pictures, I immediately scrolled back up as I thought the photographer was Terry Richardson and was shocked to see that Mario Testino did these pictures. I thought of his work as being a bit classier, as in the Diana photos. Not panty shots and bare ass.

        srq

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Sutton/1306915399 Chris Sutton

      Maybe she’s working on a new movie role- you know, “The Melanie Griffith Story”.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      I see a lot of Meg Ryan here.  But wow, I too, am appalled.

    • Imasewsure

      I’m definitely a feminist and this kind of thing gives me a sad…. still I like the last head shot… shades of Elizabeth Montgomery…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1235612578 Maggie Smith

      She may be working it from the neck down, but neck up doesn’t look very happy to me.  I mean, if she maybe looked like she was having fun with it instead of it being painfully desperate…

    • http://twitter.com/GuidosDaddy Jason M. Galloway

      I think it’s fun!  She is just channeling her character from “The Paperboy”.  I don’t find it desperate at all.  Actors have been doing editorials as their characters forever-she did it right! 

    • ojosazules

      It’s Mizz Sleezy from ” The Paperboy.” That’s not Ms. Kidman.

    • librarygrrl64

      I give this a grade of D for Desperate.

    • formerlyAnon

      Agree completely gents.

      That cover is what one expects from someone willing to take the risk (of being dismissed as being just about the T & A) in order to garner desperately needed attention. A minor starlet who’s stalled. An aging actor (actress) who’s peaked as the lead possessor of T & A in exploitative B movies and is suddenly getting passed over for younger bods.   Not top-earner, Best Actress Oscar-winning Nicole Kidman.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RHLSUVX3NCPB4OSS5BM7GZIXUE P. Capet

      i’m no prude but don’t really get this either. she’s so talented but always talked about wanting this normal life.  so she marries a country star, moves to rural tennessee, a super-bible-belty area, and has two babies with religious names.  it all kinda fit together.  she must be really bored or something.  but i still love her and yeah of course she’s hot.

    • turtleemily

      I keep thinking it’s Meg Ryan.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=621974740 Carolyn Wilson

      Is this an attempt to publicise “The Paper Boy” where she plays a pneumatic blonde? Her boob job looks good here, that’s about the only nice thing I can think of to say.

    • Call me Bee

      Wow.  I audibly gasped as I scrolled down and saw her butt-cheeks!  Oh no no no. 
      I really want to know why she would do this. 
      Is she feeling old and worn-out, or suddenly irrelevent?  I know that can happen as you get a bit older, but then, honey, produce and act in a fabulous and important movie!  Don’t show your butt to the whole world.  Leave that to the D-listers.    

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZBFH32YG44LIIZYLSQPMBXMYCU Sarah

        I always think it must be hard as hell to be a celeb at a photo shoot. Even in elementary, the picture day guy would be all “smile, you’re beautiful, let’s see those teeth, etc.” It must be a billionfold for them, and I’m picturing a scene like “Nic, you’re so hot, lets see you push those boobs together! You’re amazing! Put on these orange lace panties! A little more butt, please!” And they create a mood where she probably told herself “I’m an actress, this is riffing off my new role, and I can play this part.”  But when it came out, we thought things like you said  (desperate! needy!) and that’s sad. Poor, rich, academy award-winning Kidman. If only she had a better way to make herself noticeable and relevant! Perhaps being naturally lovely and talented? Yes, make a brilliant movie and leave the awful photos to those who we don’t expect much of.

    • bluerinse

      Seems there should be a new “Girl, that’s not your breasts” category.

    • VicksieDo

      That’s the most over-Photoshopped thing I’ve ever seen, and that’s saying something.  That doesn’t even look like her except around the eyes a little bit.  ICK! This is not how you age gracefully :-(

    • kolokOlchik

      nice ass, though

    • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

      She looks hot (except for the 80s hair band-hair), but I always thought she was way classier than this.

      There’s nothing wrong with the photos per se, but it’s just not HER.

    • http://oneblueberry.com/ LaVonne Ellis

      She’s pimping her latest movie, The Nymphomaniac — oops, I mean The Paperboy, in which she plays a trashy blonde. This looks right in character with the shots I’ve seen.

    • patticake1601

      I love it!  But then again I am Aussie and grew up seeing her catch the school bus every morning. We all knew who she was and she was cool.  Who wouldn’t like to look like this at her age, good on her. But yeah, I am biased and it’s Aussie Aussie Aussie all the way for me!  Goodonya Nic!

    • http://twitter.com/democracydiva Democracy Diva

      She doesn’t look amazing. You can barely even tell it’s her – because it barely is. This is 90% photoshop and 10% Nicole, and that’s me being kind. Oscar winner or no, this is one of the worst editorials I’ve ever seen.

    • newtonGOTbeaned

      I actually don’t have a problem with the overt sexiness. I have a problem with the photoshop. She’s a beautiful 45-year-old woman and she doesn’t need to be photoshopped into looking 15 years younger.  And I think gorgeous 45-year-olds should own it.

    • frannyprof

      So sad and desperate. What has happened to you, Ms. Kidman?

    • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

      Ugh. When I saw this earlier today, my first thought was, “What would TLo say?”

    • Nazzzy

      For once in her life she actually looks like she’s having fun so I say good for you, honey. Plus, she looks great and that’s always a big plus.

    • Lisa Kramp

      Nope, go back to the 60′s. Change the color to red and she’s channeling Ann-Margret.

      • LambeeBaby

         I thought she was doing a bit of Olivia Newton John.

        • imspinningaround

          I see so much vintage late-’80s Rachel Hunter in these photos, it’s crazy.

    • nannypoo

      Whorish, tacky and unattractive. A photographic trifecta.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      I’m hardly her biggest fan, but I feel an actor of her stature shouldn’t have to go bare-ass on a magazine cover to flog a movie.  Not cool, Hollywood.

    • starryeyedcapricorn

      The photo shoot is to promote her role in the upcoming pulp-fest The Paper Boy. The one where she pees on Zac Efron. The one that had them hooting in Cannes. It’s a campy B-movie role where she plays the dumb blonde babe and the cougar, and did I mention she pees on Zac Efron after he gets stung by a jellyfish? She’s in character selling the movie, bitches. Good for her.

    • Lisa

      Naaah, I think it’s fine.  I mean, she looks trashy, but I’m with everyone else who thinks this is a promotional layout for “The Paperboy”.  It’s totally the character she’s playing in the film.

    • understateddiva

      fire your publicist, lady.

    • Trebawa

      Who are you and what have you done with Nicole?

    • another_laura

      Cringe-worthy.

    • kikisayshi

      WHY?

    • quiltrx

      I was scrolling down the first picture saying, “what is it you guys I don’t get…”

      And THEN I got to her Biscuit Bottoms.  On the cover Nicole?  What did they give you before this shoot?

    • CurbGirl

      So, this would be fine if it were an actor, under thirty, without an Oscar and maybe without ovaries??? Interesting issues.

    • Judih1

      Sad, pathetic and desperate. You nailed it when you said a male celebrity of same age and stature would never stoop so low to this.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1241487378 Lauren Lynch Fox

        Agreed. Sad.

    • karingallagher

      This is a response to Tom’s “I can be a 80s Rock God” phase and nothing more.

    • LesYeuxHiboux

      You are too good for this Nicole. I haz a sad.

    • Markatha

      She’s an actress promoting her new movie & roll (the paperboy) I Love it.  Good for her.

    • frankystein123

      Poledancing for The Paperboy I presume?

    • texashistorian

      I don’t care how they make her up, she still looks like a prim, third-grade teacher to me. She has a very suburban face, if that’s a term to use.

    • http://twitter.com/AmberAndronicus Fucking A.

      Her hair.
      sweet baby Jesus no.

    • RzYoung

      i’m genuinely shocked! i went for my pearls!

    • ccm800

       unrecognizable. Cant blame a girl for trying to show the youngins but  lit and filtered to the point of cartoon shows no one anything except that you have  a lot of flaws to hide.

    • tsid2012

      I’ll give here a pass.  If she feels confident & sexy, go for it! She has a great career, wonderful family, more money  than she could probably spend in a lifetime so she clearly doesn’t need any of our approval.  If I had the bod and the platform was offered, I would relish felling that sexy too.

    • tsid2012

      testing

    • jilly_d

      GREEN. BEDAZZLED. VAGINA. That is all.

    • http://twitter.com/TMamBo Therese Bohn

      Oh Nicole, you shouldn’t have let those seedy Glamor Shots you had made for Keith be leaked to the press!
      Sad, and I’m sure her kids are thoroughly embarrassed by these.  What a disgusting 180 from the gorgeous Harper’s Bazaar Australia cover you did in June.  Sad and desperate, and I would like to think she only did it for a boatload of money to support her kids education. 
       I know there’s a lot of mature ‘actresses’ who, when they pose for stuff like this think they’re being edgy and sexy and blowing off a little steam, but really, anytime one poses with their hands near their privates, it’s nothing short of soft porn. 
      This is shit.
      Katherine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor never did this shit. If she thinks this will get her more serious, meaty roles, I think she’ll be disappointed. It’s a sad, sad commentary on how women are still treated in Hollywood and a sadder on Kidman’s self esteem.
      The ‘clothes’ are totally fugly too.

    • http://frockpaperscissors.blogspot.com/ kvlm

      She looks hot.  That being said this whole spread is ridiculous.  RIDICULOUS.

    • Cleo Mitchell

      Rod Stewart x AbFab x ‘The Locomotion’ – this totally ruins the Nicole brand for me, suprised and not at all convinced.

    • Cory Stottlemyer

      I’m sure another commenter has pointed this out, but I think this editorial is just playing off her Paperboy character, which is supposed to be TRASHY (she supposedly pees on zac efron’s face at one point in the movie…) She’s just building up buzz for her movie like the pole dancing actress she is haha. I love it.

    • deborahelwell

      i think nicole kidmen looks great people’ are just jealous ! couse they dont look as good as nicole kidmen …nicole is great at every thing she does so eat your heart out world…i think she looks HOT and she sure as hell dont need any one to tell her… how good she looks !!!!!!…she is beautiful !!!!…i love every thing about her…i even love her husband big fan of his…you go nicole lookin great as always…!

    • guest2visits

      I think there’s something different about posing for a magazine in fantasy pictorials, like this; and walking around in daily life
      (like the Lindsays, Mileys, Rihannas..) in stuff that’s clearly tacky, overly sexed, or just preposterously out of whack with their
      surroundings. It’s like the difference between what’s acceptable on the RW and what people actually wear every day. She’s been
      naked several times before; maybe this a just a last sexy “glamour shots” moment; celeb style. I kinda think she looks amazing and
      I can’t really see this look becoming who she is or what she’s all about. In fact; this is very different from her usual persona.

    • Jennifer L.

      I don’t know. Tacky as hell, but it also looks like she’s channeling her character from “Paperboy” – not so subtle promotional work?

    • EEKstl

      Is it me, or does she look like a sexed-up Elizabeth Montgomery circa “Bewitched” in pic #3?

    • Beardslee

      Such a small minded and trite depiction of what womanhood is.  Why Nicole, why?

    • http://www.thirteen.org/downton-abbey/category/the-downton-dish/ Gotham Tomato

      I don’t think it’s desperate. I think she’s just doing it now because she didn’t get it out of her system when she was younger and married to automaton Tom.

      She is pretty unrecognizable in these though. But they’re gorgeous pictures.

      –GothamTomato

    • venusvelvet

      This is why I come here – under the incisive and witty critiques lies a very humane sympathy for your subjects. I hate seeing my favorite actresses fall off the screen when they hit a certain age, bumped by the upcoming crop of 20-something stars, while actors’ careers last decades longer.

    • PeaceBang

      Terribly tawdry and ugly. The hair is a crime. It’s fine if Nic wants to shake it up, promote her sexy for the new edgy movie coming out, etc., but these clothes, hair and make-up humiliate her. I just can’t with the green sequined crotch with the stilletoe heel digging into the thigh. Why didn’t she exert more editorial control and realize how desperate and degrading this shoot was? 

    • onetinkerbell

      Looks like the stylist was having a flashback to Blondie circa 1982:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Blondie_-_War_Child.jpg

    • http://twitter.com/mookiepars2 Michael Parsons

      This is awesome!  She is promoting a film where she plays white trash.  Woman in her 40′s being sexy for a themed photo shoot gets called ‘desperate’ and ‘too mature’ – Typical.

    • Mylynka

      Is this part of the poledance for the new movie she is in playing some sexed up older woman who pees on Zac Efron… oh hell, what is it called… must. do. internet. search…

      The Paperboy, that’s it!  http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3565136640/nm0000173

    • http://twitter.com/anywhoo Leigh David

       That was my first reaction, too.

    • LocMama

      I have to find myself some sequined panties, STAT!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bodi-Sattva/100003175612279 Bodi Sattva

      A commenter in the MEW thread mentioned the Leeloo outfit in Fifth Element.  I’m reminded of Pris in Blade Runner with Nicole’s hair and makeup here.

    • http://angryfemur.tumblr.com Andrea Lane

      Olivia Newton John called: she wants her hair back.

    • littlemac8

      Why would anyone think that’s her hair?  I assumed it is a wig!  TACKY TACKY TACKY all around.  I can’t believe she has her ass hanging out on the cover!  UGH

    • EliseC

      Yup, thanks for pointing this out: ”
      Oh, what are we saying? OF COURSE a male Oscar winner in his 40s would NEVER even be asked to do something like that, let alone agree to it.”

    • http://www.facebook.com/rita.brookoff Rita Brookoff

      she looks like Charlize Theron and Hollywood is the saddest place…she is part of the problem…she lost her way a long time ago

    • mhleta

      Your assessment is well taken, but I take pleasure in this for the simplest reason that I’ve been waiting years for her to wear her hair loose and loopy with bangs. Big improvement over the pinned back straightened-within-an-inch-of-its-life hair with the seven finger forehead we usually get from her. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/dar.orr Darlene Orr

      Can we say Middle Life Crisis?