As celebrities go, I find Jennifer Aniston very likeable. She's cute, warm, talented, and seems approachable, probably due in part to her romantic tribulations.
After seeing her latest GQ photos, however, I'm wondering why she needed to take off that many clothes.
Don't get me wrong; the photos are gorgeous and she looks amazing. But the same was true with her recent Vogue spread where she wore more than just an accessory.
I'm bemused by the motivation for the photos. The timing suggests that she did them to promote her new movie; certainly they will generate a lot of press.
Still, opening the kimono -- literally -- like this strikes me as odd, especially from someone who has complained so loudly about the public's interest in her personal life. "Leave me alone," she seems to say, "but first, would you like to see my boobies? How about with your kids in the checkout line?"
Something's different with these pictures, and I'm wondering about the subtext. Is it, "Almost forty, but still fabulous!" or "Cast me! I'm still desirable," or perhaps "How are those stretch marks working for you, Angelina?"
Michael Phelps' and his new girlfriend, Caz Pal, recently received a lot of press/grief for her practically topless photos. After seeing Aniston's pictures, I'm wondering how their photographic choices are different. Both were seeking personal attention and professional advancement from taking their clothes off. Apparently it's only ok to take racy pics if you are an American icon, not if you're dating one.
I'm not generally offended by nudity. I have no problem with public nudity that serves an artistic purpose, and nudity certainly has plenty to offer in a private setting. I do, however, appreciate a little discretion; take pictures of yourself wearing only a tie if you like, but don't do it on the cover of a national magazine that's sold in front of the drugstore counter.
Ironically, I thought that Brad Pitt's recent pictures in W magazine were stunning. He took partially nude photos of Angelina Jolie that were richly layered, expressive, and artistic. The pictures revealed his surprising talent as a photographer and told touchingly intimate stories about their lives. Compared to those, Aniston's GQ photos feel out of character for her -- cheap and vaguely desperate.
Then again, if I looked like that, I would probably want my nekked picture all over the newstand. Hopefully I would at least pick a cuter tie.
You tell me, am I overreacting?