As previously reported, singer Jill Scott and actress Gabrielle Union, are the newest Brown Sistas to pose for Allure Magazine’s annual “Go Naked” issue. Allure editor Linda Wells says their hugely popular feature is not meant to objectify women, but rather to celebrate women and various shapes of the female body. And it appears many Hollywood women are in agreement as Jill and Gabrielle join a long list of Brown Sistas who have also taken it off for the magazine, including Vanessa Williams, Serena Williams, and Kelly Rowland.
On posing for the “Go Naked” issue:
Gabrielle Union: “I worked my ass off for this shoot,” says Union. “I’ve always been athletic, but I stepped it up for this. I ran up and down stadium stairs and went hiking. I’m cool with being naked, but I wanted to push myself.” When the big day came, Union felt good about her toned body -especially her arms. At the shoot, however, the star of the comedy “Starship Dave” wasn’t thinking about any of her body parts: “My Ipod was hooked up to the studio speakers, and I was paranoid that someone was going to think my playlist was weird – it has everything from show tunes to rap. But that’s typical Gaby. I’m naked up there, and I’m worrying about my music.”
Jill Scott: Scott’s reaction to the idea of disrobing: “No, Naked? You mean ‘naked’ naked? No Way,” she says. “It was a frightening concept, and I had to be convinced.” At the shoot, the Grammy Award-winning singer and star of the upcoming movie and TV series, “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” (she plays the full-figured Mama Ramostwe) was apprehensive. “I didn’t sleep the night before. I love to be naked when it’s just me at home, but I had no idea what it would be like to take my clothes off for the camera,” she says. Turns out, “it took a lot of stand there naked in front of strangers and try to be comfortable and carefree. But I did it – and I’d do it again.” As for the picture, “I’m blowing it up and putting it in my house,” she says. “Just not where the cable guy can see it.”