ByVaria Fedko-Blake, writer at
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Varia Fedko-Blake

Celebrities are no strangers to inciting hysteria by lending their faces to magazine covers, billboards and photography books.

From bold good-girl-gone-bad statements, to images of female empowerment and sexual freedom, to merely Helena Bonham Carter straddling a giant tuna for a good cause, the following famous photo shoots have withstood the test of time, remaining just as memorable today as they were when they were first published.

Take a look at which ones are worth remembering:

1. Britney Spears

When Britney shed her Catholic school girl image and appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in 1999, the world's eyeballs almost popped out.

Wearing nothing but her underwear, she proved that she was not that innocent by shoving the music industry (and probably Justin Timberlake!) the middle finger.

2. Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian's attempts to "break the internet" almost succeeded when she took things to a whole new level by flashing her bare, over-oiled behind for a 2014 Paper magazine issue cover.

For the entire year, the cover was basically all anyone could talk about.

3. Helena Bonham Carter

Remember that time Helena Bonham Carter straddled a tuna in support of Blue Marine Foundation? Yeah, that happened.

4. Amy Schumer

The famous Pirelli calendar in 2016 is set to break stereotypes and traditions in its depiction of beautiful women next year. For decades, photographs depicted nude or barely clothed pin-up girls, but this year's ladies have gone even further by doing just that plus also re-inventing the image of the what a powerful 21st century woman really looks like.

In particular, the above image of Amy Schumer looking sensational and incredibly comfortable in her own skin sent shockwaves through the world.

5. Miley Cyrus

Terry Richardson is already a controversial photographer so when he was paired with one of the most controversial music artists in recent years, it's understandable that sparks flew.

Exposing a mostly nude Miley engaging in all types of activities, including getting rather close to a giant black dildo, the photoshoot certainly achieved two things; for starters, it proved to us that Cyrus did not hold back when it came to self-expression, but also that no matter what anyone might think, there's nothing terrifying in a woman who is sexually aware. Even if she's paired with a cock of mind-boggling proportions.

6. Demi Moore

When she was seven months pregnant with her daughter Scout, Annie Leibovitz snapped some culture-jolting images of Demi Moore for the 1991 cover of Vanity Fair.

Shutting out those critics who viewed the naked female body as grotesque or obscene, Demi's images were bursting with life and beauty -- a true symbol of relentless female empowerment.

7. Kanye West

When Kanye decided to confirm that he was Yeezus by actually dressing up like Jesus in 2006, he proved he had a more than healthy ego.

Understandably, the shoot also rubbed quite a big number of people the wrong way.

8. Caitlyn Jenner

Caitlyn Jenner finally unveiled herself in perhaps what is one of the most iconic magazine covers in recent history, encouraging the world to move towards acceptance of gender transition and re-evaluate what it really means to be male and female.

Here's a video of the transgender Olympian speaking about the monumental images:

9. Madonna

Back in 1992, Madge published a coffee table book that would probably give my prudish grandmother a heart attack if she ever saw it. Bluntly called 'Sex,' it exposed erotic photos of the pop queen with complete command over her own body.

Naturally, the soft-core pornographic book was deemed far too risqué by conservative audiences, but also spearheaded the way for bolder, post-feminist works to emerge with more confidence.

To this day, 'Sex' remains one of the best and fastest-selling coffee table books of all time.

10. Grace Jones

Grace Jones's work with photographer Jean-Paul Goude caused an uproar back in the day (remember the infamous cafe photograph that was seen as so "degrading to women?")

However, you can't argue that the iconic, animalistic images got us all talking and yearning for more acknowledgement of fierce and sexually confident women.



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