Sienna Miller’s nude pregnant portrait: is anyone offended?
Jonathan Yeo’s portrait has failed to provoke the public shock he was preparing himself for
ACTRESS Sienna Miller has followed in the footsteps of stars such as Demi Moore, Britney Spears and Kate Moss by posing for a nude portrait whilst pregnant. But the artist, Jonathan Yeo, has failed to provoke the storm of controversy he expected, with the painting deemed so inoffensive it appeared on the front page of London’s commuter newspaper, the Evening Standard.
Miller sat for Yeo in July, just weeks before she gave birth to her and fiancé Tom Sturridge’s daughter Marlowe, The Independent reports. It is one of a series of portraits of the actress and will be shown at Yeo's (I've Got You) Under My Skin exhibition at the Circle Culture Gallery in Berlin.
"It made sense to me to unveil this image for the first time in Germany,” he said, “a country with a very relaxed attitude to nudity, where it is not automatically sexualised or deemed scandalous.”
Yeo, who once created a collage portrait of George W. Bush from pornographic magazines, said his painting of Miller "epitomised the human body in its most naturally beautiful state".
He paid tribute to the actress’s “courage” in sitting for the portrait, observing that many celebrities would “prefer to hide themselves away for nine months". He added that “certain sections of society are still uncomfortable with the appearance of pregnancy and images of naked and expectant mothers are rarely seen".
The Daily Telegraph’s Lucy Davies agrees, saying the portrait “will no doubt unleash as much a ballyhoo as Demi Moore’s infamous appearance on the cover of Vanity Fair almost a quarter of a century ago”.
But are we really so shocked by images of nude pregnant women in 2012? After all, the list of women who have followed in Moore’s footsteps is considerable: Jerry Hall, Kate Moss, Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Cindy Crawford, Brooke Shields and Claudia Schiffer, for starters.
Today, what reaction to the painting there is on Twitter has centered on whether Miller was really "courageous" to pose nude. Others have called the picture “truly beautiful”.