Sienna Miller’s nude pregnant portrait: is anyone offended?

Nov 7, 2012

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”.

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So, the story is that it's not a story?

The nude pregnant woman? It has been done so often. Sienna needs to try something that no one has done before. But I don't think that she is an orginal.

yuk!! hardly beautiful!! not offensive but not worth looking at as millions of women have looked like that since time began

"the human body in its most naturally beautiful state" ??!! These artists are crazy...


The only thing shocking, is how ugly she looks without all the make up, posh frocks and air brushed photos. It makes me shudder to think I fancied her.

...I can hardly contain my indifference.

So beautiful, is this portrait, and motherhood, that a hormone pops into my brain making me desire to protect and nurture a pregnant female! At 66, I am pleased to be alive to do so.

The human body is amazing, and natural. Now, my mathematical cortex is wondering at the tiled motif, and
absolutely entrigued by the pattern!

I've seen more beautiful porn stars

The pregnant form is beautiful. Some of these guys sound like they are in denial. It's what happens. It's called life.

It's been done to death. Frankly I'm glad that the attention seeking artist did not get the reaction he had expected.

If you cover her head she looks like a crap alien from Star Wars.

nude naked women are nothing, nude naked pregnant dudes please

I am shocked and appalled at the nude prego, who ever she is, getting in the way of that beautiful tapestry behind her.

A pregnant woman is one of the most beautiful things a person can see

something is wrong with the women nowadays...