Model Miranda Kerr appears naked and very pregnant in the December issue of W magazine. The fact that it hardly seems newsworthy, however, is significant in and of itself: Over time, images like this have gone from being taboo to openly celebrated. And that's a beautiful thing, writes Tracy Clark-Flory at Salon. Recall that Demi Moore's 1991 Vanity Fair cover was banned from newsstands or covered like a porn magazine.
Since then, a litany of female stars (and some non-stars) have followed as attitudes softened. Kerr's pose, compared to Demi's, reflects the new openness. She "lovingly embraces her belly and makes no pretense of covering up," writes Flory. Yeah, we live in a world prone to oversharing. "But if ever there was something worth documenting and sharing with the world, this—the complete and total transformation of a woman's body as she brings a mini person into the world—would be it." Click here for the full column.