Today, the blogosphere is buzzing about the undressed celebs in our story “The Naked Truth,” featured in *Allure’*s May issue, so we decided to share some of the inside scoop on the photos of Padma Lakshmi, Eliza Dushku, Chelsea Handler, Sharon Leal, and Lynn Collins. Our creative director, Paul Cavaco, found inspiration in 1960s Playboy, where he said the women really looked luscious, curvy, and well, like women. With that in mind, all five of the celebrities were fine with getting naked (as opposed to a few years ago when Sandra Oh freaked last minute and showed up to the set with a humungous box of orchids she hoped we’d use to cover her body), knowing there are some things we won’t show, obviously. But again, the group was pretty comfy; unlike years past when certain stars have downed mimosas and even a margarita, no one requested liquid courage this time.
At the photo studio, Cavaco had them take off all their clothes—bras, undies, socks, the works—and slip into a robe as soon as they walked in the door. His reason: so there wouldn’t be any indentations on their skin when the actual shoot started. And all of that bared flesh was sans makeup, save for some oil for added shine. And Cavaco has another trick up his sleeve: He never, ever styles the women with shoes on because it can look cheap (lad mags, we’re talking to you). The end results: they look amazing. See for yourself here.