In the May issue of Allure, Keri Hilson is baring it all. Well, sort of.

Allure’s annual Naked issue, which features celebrities striped down, features the ATL singer-songwriter posing nude. Laying out on a hot white couch, Keri strikes her best pose, looking both sexy and tasteful at the same time.

In her interview with the magazine, Keri spilled on the difficulties that came with making the transition from behind the scenes to being up front as an R&B star.

“The transition to being in front of the camera was very, very difficult. Everyone has their idea of what you should look like. ‘You need to get into the gym.’ ‘You need to wear less clothes.’ ‘Wear dresses and skirts.’ ‘Put a weave in.’ ‘Cut your hair.’ ‘Color your hair.’ There are so many ways that others tug at you.”

Keri said the shoot was a chance to get from behind a mask and show her true self. In her interview with Allure, the singer said:

“We do a lot of things to seek validation: I have to get more expensive handbags or fake lashes or fake boobs. This shoot was about dropping all that.”

This year, Keri is joined by Ashley Tisdale, Bridget Moynahan, and Kaley Cuoco, who all stripped down for the Naked issue as well. Past stars including Gabrielle Union and Jill Scott have posed for the issue as well.

While meant to show women stripped down and personal, the Naked issue is catching criticism for enhancing the nude photos of the celebs. There is not a blemish, not a stray hair in any of the photos. By ensuring that the celebs are completely blemish free, has Allure undermined their goal of embracing the female figure, flaws and all?

What do you think Clutchettes? Share your thoughts!

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  • Me27

    I have to agree that is seems a little phony to say that this issue is meant to help women embrace themselves (flaws and all) and then turn around and photoshop the pics. Unfortunately, that is the way of the magazine world….no one’s photo is unedited. BUT This is something I think most people know…so I think it’s crazy that any everyday magazine-buying woman would even buy this issue assuming it wasn’t photoshopped…

  • African Mami

    Why would any woman worth her salt look into a magazine to embrace her inner self?!

    Isn’t it obvious the pictures are aesthetically enhanced?!

  • kay

    Keri Hilson exemplifies trying to hard. SMH.

    (Yes, I am guilty of spewing ad hominem attacks instead of addressing the question. Lol.)

  • Just my thoughts!!!

    It seems like the writers of clutch don’t care very much for Keri Hilson! i do recall jill scott and many others posing for this and you know if Jill did it that shit was definitely photo shopped and although i get the overall point of this it still seems as though everything Keri says or does is up for ridicule. And anybody that is silly enough to look into a magazine an allow it to shape the way you feel about yourself needs to do some serious inner searching especially at this point of knowing what we know now because for a while we didn’t realize that the media creates images of unattainable beauty for us to aspire to, but now that we know this it is our job to weed through the bullshit and to get to our daughters before they do because believe it or not these types of things are far from going away.

  • chanela

    im not understanding why women are always naked or half naked in sexual poses in women’s magazines int he first place. they say its to show women they are “letting go of insecurities” yet they are still photoshopped as hell and caked with makeup.

    seroiusly though whats up with me opening my magazines and thinking i accidently picked up maxim,playboy or king instead of cosmopolitan or women’s health? you dont see men in maxim with their penises and testicals hanging out so why do men and women’s magazines basically look the same? why are they NEVER any naked or half naked men in women’s magazines (besides when they have ONE issue a year about men) whats up with that?