Posing nude is a normal and, often, extremely empowering part of modeling. Everyone from Ashley Graham to Laverne Cox has stripped down on set for the occasional tasteful nude. Despite this, however, and despite the fact that there’s nothing wrong with nudity, people aren’t sure how to feel about Bella and Gigi Hadid‘s latest photo shoot — in which the two sisters pose very close together, sans clothing, for the March 2018 issue of British Vogue.
The magazine shared the shot on social media on Monday. “As the fashion industry’s most in-demand sisters, we’re more familiar seeing @gigihadid and @bellahadid apart than together. However, the sisters unite for the March 2018 issue of #NewVogue, on newsstands February 2. Photographed by #StevenMeisel, styled by #JoeMcKenna,” they wrote. In the black-and-white photo, Bella and Gigi sit across from each other with their legs intertwined and their knees and elbows strategically placed so as not to #FreeTheNipple.
Almost immediately, the Internet split in half over whether the photo in question was cute or creepy, and whether Bella and Gigi’s being sisters makes the whole thing more normal or vaguely incestuous. “The Bella and Gigi Hadid Vogue photo is beyond weird. Who thought that was normal to get in that position with your sibling naked?” one person tweeted. Another, from the opposite camp, wrote, “For those saying it’s creepy that Bella and Gigi are posing naked for Vogue? They’re sisters, of course they’ve seen each other naked, and posing nude is something most models do. Y’all gotta grow up.”
Earlier on Monday, Vogue U.K. shared the sisters’ (fully clothed) dual covers, also shot by Steven Meisel, in which they each wear the same gold one-shoulder Versace chainmail gown. Inside the issue, Gigi opened up about growing up alongside her little sister in the spotlight. “She’s one of the only people I’ll get aggressive for,” she said of Bella. “She makes me so proud. I would do anything for her.”
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