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The Most Controversial Magazine Covers of All Time

Vanity Fair, August 1991: Demi Moore, Pregnant and Nude This cover was shot by celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz and was decried as shameful and disgusting when it was released. Some stores sent back the issue, or only sold it with a brown paper covering the “offensive” image. It has spawned countless celebrity nude pregnancy shots done in the same fashion, and helped to launch Demi Moore’s career into the stratosphere.

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Annie Leibovitz with her famous portrait of a pregnant Demi Moore. Photograph: KPA/Zuma/Rex Features

Ever since a heavily pregnant Demi Moore posed on the front cover of Vanity Fair magazine in all her big bump glory, women have been searching for new ways to celebrate their pregnancy.