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Celebrity Stripping: Today, Posh. Tomorrow, Waller

4 June 2005

In these times of instability and uncertainty, it's reassuring to know that certain things remain constant, not least the ability of celebrities to strip off to raise their fading public profile.

We at TFT are still undergoing deep psychotherapy after seeing the ‘tasteful' nudie pic of Fern Britton some years back. Slightly less traumatic but equally pathetic was the recent nude picture of Posh Spice.

With a ‘saucy' smile Posh is pictured wearing only her upmarket chav jewellery and holding a strategically placed pair of Jimmy Choo stilettos. Unfortunately, despite actually being very attractive (if you like that sort of thing), Posh is so over-exposed that it's about as erotic as a statue of Saddam Hussein.

And of course this nudie shoot is a fine and wonderful thing because it's all in aid of - you guessed it - charity. Of course, it would have been easier for Posh to simply give some of her millions directly TO charity, but then of course she wouldn't have been all over the papers.

Celebrities getting naked is now as familiar a career option as models having a crack at acting (and thank God they do, or we might never have been given such cinematic treats as Species, The Fifth Element and Mad Dogs and Englishmen). Abi Titmuss appears to have based a whole career on tacky photoshoots in lads' magazines, and many others have desperately tried stripping off in one form or another: the Corrie babes, Kate ‘Tragic' Lawler, Liberty X and many others teetering on the brink of obscurity. Even Esther Rantzen recently showed off her legs in stockings and a tight bodice, something so unspeakably wrong and against everything decent that it made Fred and Rose West look like The Gambols.

It's unlikely that stripping off is going to lose popularity amongst celebs, especially those whose careers have hit the skids. We can only speculate about what further horrors lie in store...

Eamonn Holmes. After realising that quitting GMTV was the worst career decision of his life, a desperate Holmes poses naked for Saga magazine.

Adam Hart-Davis. Rapidly running out of historical peoples who did things for us, the TV historian is forced to posed for Attitude in an attempt to build a gay following. Hart-Davis is pictured reclined on a Spinning Jenny, legs splayed, with a saucy look on his face as he simulates oral sex with a bobbin.

Rik Waller poses naked for Totally Debased Pervert magazine.

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