This Naked Photo Of Kristen Bell Will Earn Your Respect, But Not For The Reason You Think

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Let me apologize right up top for that extremely Upworthy-ish headline. It's just that I didn't want you to think I was the kind of caveperson who saw a naked photo of Kristen Bell and was like, ah yes, finally a woman has taken her clothes off, and now I can respect her. YES NUDE ME LIKE.

In fact, it's exactly the opposite. Kristen was featured in Allure Magazine's ‘Nudes' issue, which is apparently a thing, and the way that she presents her naked body is pretty great. Where other celebrities in the same issue were all about the sexiness, like Jenna Dewan-Tatum lying oiled-up in a strategically-placed puddle that barely covers her parts, Kristen's pose is much more matter-of-fact. She's facing her body away from the camera, her face looking straight into the lens. She's naked, but it's not about the nudity, y'know?

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Just…naked. Not sexy naked, or provocative naked or come-hither naked, either. Just didn't happen to put clothes on today and doesn't mind you looking at her body because it ain't no thing naked. And she has a great reason for it:

“I talk a big game about being comfortable in my skin. I wanted to put my money where my mouth was.”

And I'm so glad she did! Like she says, she's made a big point of this in previous interviews, for example, one that she gave to Redbook last September about getting back to work before losing all her baby weight, and without stressing about it:

“Look, I'm like any other woman. All this evolved BS that I'm telling you is my mantra: It's not something I practice naturally. I had to surrender to not worrying about the way I looked, how much I weighed, because that's just part of the journey of having a baby. I am not a woman whose self-worth comes from her dress size.”

Preeeeeach, girl. Preach. And to stand behind those thoughts in this naked portrait is even better, especially because it hasn't been Photoshopped beyond belief. You can see the natural lines of Kristen's body, even the little ones around her stomach where it barely pooches into her leg that I'm betting other publications would've been tempted to erase. I just love the whole damn thing. Good for you, Kristen.

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Oh and it should be noted that I think Kristen's body is absolutely beautiful and incredible and I'm super jealous of the results of all her hard work — I'm just also aware that that's not really what's important. Which is great, because it seems like she's aware of that, too!

(Photo: Carter Smith for Allure Magazine)