Who needs a bra, when you have hands?
You don't need to be Playboy to feature nudity on a cover. Men's and women's magazines alike have learned how to turn R-rated photo shoots into PG-13 perfection by using what has been dubbed the 'hand bra' -- the strategic placement of said appendages over one's privates.
In a skit for Funny or Die, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness week, Rebecca Romijn modeled her handbra, showing off how she's perfected the look over the years.
After her VMA performance and her "Wrecking Ball" video, a hand bra seems down right wholesome on Miley.
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Will Ferrell proved in the 1999 "Saturday Night Live" skit called "Holding Your Own Boobs Magazine" that hand bras are not only sexy, they're funny too.
Lady Gaga is the only celebrity to figure out how to do the hand bra and keep her hands free at the same time, as she does here in her video for "Applause."
Yet another reason she's better than Madonna.
The "Star Trek Into the Darkness" actress loses her top for a sexy shoot for allure.
The "Ted" star proves why she is the 'Sexiest Woman Alive' according to Esquire magazine for the Nov. 2012 issue.
Elle, who appeared in Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" video, told Fox 411 she was "appalled" by Miley Cyrus' raunchy VMA performance, but she's not above a good hand bra shot. Apparently there's a fine line, but not a blurred one, between sexy and slutty.
Beyonce's bestie and former Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland used her hands to cover up her chest for the Aug./Sept. 2011 cover of Vibe.
The eclectic star is known for wearing very little when she performs. So it was not a big surprise when she went nude for the cover of her hit song "Alejandro" (2010).
Gwyneth Paltrow showed off her hand-bra chops in the August 2011 issue of Vanity Fair.
(Also, the girl needs a hamburger!)
(Photo: Mark Seliger.)
Nothing says "smells good" like a sexy woman. The ad execs at Dolce & Gabbana clearly know that.
The songstress can go from rainbow bright to sexy dominatrix at the drop of a hat.
The former "Friends" star shed her top for a Smart Warter ad campaign that launched in June.
The "Mad Men" actress would make her '60s conservative persona from the show blush with these images.
Denise Richards' 1998 Details magazine cover was one of the subjects of the "SNL" handbra spoof.
Do you think this is the handbra that piqued future husband Charlie Sheen's interest?
Stranger things have happened. (And with Sheen, keep happening.)
Demi Moore's iconic Vanity Fair cover made her the mother of the pregnant handbra shot.
A few years later, she became Ashton Kutcher's mother.
Supermodel Cindy Crawford soon copied Demi Moore.
Just like a supermodel.
A decade later, Mariah Carey tried to copy both Demi Moore and Cindy Crawford's pregnant handbra look.
Perhaps it was because her husband provided the hands.
And there were 43 other photos and 167 lines up type on the OK! cover.
The handbra doesn't just sell covers. It also sells perfume!
Handbras are also a universal language, as proved by this Heidi Klum pose for Russian GQ.
Aniston used all of her limbs and a well-placed striped tie to make this GQ cover newsstand-friendly.
Is Johnny Depp's French baby mama saluting the flag?
The Pussycat Doll lets her arm do the hiding.
The Brazilian beauty got famous for modeling real bras for Victoria's Secret. But now it looks like she doesn't need them anymore.
The sex tape star keeps it family friendly on Vanity Fair.
Even squeaky clean Anne Hathaway has employed the handbra, and on an entertainment magazine no less!
From Playboy, you expect handbras.
Keyshia looks kind of mad.
Handbras are an occupational necessity if you are a fashion model.
Women's magazines use handbra cover shots almost as much as men's magazines do.
Gaga has never been the modest type.
Alba is a handbra pro, employing them in just about every shoot she does.
Fox has been trying to tone down her image recently, so handbras may be a thing of the past for her.
Okay, does GQ ever run a cover that doesn't feature a handbra?
See what we mean? Sheesh!
Biel's handbra is barely there. The actress later said she regretted doing this cover.
Maxim may have invented the modern handbra.
And in Janet Jackson's famous variation on the handbra, the hands are somebody else's.