Fashion and nudity are hardly strangers to one another. If you take the well-known quote, fashion is all about eventually becoming naked, then you might even say that nudity is the ying to fashion’s yang.

But the question is often less about if a model should take the nudity leap, and more about when – and above all how. For a model like Karlie Kloss – a model who has dominated the runways and magazine pages from a very young age – it’s a studied question. We follow such models. We see them grow up. We need to be ready to take the leap just as they do.

Mario Testino’s recent foray into shooting Kloss was sexualised and underwhelming, and we wondered what would come next. Thankfully, this is it.

karlie kloss nude shoot

Click the thumbnails for full pictures:
Karlie Kloss: Vogue Italia, December '11 (NSFW)
Karlie Kloss: Vogue Italia, December '11 (NSFW)
Karlie Kloss: Vogue Italia, December '11 (NSFW)
Karlie Kloss: Vogue Italia, December '11 (NSFW)
Karlie Kloss: Vogue Italia, December '11 (NSFW)
Karlie Kloss: Vogue Italia, December '11 (NSFW)
Karlie Kloss: Vogue Italia, December '11 (NSFW)
Karlie Kloss: Vogue Italia, December '11 (NSFW)
Karlie Kloss: Vogue Italia, December '11 (NSFW)
Karlie Kloss: Vogue Italia, December '11 (NSFW)
Karlie Kloss: Vogue Italia, December '11 (NSFW)
Karlie Kloss: Vogue Italia, December '11 (NSFW)
Karlie Kloss: Vogue Italia, December '11 (NSFW)
Karlie Kloss: Vogue Italia, December '11 (NSFW)
Karlie Kloss: Vogue Italia, December '11 (NSFW)
Karlie Kloss: Vogue Italia, December '11 (NSFW)

In contrast to Testino’s glamour shots of Karlie there’s nothing lad’s mag about these images for Vogue Italia. They’re the body beautiful. They’re infused with a vintage elegance. They show Kloss as lean, lithe, incredibly fit and naturally, awe-inspiringly beautiful. I might use the words unimaginably perfect were I not too busy trying to stay afloat in my own green pool of envy. That’s the power of these images.

In Steven Meisel’s sporty, elegant shoot there’s nothing to detract from Kloss’ wholesome image – except to say that she’s rather more grown up. And she’s not afraid to show it.

Click on the thumbnails above to view the full shoot of Karlie Kloss from the December 2011 issue of Vogue Italia.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.