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A detail of Jonathan Yeo’s painting of a naked Sienna Miller. (www.jonathanyeo.com)
A detail of Jonathan Yeo’s painting of a naked Sienna Miller. (www.jonathanyeo.com)

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A portrait of Sienna Miller, pregnant and nude Add to ...

Sienna Miller usually is described as an actress. But so far her fame has rested less on her film work (she was great in G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra, wasn’t she?) than on the circumstances of her tabloid-tabulated life, most famously her on-again/now-very-much-off romance with Jude Law and the testimony she gave last year at the inquiry into the British newspaper phone-hacking scandal.

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She is back in the papers this week, but, true to form, it’s for her form, not her performance – in this instance, a nude portrait British painter Jonathan Yeo did of her last summer just before she gave birth to her first child, a girl.

The painting is part of a Yeo show going up in Berlin on Thursday, but somehow the British tabs got an advance peek of the starkers Sienna and they’re running with it – to the expected sensational effect.

Of course, who’s going to complain about something as natural as a lovely lass in the final glow of her pregnancy? In the words of one commentator, “Imminent motherhood has become the respectable garb for artistic representations of naked women … the modern fig leaf.”

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