The singer of Titanic‘s iconic My Heart Will Go On has stripped bare in between outfit changes for Vogue magazine.
Canadian songstress Celine Dion divided fans by posing nude at the age of 49.
Apparently unedited, she is pictured entirely nude while on a chair resting her left hand on her cheek and covering her bare torso with her arms and legs.
“Here’s a little naked fact to ponder while Celine Dion changes looks between shows,” the caption on the magazine’s Instagram post read.
“For the past five years she has worn haute couture near exclusively for her own performances.”
Here's a little naked fact to ponder while Celine Dion changes looks between shows: for the past five years she has worn haute couture near exclusively for her own performances (in Las Vegas and on her current "mini-tour" of Europe). She performs a minimum two hours a night, five or six nights a week, dancing and curtseying and generally gesticulating sans abandon, in handmade, hand-beaded delicacies designed solely to walk a catwalk or a carpet (and often with handlers). For Celine's orders, the houses send teams to Nevada for typically three fittings, before the garments are ultimately finished in her local, private atelier. Armani Prive, Schiaparelli, Giambattista Valli, Versace…only a partial list. Everyone, basically. In Vegas, Velcro panels are added to allow for her ribcage to expand or for a quick outfit change. Micro straps of elasticized chiffon prevent a slit from becoming a sloppy situation mid-squat. Shoes—always heels, never platforms—are ordered one size smaller (she is normally a 38) and refitted with metal shanks. Says Celine, "We have to make haute couture industrial." And, more enigmatically: "The clothes follow me; I do not follow the clothes." Which is to say: the haute couture, with all its fragility and handcraft, has to perform professionally for Ms. Dion. And privately as well. Years ago, Celine bought a classic little black dress from the Christian Dior atelier when the house was overseen by John Galliano. It is simple, falling to mid calf, and narrow as can be with just a hint of stretch. It requires a minimum of jewelry, a statement bracelet or perhaps one of the major diamond rings she designed with her late husband Rene Angelil: two pear cuts set in a wide pave band, or two hearts of diamond and emerald abstractly interlocking, on a cushion of yet more diamonds. This LBD forces you to walk one foot in front of the other. This is a dress Celine knows well and clearly loves, the simplest evocation of the private luxury of couture and the total antithesis of the red carpet hoopla that attends the union of fashion and celebrity. It is also the dress she wore to Rene's funeral. #CelineTakesCouture Photo by @sophfei.
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Some defended Dion’s shoot as artistic, saying she looked “flawless” and showed “overwhelming beauty and strength”, while others disapproved of the middle-aged singer’s need to strip off.
Some posed the question, “Why?” and expressed an unimpressed “Yawn”.
“That’s what people do for fame trying to stay in the spotlight,” one fan wrote on Facebook.
“Too old for this. Respect yourself!” another said.
The barely-there moment comes after a string of public appearances where Dion has worn outrageous, sometimes revealing outfits, raising questions as to whether there may be new music on the way.
Dion released her last album, a French-language album titled Encore un soir, in August 2016.
The singer returned to the spotlight shortly after the death of her husband René Angélil, in January 2016.
“I will probably grieve for the rest of my life,” she said of the loss in an interview earlier this year.
Her nude shots have appeared a week after pregnant tennis champion Serena Williams posed naked for the cover of Vanity Fair.