"The body is meant to be seen, not all covered up."What might be called Out-of-Character Fanservice: when a person, usually female, poses for photographs, a painting or a sculpture scantily clad or even naked. To avoid being filled with Truth in Television examples that number into the several millions, include a lot of celebrities of both genders, go back literally thousands of years and are the specialty of enough magazines to fill a small newsagent, we are going to limit this to fictional examples. These are cases where a character does it, for whatever reasons. Another part of this trope is the photographer, who often says things like, "Work it, baby," and, "The camera loves you!" See also I Was Young and Needed the Money for when this is part of a character's past. Might be a way of rebelling against Contractual Purity or going for a Hotter and Sexier image.
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- In an early Ah! My Goddess chapter, Keichii and Belldandy end up modeling for Sayoko's art club. The thing that Keichii considers the worst part of the job is that Belldandy is modeling naked and he can't see anything from his pose. Sayoko's hopes of embarrassing Belldandy with this job is thwarted twice over. First, Belldandy isn't bothered by the request to pose naked in front a group of total strangers (having little understanding of human social conventions at this point in time). Second, when Sayoko displays the paintings that the various members of the club produced around campus, she finds that for some inexplicable (to her) reason, all of the paintings they produced ended up being of subjects other than Keichii and Belldandy.
- In her human identity (Non-Senkawa), this is Birdy's way of making ends meet.
- Although done innocently enough and fully clothed, Rika in Digimon Tamers is made to pose for a photographer by her mother and ends up running out of the room after becoming upset with the procedure. Given that the photographer (in the English dub) was yelling things like, "Yes! Use that face like you're kissing your boyfriend!" her discomfort is understandable.
- Completely and utterly inverted in Esper Mami — Mami's father is a painter specializing in nude figure painting, and Mami is his favorite subject, something she is not upset by in the least. Her house (and bedroom) are filled with nude paintings of her, something of which she isn't really embarrassed about. The main male lead, however, is embarrassed enough for the both of them. The trope is played more straight later on when she poses for an artist who isn't her father, however, and feels somewhat uncomfortable about it. Did we mention this is a kids show, Barbie Doll Anatomy, Scenery Censor and Nipple and Dimed are all fairly averted, and that Mami is a freshman in high school?
- Despite being one of the most violently uptight characters in Girls Bravo, during a photo shoot, Kirie is oddly into it, even to the point where she assists Koyomi in showing cleavage.
- In Hanaukyō Maid Tai, the main character is having an art lesson where the teacher very unexpectedly drops her clothes and poses with some fruit. This makes sense when you realize several of the teachers and students are covert members of said main character's Unwanted Harem of maids.
- Yoshinoya-sensei from Hidamari Sketch often dresses up in skimpy outfits when acting as a model for her students.
- In Kaguya Hime Akira frequently poses nude for her adopted mother to draw.
- As with nearly every other form of Fanservice, the anime Maicchingu Machiko Sensei plays with this trope:
- One episode showed the school art teacher painting Machiko. It's believed that he is painting her nude at first but we later find out that she was clothed for the session.
- Another episode had a pervy male teacher make a nude sculpture of Machiko, although she didn't pose for it.
- In yet another episode, her own students needed to raise money and talked her into stripping down to her underwear to take photos and send them into a magazine. One student tricks her into losing her bra and snaps a few photos of his own, which is the sort of thing that happened a lot in that show. By the way... kids' show!
- In Satoshi Kon's Perfect Blue, former pop idol Mima poses for a photographer who gradually convinces her to undress. Earlier in the film, she's explicitly warned that he might try to do this, but she falls for it anyway.
- Ranma ½:
- After an accident in which Ranma destroys Nabiki's concert tickets, he tries everything in his power to make it up to her. Seeing she's still despondent, he goes as far as turning female, wearing lingerie, and posing for photographs (Nabiki herself often snaps candid pictures of Ranma's female form, without his knowledge or consent, to sell at school). Ranma himself hates this sort of thing and hates wearing female garments even more. Only after coming out with several dozen rolls of film does Nabiki's mood begin to improve.
- Once, when Happōsai uses moxibustion to sap Ranma's strength, the latter retaliates by learning the Hiryū Shōten Ha technique, which requires the opponent to shed a hot, angry aura. Happōsai is wise to this, though, and refuses to show even the slightest anger. Ranma regroups, changes into a girl, and takes pictures of herself in lingerie — something Happōsai has always wanted to see — in order to get the Dirty Old Man to emit an even hotter aura of lust.
- In the Revolutionary Girl Utena movie, Anthy and Utena end up as partners for an art assignment and have to sketch each other. Anthy persuades the rather shy Utena to disrobe in a scene dripping with subtext, and when Utena asks Anthy to do the same, an important plot point in the movie is revealed.
- Sort of inverted in School Rumble where rumor goes around that one of the more well endowed teachers is posing nude for the art teacher to draw. When the gang of school perverts goes to see the art piece, it's so abstract you can't make anything out.
- In Slayers, a young(er) Lina Inverse once made a tidy profit by magically projecting an image of her older sister, Luna, bathing. Luna's retribution is one of the reasons Lina is now TERRIFIED UNTO DEATH by even the slightest mention of said sister.
- Tiger & Bunny's oft-lampshaded Mr. Fanservice Barnaby Brooks Jr. finds himself the subject of a swimsuit photo shoot in the fifteenth episode. Kotetsu gets to participate too, though not quite in the same way.
- In the Marvel Universe, candid shots of She-Hulk sunbathing topless are published in a sleazy men's magazine. She ends up being unable to get the negatives back but achieves a minor victory by wadding up the safe in which they are stored into a metal ball. And, then, the printer "color-corrects" the pictures.
- In Teen Titans, Mirage uses her illusion powers to disguise herself as Starfire and pose naked for a men's magazine. Starfire is not amused when she finds out.
- Uncanny X-Men: In the "Inferno" storyline, during a sequence where the X-Men are enjoying downtime at the X-Mansion, Psylocke, who never had any romantic relationship with Colossus, poses nude for him to draw her portrait.
Films — Live-Action
- La Belle Noiseuse features Emmanuelle Béart posing nude for a painter for four hours. It's not quite as fanservicey as that sounds since her character is rather reluctant and irritated after being pressured into posing.
- The Amazing Mrs Pritchard has the main character's daughter end up on a spread that gets projected onto the side of the Houses of Parliament (in reference to when FHM did the same thing with Gail Porter).
- In The Truth About Cats & Dogs, Uma Thurman's character gets outed as Playing Cyrano when the male character in the whole thing sees her as Miss January.
- Maybe the most famous example: Kate Winslet posing nude so that Leonardo DiCaprio can sketch her in Titanic.
Rose: I want you to draw me wearing this. [holds up a necklace]
Rose: Only this.
- Lampshaded in Airplane II: The Sequel, when Ted Stryker is painting a picture with his female model sitting topless, her shoulders draped, next to a vase with flowers. Stryker is painting the vase.
- Logan's Run has a deleted scene (the footage was unfortunately lost in the "Great MGM Purge", but some stills remain, and it's in the trailer) where Box has Logan and Jessica pose nude for an ice sculpture.
- A character in the ITV1 comedy-drama Honest is an aspiring model and posed for some for her portfolio. She also poses topless for a gossip magazine, but we don't see this. (Ironically, she was the only regular of the right age to do that sort of thing- Amanda Redman being somewhat too old and her sister being too young IC- that we didn't seen topless).
- Features in an episode of Airwolf.
- One episode of Hustle forces a member of the team to pose nude for painters. And it isn't Stacy; it's Albert.
- Green Wing has Martin Dear modeling for an art class in one episode. You don't see anything during the class, but the finished painting we see shows him in all his glory.
- At least two episodes of Baywatch revolved around female characters posing for magazines. Basically an(other) excuse for a Fanservice montage. As if they ever needed one!
- An episode of Boston Public had a young one-shot character who was berated for doing so, but they broke their Aesop by having this just-say-no speech delivered by Jeri Ryan, the producer-dating Ms. Fanservice of Voyager.
- On How I Met Your Mother, Barney discovers a nude portrait of Marshall that Lily had made and asks her to do one of him. She reluctantly agrees, but does get even with him by omitting "little Barney" from the painting.
- Gilmore Girls poked fun at the frequency of this happening in real life when Lorelai allowed Lane's band to practice in her garage only if she promised to "never pose naked on the cover of Rolling Stone no matter how much trouble your career is in."
- NCIS episode "Bikini Wax":
- A dead petty officer (who was participating in a bikini contest) is discovered to have taken part in a lingerie shoot for a magazine, getting a slap on the wrist for it by the U.S. Navy. When this is discovered, the woman who tells them volunteers to get the magazine for them, only for it to emerge that Tony has all the back issues of said magazine (his Porn Stash must be considerable, to say the least) anyway.
- Later in the episode, Tony and Kate go to see the photographer. As they enter the studio, Kate makes the standard feminist "it's demeaning to women" comment. They enter the studio- where three men in speedos are doing a shoot. Kate has a big grin on her face.
- At the end of the episode, Tony has gone to Panama City for spring break (he may well be 34/35 at this point, but he still acts like the fratboy he once was). Drunk, he gets up from the chair where he's just had booze poured down a funnel into his mouth. He walks over to a wall of pictures marked "Wet T-Shirt Hall of Fame" with Sexy Soaked Shirt stuff. Guess who's the 1994 entry...
- A perennial sitcom plot (going back at least as far as The Dick Van Dyke Show) deals with a female regular trying to recover and dispose of a nude portrait from her younger days. Usually Hand Waved by the claim that she posed in a swimsuit (or didn't pose at all) and the author worked from his imagination.
- On Life Goes On, the woman poses for the painting deliberately and, very unusually, it's shown on screen.
- A WKRP episode had Jennifer (and Andy) posing in swimsuits for a worthy cause - she later discovers the photographer covertly took nude photos of her in the changing room. Her friends pull a scam to get the film from the guy.
- A 2009 ITV drama, Whatever It Takes, focused on a woman who became a glamor model after her career as a police officer ended after she was caught having sex in a car with a footballer.
- Spoofed in The Soup, when Heidi Spencer-Pratt modeled for Playboy. They showed film supposedly of the actual photoshoot (but really a sketch) involving a mannequin modeling in a bikini, being knocked over by the fan blowing her hair in the wind, and the photographer desperately trying to rebuild her but ending up creating a Picasso-esque mess. And then he throws mud on it (as the actual photo showed her covered in mud). Of course, the entire time the photographer is yelling things like 'Oh Heidi, you plastic beauty!'
- Following losing her job on Foyle's resignation in Foyle's War, Samantha Stewart ends up working for an artist as a general helper, which ends up with some nude modeling for a piece destined for the National Gallery. This being a crime drama, the artist gets killed. It's embarrassing enough for Sam when the detectives start going through all his sketches to inventory them — she tries to stop them doing that. Then Foyle shows up and gets an eyeful of one of them. He's relatively un-fazed by an image of his former driver in her birthday suit but points out she does have a rather good motive for murder.
- In the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy", the holographic Doctor has added the ability to daydream to his program but finds that he is no longer able to control when he is daydreaming or not and is having trouble distinguishing daydreams from reality. B'Elana Torres downloads his daydreams into the holodeck in an attempt to diagnose the problem, and we find that in one of his daydreams the Doctor is an artist painting a naked Seven of Nine.
- One episode of All-American Girl involves a sculptor offering to create a nude statue of Margaret. Aware of her less-than-flattering figure, Margaret even tells him to "forget accurate — make me hot!"
- Done in Living Single, when Max poses nude for Regine's boyfriend Keith. Played completely for laughs, including a Between My Legs shot of Max showing the other characters reactions ("Max, you pierced your belly button!").
- In Bread, aspiring model Aveline had some topless shots taken by an unscrupulous photographer who sold them to a men's magazine. One of her brothers buys all of the copies of the magazine at the local newsagent so their mother doesn't see them.
- Parks and Recreation — for a city art exhibition, Jerry paints a large picture showing Leslie as a bare-breasted bow-and-arrow wielding centaur (though she didn't pose for it). This trope is averted some as Leslie is delighted with the picture, but a Moral Guardian demands for it to be destroyed — Tom Haverford shares the sentiment as he's depicted on it as a nude cherub.
- In Leverage, we discover that an unseen painting by a French master is in fact a nude of a young Sophie.
- It turns out not to be an example of the trope in the purest sense, but there's a lot of speculation on the part of the characters that it might be: An episode of Welcome Back, Kotter has Epstein paint a mural on the side of the school building. It turns out to be a nude woman with Mrs. Kotter's face (it goes around a corner, so all the camera ever sees is the face, which is clearly Julie). We also see various characters staring at the other part of the wall and audibly wondering if it's really her (no).
- In The Outer Limits (1995) episode "Bits of Love", Aiden talks the holographic character Emma into letting him paint her nude. Since she's a computer program, she literally freezes while doing so. The painting is a success, but Emma soon develops an individuality and becomes a Woman Scorned when Aiden won't return her feelings...
- In an episode of TV 101 a girl makes her Friend Zone friend take a picture of her nude in the boy's locker room for a journalism assignment, in order to be rebellious. The teacher simply notes that it's out of focus, off-center, and the picture is framed such that you can't tell she's in the boys locker room.
- An episode of Barney Miller has an older woman complaining about "filth" in the window of an art gallery, specifically a nude portrait. When the police basically tell her It's Not Porn, It's Art she takes matters into her own hands, throwing black ink on it. Turns out it was a portrait of herself in her younger days; she had posed nude for the artist/her lover, but he had promised her it was private.
- In the Hercules: The Legendary Journeys episode "If I Had A Hammer", Hercules reluctantly agrees to pose nude for several artists because the profits will go to an orphanage. Leads to hilarity like everybody getting Distracted by the Sexy and Herc gets irritated when he finds one artist only painted his head.
- In a sketch on The Benny Hill Show, Benny becomes a reluctant nude model for a sculptress. He watches her manipulate a piece of clay into a long round tube, feeling embarrassed but proud. Then she decides it's too big and takes off more and more of it, to his even greater embarrassment. Finally, we discover that she's sculpting one of his ears with that particular piece.
- In the Lois & Clark episode "The Ides of Metropolis", Jonathan Kent suspects Martha of infidelity. When Clark asks why he would think that, Jonathan reveals Martha went to a young artist and had him make a nude portrait of her. Clark's horrified look is priceless.
- Kate does this in Bomb Girls. This allows her abusive preacher father to find her and crack her Secret Identity.
- The Columbo episode "Suitable for Framing" has the lieutenant visiting a painter working with a nude model (despite painting a different subject), to Columbo's embarrassment.
- J Geils Band "Centerfold" is about a man who learns that his high school crush has done this.
- In A Dance with Rogues, you have the option to pose for a nude portrait for extra cash early in the game. It isn't the cleverest of options since the portrait is then stolen by the Dhorn and you have to retrieve it from a heavily-guarded facility to prevent your identity from being realized.
- In a Sluggy Freelance filler arc, Torg started a sexy webcam when he switched bodies with Zoe, and Zoe herself continued it after finding out how well it paid. A canon strip revealed this to be All Just a Dream, however. Worth noting is that said filler arc was drawn by Phil and Kaja Foglio, the same minds behind Girl Genius.
- In S.S.D.D, one strip has in the background a picture of Florence Ambrose, from Freefall, posing nude with a piece of industrial equipment for a calendar, in a contribution from Freefall's Mark Stanley to SSDD. Between her fur, her build, and the pose, though, nothing "naughty" is really showing. (The large version can be seen here◊.)
- In Sinfest, Criminy poses nude for Fuchsia's painting. After Fuchsia left Satan, Criminy encouraged Fuchsia to return to her original hobby of painting.
- In Sexy Losers, Mike ends up in A Date with Rosie Palms, just like he does the rest of the time. Someone sitting next to him engages in an extended argument about how he really shouldn't be doing that until:
Artist: But that's not even a nude model. It's just a bowl of fruit.
Mike: I'm an abstractionist.
- Hayley on American Dad! models nude, making a big deal on how it's totally not scandalous. Then she has a Naked Freak-Out when she sees that Roger is in the class. And then Roger sells his painting to Steve without telling him it's of his sister.
- On Daria, Jane has drawn nude models in an art class. In one episode bumper (included on the DVDs), she's supposed to be painting Daria naked, but an unamused Daria refuses to come out. Jane suggests she could just paint it from memory.
- Tree Hugger from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has a cameo in the episode "On Your Marks" doing nude modeling for painters. Of course, ponies don't usually wear clothes, so it's used more as an ironic gag.
- On Rocko's Modern Life, Rocko becomes a very famous model/spokesman for an underwear brand called "Wedgie Boy".
- One episode of The Simpsons has Marge painting a full-length nude of Mr. Burns though the relevant bits are constantly covered by random objects.