Natalie Portman sheds conservative image in nude Dior ad

Kathleen Perricone
Shine from Yahoo! Canada
August 22, 2012

Natalie Portman may have worn a long-sleeved, high-necked dress on her wedding day, but in new ads for Dior, the typically conservatively-dressed star is revealing an entirely different side of herself -- and a lot of it. For the French company's makeup line, Diorskin Nude, the Oscar-winning actress goes, well, nude — except for some strategically-placed arms. In one eye-popping shot, Portman, who gave birth to son Aleph last June, is topless and draped over a chair, exposing her back (and almost her backside) while giving the camera a sultry stare. The only thing she has on? Dior's 169 Grege lip color, her favorite from the line of eight different shades.

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"I chose the color Grège because it's the one I'd pick to wear myself," the "Black Swan" actress says. "The number [169] contains different dates that are important to me and my family." Portman's sexy ad campaign isn't entirely gratuitous. Proceeds from her favorite shade will benefit the Free the Children Association, a charity near and dear to the heart of the new mom. This also wasn't the first time she posed au naturale for Dior. In January 2011, Portman went topless — except for a headband — for its Miss Dior Cherie perfume promo.

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The 31-year-old showed a lot less skin when she married ballet dancer Benjamin Millepied on August 4 in a traditional Jewish ceremony at night overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Big Sur, California. Portman walked down the aisle in a super-conservative Rodarte dress that covered her arms and neck complete with a veil and white ballet flats.

Next, she plans to become a French citizen, just like her new husband. "It would accomplish the Francophile dreams of my father and myself," she told Madame Figaro magazine."I lived in Paris when I was 12 and my father gave me the name Natalie as an homage to Gilbert Bécaud's song. Everything in my life has drawn me towards a French family."

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