Sharon Stone, 61, poses topless and talks about being 'f***able' in Hollywood

Francesca Specter
Yahoo Style UK deputy editor

Sharon Stone has gone topless on a new magazine cover.

In the series of photos, the 61-year-old Hollywood actress fronts Vogue Portugal’s Sex Issue for May.

The racy shot sees the star floating in a swimming pool with her bare breasts visible above the water’s surface.

Stone is skinny-dipping in the racy cover shoot. (Photo: Vogue Portugal)

In another image, Stone wears fishnets, stiletto heels and a plunging leotard while posing provocatively and looking straight at the camera.

The strident pose is a nod to Stone’s most iconic scene from Basic Instinct, in which she uncrosses her legs to reveal she isn’t wearing underwear during a police interrogation.

There’s a further reference to this scene in another image taken by photographer Branislav Simoncik, which sees Stone posing in a white, leg-baring dress resembling the one she wore in the film.

In the accompanying interview, Stone addressed the idea of being considered sexually attractive in Hollywood. She insisted that “I didn’t and I don’t” consider herself a sex symbol, despite her femme fatale image.

“When I entered the business the term ‘f***able’ was used to see if you were employable,” she told the magazine.

“The studio executives sat around a large table and discussed whether or not each of us was in fact ‘f***able.’ They thought I was not.

“I gave this some hard thought as I wanted to work, so I did a strategically planned semi-naked Playboy shoot. Did I fit the part? Obviously not. Did I use my brain to figure out how to appear ‘f***able’? You bet.”

The shoot has already garnered a huge reaction on social media.

The magazine’s editor-in-chief, Sofia Lucas, claimed her first, uncensored post of the nipple-baring cover was blocked, meaning she has posted a second post with Stone’s nipples crossed out.

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