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True Confessions of a Celebrity Skin Editor

All of this left me with an unusual expertise in the sex scene. Hollywood-ized sex, I soon discovered, is mechanical, predictable, and schmaltzy. Tinseltown sugarcoats t&a with romance and serves it up under dimmed lights. Sex almost always marks a hiatus in the narrative. Rarely does it serve what my film professors used to call a diagetic function— the story has to begin again after all the mushy and wet stuff ends. Rarer still is it arousing.

So why do we like to see the stars take their clothes off? Scandal makes celebrities both more luminous and more approachable. Nudity does the same thing. Titillation both reinforces and demolishes the one unalterable condition of fame: inaccessibility. At its best, Celebrity Skinshatters the icons and brings them down to our low level of erotic obsession. At its worst, when none of these musings were indulged, it had me asking myself: peon slavedom in "straight" publishing or graduate school in film?

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