8 Iconic Celebrity Body-Paint Moments

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By Katherine Fotinos August 06, 2014
Kim Kardashian sparkled in silver on the pages of W magazine in 2010. Readers interpreted the look as a skintight bodysuit, but the reality star actually posed in just metallic body paint.
For her 2012 “Where Have You Been” music video, Rihanna turned reptilian thanks to the work of some amazing body-paint artists. Strategically placed “scales” adorned her spine and chest in such perfection that it was hard to believe the singer didn’t actually sprout crocodile hide.

Image via Rihanna's Facebook page

Not only was Rebecca Romijn a body-paint inspiration as Mystique in X-Men; the actress is also set to be the host of Skin Wars! Will any contestants be able to match the skill it took to design that famous blue suit?
It was a sight that couldn’t be unseen—Heidi Klum’s 2011 Halloween costume, in which she dressed as a corpse. To transform the model into a “visible human body,” artists worked for many hours.
And she’s up again! We can’t forget about Heidi Klum’s 2006 Halloween outfit, in which body-paint artists transformed her into a serpent slithering out of an apple as in the biblical story of the Garden of Eden. Green paint, scaly details, and a snake-like mouth—we almost forgot there was a top model under there!
Actress Demi Moore had us convinced that the tailored suit she wore on the cover of the August 1992 edition of Vanity Fair came from a top clothing designer. But it was just the work of super-talented body-paint artists. That’s right—Moore was actually in her birthday suit!
Kate Upton chose to bare it all, with the exception of some beautiful (and well-placed) paint in the 2013 swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated. Body art has never been hotter!
Painted silver, Katy Perry played a mystical and alluring Egyptian queen in her 2014 “Dark Horse” music video.

With the human body as their canvas and the universe as their inspiration, the most audacious body-paint artists of the day will transform life into art on Game Show Network’s most mind-blowing reality competition yet: Skin Wars. In preparation for the show’s premiere on Wednesday, August 6 at 9/8c, we’ve rounded up the most thrilling body-paint moments to have graced the big screen, the Hollywood red carpet, and everything in between.
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