November 14, 2016 11:57 AM
Patrick Demarchelier
Patrick Demarchelier

At just 21, Gigi Hadid has graced the cover of almost every major fashion publication, from Vogue to Harper’s Bazaar to W. But she still manages to keep us guessing. For her first-ever Allure cover, she bares it all like she’s never done before.

The model spent years growing up as a competitive horseback rider, and she’s still passionate about the equestrian arts. Which may explain why she looks right at home doing her homage to Lady Godiva, posing on horseback wearing long curls, a nude thong and nothing else.

Patrick Demarchelier
Patrick Demarchelier

The star shows off her beauty marks and Victoria’s Secret model body while sprawled naked across the back of the black Lustiano horse — which, of course, she immediately bonded with at the shoot.

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Hadid remembered falling in love with horses when she got her first one at two years old, in her Allure cover story. “We were living in Aspen, and my first pony, Rocky Daddy, was a rescue from a farmer next door,” she said. “The farmer was kind of old and couldn’t take care of him, so my mom asked if we could, and that’s the pony I started riding.”

Patrick Demarchelier
Patrick Demarchelier

The trendsetting star, who’s collaborated with Tommy Hilfiger and Stuart Weitzman, did admit during her horseback riding days, her style wasn’t exactly as flawless as we’re used to seeing today.

“Every morning, I’d feed [my horse], and Mom would let me dress myself, so I’d put my rain boots on backward, which I thought was really funny,” Hadid told Allure. “I never really had a great sense of style. I was wearing what I wanted to wear.”

Hadid’s equestrian-inspired nude shoot actually isn’t the first of its kind.  Emily Ratajkowski, who isn’t afraid to post nude photos on her social media, flaunted her naked body while riding a horse for a Harper’s Bazaar shoot in August. “When Lena Dunham takes her clothes off, she gets flack, but it’s also considered brave; when Justin Bieber takes off his shirt, he’s a grown up,” she told the magazine. “But when a woman who is sexual takes off her top, it plays into something.”

And Victoria’s Secret model Erin Heatherton kicked off the trend two years ago, when she posed topless laying across a horse in the Fall 2014 Buffalo David Bitton campaign.

What do you think of all these models going nude on horseback for photo shoots? Share your thoughts below. 

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