We would like to begin by bringing to your attention that Nicole Kidman is 45 years old. No, that’s not a typo: 4-5. Just let that sink in for a second.
Great. Now let’s start over.
Here is Nicole Kidman–nearly all of Nicole Kidman–gracing the giant fold-out cover of V Magazine‘s upcoming Travel Issue, on stands August 30. The ‘skirt’ (server belt? Low-slung cummerbund?) is apparently Chanel–though it’s unclear whether it’s intended for an adult or toddler–and really doesn’t leave much to the imagination. In the interview accompanying the decidedly 80s-inspired spread (shot by Mario Testino and styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele), Kidman admits that she regrets not getting a little wild at times: “I would be more outlandish if I could. A lot of times you just don’t get the chance.” So… we guess this shoot, which also features nips, is really just making up for lost time?
According to Kidman, she’s been quite sexual ever since she was a little kid. Probably because she was forced to stay out of the sun and read books.
“At the time I thought it was the cruelest thing, and now I know it was the greatest gift. I probably had a strong sexuality as a child, so that informs all that yearning and wanting things, and the hormones that are running through you at a really early age—they all started to surge because of the things I was reading.”
How long has Fifty Shades of Grey been around, anyway? There’s also an amazing quote from director Lee Daniels, who worked with Kidman (alongside Zac Efron and Matthew McConaughey) on the upcoming film The Paperboy, where she plays a down-and-out hairdresser named Charlotte who spends her free time penning letters to men behind bars.
“[Kidman] said, ‘Lee, you’ve got to direct me. I’m just a working girl.’” The director was quick to reply: “I said, ‘Alright bitch, let’s go,’ and we jumped off the cliff together, into Charlotte-land.”
Sounds like some intense fanfic, doesn’t it?
All funnies aside, Nicole looks ageless and amazing–and a bit like Heidi Klum, no? Click through the gallery for the rest of the seriously revealing shoot, as well as a .gif of that fold-out cover you’re probably going to hang in your school locker come September.