Young stars bare it all to prove ‘maturity’ [SLIDESHOW]

“High School Musical” star Ashely Tisdale wants to shed her Disney-darling persona, and unsurprisingly decided posing nude would be a good way to do it. Tisdale is the latest addition to a very long list of stars who proved their maturity, or solidified their sex appeal, by taking off their clothes and striking a pose, in a “tasteful” way, of course. From Miley Cyrus’s scandalous photo shoot in Vanity Fair, to Jennifer Aniston’s memorable spread in GQ, celebrities of all ages continue to overexpose themselves, literally, in these eyebrow-raising photos. Take a look at the stars who bravely bared it all on the glossy pages of the world’s most popular magazines.

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  • “High School Musical” star Ashley Tisdale proved she’s ready to shed her Disney persona in this racy photo shoot for the latest issue of Allure magazine. “Being in this shoot was me saying, 'I'm not just the young girl everybody thinks I am. I'm actually a woman,'" she told the magazine.
  • A very pregnant Britney Spears bared it all on the cover of Bazaar Magazine in August of 2006. The blond singing sensation shocked the world when she debuted this daringly dark hair color and exceedingly large baby bump.
  • Mariah Carey posed nude and proudly displayed her baby bump on the cover of Life&Style magazine. “I was feeling very vulnerable about taking pictures at all right now, but then I didn't want to miss this opportunity to document this once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Carey told the magazine.
  • Television star Chelsea Handler proved she could be funny and sexy when she posed for  the cover of Playboy in December 2009.
  • Rocker Bret Michaels posed naked on the cover of Billboard magazine, in an issue entitled “Maximum Exposure.” Michaels bared it all on the cover to promote his new VH1 reality show, called “Life As I Know It.”
  • Alexander Skarsgard, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, stars of the HBO series "True Blood," graced the cover of September's Rolling Stone wearing nothing but, well, blood. The show's become famous for its provocative sex scenes and adult subject matter. To me, vampires are sex,” creator Alan Bell said to Rolling Stone.
  • Christina Aguilera proved she wasn’t your average bubblegum popstar when she posed nude on the cover of Rolling Stone in 2002. The singing sensation donned black lowlights and showed off her edgy side during her transition from teen icon to Hollywood bad girl.
  • Levi Johnston, the 19-year-old father of Sarah Palin's grandchild, milked his fifteen minutes of fame by posing nude for Playgirl, in a spread entitled “Levi Johnston Goes Rogue.”
  • Lady Gaga donned her most revealing outfit yet by shedding everything on the cover of Vanity Fair. The eccentric singer told the magazine that despite her provocative wardrobe choices, she’s less sexual than people think. “I have this weird thing that if I sleep with someone they're going to take my creativity from me through my vagina,” said the star.
  • Teen singing sensation, Miley Cyrus, posed for famed photographer Annie Leibovitz in a controversial Vanity Fair photo shoot in 2008. After facing extreme backlash for the racy photos, Cyrus issued a statement that said, “I took part in a photo shoot that was supposed to be 'artistic' and now, seeing the photographs and reading the story, I feel so embarrassed.”
  • Pop star Rihanna knows a thing or two about breaking boundaries, and her revealing photo spread in GQ was no exception. The sexy songstress wore nothing but skin tight shorts on the cover of the popular men’s magazine.
  • Pop superstar Katy Perry stripped down for a recent issue of Rolling Stone. The curvaceous songstress also graced the magazine’s cover wearing nothing but a bra and underwear for the spread entitled, “Sex, God, and Katy Perry: The Hard Road and Hot Times of a Fallen Angel.”
  • Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal stripped down for Entertainment Weekly’s steamy magazine cover shoot. The actors stared in the film ‘Love and Other Drugs,’ which chronicled a fictional relationship between the two actors who were frequently nude in several intimate scenes throughout the film.
  • Kim Kardashian, bared it all for a photo shoot featured in W magazine’s ‘Art Issue.’ The reality star told the magazine, "I used to think, I have to be this or that or skinny, and now, because of the show, everyone is embracing just me." Inside the magazine, the star posed naked in silver paint from the shoulders down.