Celebrities made 2014 ‘the year of the flesh’

Leanne Italie
Associated Press

New York

Skin was definitely in, but was 2014 all about the big, bold booty or a sheer reveal up top?

On runways, Marc Jacobs sent up-and-comer Kendall Jenner out during February’s New York Fashion Week with nipples clearly visible under a taupe knit top. Christian Siriano closed his show in September with ice blue crystals on a barely there trouser set, nipples on display.

Look no further than awards shows, music videos and magazine covers for fuller rears, compliments of Iggy Azalea, Jennifer Lopez and Nicki Minaj, along with Jenner’s big sis Kim Kardashian and Rihanna, the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s style icon of the year.

Rihanna showed off every inch top to bottom when she collected the award, but curvy newcomer Meghan Trainor said it best in the rear department with her breakout, Grammy nominated hit: “All About that Bass.”

Where would Instagram be without booty? Well, nipples gained ground in pilfered nude celebrity selfies, RiRi’s bare, pierced assets on the cover of French magazine Lui and among proud “Free the Nipple” activists, including Scout Willis and Miley Cyrus, who challenged Instagram’s ban. Scout and others flashed and pranced topless in public from New York to Moscow. A film by Lina Esco of the same name turned into a hashtag.

As for the bass, Kardashian loves showing off hers, and she signed on to help Paper magazine with another body-baring declaration, #breaktheinternet. She did it with the pop of a Champagne cork that arched a stream of bubbly over her head into a glass resting nicely on her derriere for the cover.

But she also advanced the cause of the nipple when she went full-frontal on the magazine’s inside pages, followed soon after by a topless Madonna in Interview.

Why did Kardashian do it? She said on the Australian TV show “The Project” that she loved working with famed photographer Jean-Paul Goude on the Paper shoot and considered it an “art project.”

“It taught me to do what you want to do,”she told host Rove McManus. “Everyone should do what they’re comfortable with, and I’m never one to preach, but I felt really positive and really good about myself. I love the photos. I did it for me.”

Alas, McManus wasn’t able to repeat the glass-balancing trick. “You don’t have as big a butt as I do,” Kardashian noted after she attempted to show him how it’s done.

Backside or bare female breast — either way, it seemed light years from 2004. That’s when the live Super Bowl halftime show on CBS turned into Nipplegate for Janet Jackson, taking over chatter about nudity and leading to a court battle over fines (since overturned) and temporarily derailing her career.

Jackson’s split-second slip included a now-quaint nipple shield under the piece of leather Justin Timberlake ripped off her outfit, either accidentally or on purpose. Today, flaunting one’s pasties is downright passe.

Just ask Cyrus, who rocked a pair as she performed at Paper magazine’s Break the Internet party during Art Basel Miami Beach in celebration of its naked jaunt with Kardashian.

Bodacious backsides and public nudity are, of course, not new.

British psychologist Philip Carr-Gomm, who put out the book “A Brief History of Nakedness” in 2010, says it goes back to ancient times.