Madonna, Monica Bellucci, Gina Gershon Sizzle in Arty ’90s Throwback Shots

The erotic photography of Bettina Rheims is celebrated in a limited-edition book.

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Erotic photographer Bettina Rheims has been capturing striking images of women since the late 70s, spanning French strippers and transgendered prostitutes to Chanel ads and celebrity portraits. 

The new limited-edition book, Bettina Rheims, is a lavish retrospective of her signature style that marries glossy beauty and grungy imperfection across more than 500 photos. Of course, her celebrity work is a category unto itself, having photographed the likes of Madonna, Kate Moss, and Monica Bellucci.

Here’s a few highlights from Bettina Rheims:

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Madonna looks like she might need to pop an Advil in this debauched shot from 1994.
Showgirls co-stars Gina Gershon and Elizabeth Berkley share a messy smooch in 1995.
Actress Valeria Golino turns the tables on Rheims in 1991.
Dutch supermodel Lara Stone graces the book’s cover. 
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