'It's not even a good portrait': Annie Leibovitz damns her iconic photo of a pregnant Demi Moore
It was the pregnancy photo that would set the standard for all photos of burgeoning bumps.
In 1991, a seven-months pregnant Demi Moore sat for a nude portrait by legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz.
When the photograph was printed on the cover of magazine Vanity Fair, it provoked all sorts of mixed reactions, from admiration to outrage to shock.
The photo went on to become one of the most iconic photographs of the past two decades.
But more than 20 years on, Annie Leibovitz has made the surprising admission that she doesn't rate the portrait very highly.
'Not a good portrait': Leibovitz says in an ideal world, Demi Moore wouldn't be covering up or looking towards the lens
Speaking in an interview with Vanity Fair – the magazine that placed the image its front cover – Leibovitz says the photograph was not one of her best.
'It was a popular picture and it broke ground, but I don’t think it’s a good photograph per se,' Leibovitz said in an interview with Vanity Fair. 'It’s a magazine cover. If it were a great portrait, she wouldn’t be covering her breasts. She wouldn’t necessarily be looking at the camera.'
Ms Leibovitz has talked in the past of the genesis of the photograph, which came about quite by accident.
Leibovitz already had a close relationship with Demi Moore, having photographed Bruce and Demi's wedding, and when Demi asked if she'd take photos of her pregnant with her second child, Leibovitz said she'd love to.
At ease: Leibovitz had a comfortable relationship with the star, having taken the photos when Demi married Bruce Willis
The photographer tells how she got together with the star to shoot the Vanity Fair cover, but given that Demi was seven months pregnant, Vanity Fair was nervous about the result. The consensus was that Leibovitz would somehow disguise the pregancy, or just shoot a head portrait.
But on the day, after a series of shots in various outfits, Leibovitz suggested the nudes.
'She dropped her clothing and I started to shoot. I said, “well this looks really, I mean… maybe we should make this the cover. Why not” And she said yes, maybe.'
'So we tried to hide everything the best we could. Tina Brown in New York made a decision to go ahead with it. And this is one of those things, it had a life of its own.'