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Tuesday, August 11, 1998 Published at 12:43 GMT 13:43 UK


Stars bare body and soul

Melanie Blatt: millions of women do it

All Saints' star Melanie Blatt and television presenter Anthea Turner are both showing off their bare bits on the pages of national magazines, as well as revealing their thoughts behind the pictures.

Ms Blatt displays her pregnant stomach on the front page of men's magazine, GQ, in its September edition.

She has never made a secret of her bulge, continuing to wear cropped tops during the band's public appearances.

And in an interview with GQ, she said: "It's not a fashion statement, and it's not anything to do with 'girl power'.

"I'm a woman, and women get pregnant."

[ image: Ms Blatt says she will continue her career after the birth]
Ms Blatt says she will continue her career after the birth
Ms Blatt also said: "The only reason I'm doing it is because I happen to be pregnant and happen to have to work at the same time.

"Millions and millions of women do it, and I have to do it as well," she said.

It is not the first time pregnant celebrities have exhibited their stomachs. Actress Demi Moore and model mum Jerry Hall have both bared their bumps posing for magazines.

Turning heads

Also reaching for national media exposure is Anthea Turner.

[ image: Anthea Turner's sexy shots are making headlines]
Anthea Turner's sexy shots are making headlines
Photographed for the latest issue of Tatler magazine, Ms Turner poses nude as Eve with just a snake for cover.

In an interview with the magazine, Ms Turner also revealed that she is unable to have children without fertility treatment.

The 38-year-old presenter of the holiday programme, Wish You Were Here, said she has endometriosis, a condition which causes infertility in some women.

"I always knew that something would click one day, and I would say now is the time. Having children is never going to be a simple act of passion for me. More thought has to go into it, " she told the magazine.

She also said that she was very upset by the break-up of her eight-month relationship with businessman Grant Bovey, which led to the end of her marriage to Peter Powell.

[ image: Anthea Turner with estranged husband, Peter Powell]
Anthea Turner with estranged husband, Peter Powell
"I've cried for Britain. My eyes go so bad that, at one point, I found myself thinking only surgery could sort them out," Ms Turner said.

She said that despite being successful - she is a very lonely person.

"I want that sort of love, yet I am too bruised to go and look for it. I've got everything and nothing.

"I'm one of those sharing sorts of people. It is no fun having things if you can't share them. Yet here I am, a single person, responsible for no one but myself for the first time in my life," Ms Turner said.

But in Tatler, she unveils herself in a variety of sexy and strong images, personifying female mythical characters such as Boadicea, Eve, Guinevere and Cleopatra.

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