David Cassidy, 'Rolling Stone' Cover (1972)
Far more talented and beloved musicians have stripped for Rolling Stone over the years. But multiple generations of former teen idols who take off their clothes as a way of announcing their maturity can thank the artist formerly known as Keith Partridge. Cassidy hoped that Annie Leibovitz's nude portraits — revealing just enough bare hip to demonstrate the 21-year-old Partridge Family star's nakedness on the cover, cropped just below the pubes inside the mag — would help him shed his bubblegum image. The accompanying story, "Naked Lunch Box," in which he discussed his drug use ("not smack, but grass and speed and psychedelics"), essentially linked nudity and candor.