The pose: The Italian bombshell -- best known to American audiences for her work in "The Matrix Reloaded" -- had more than vanity in mind when she posed nude for the cover of a 2004 edition of Vanity Fair: The wife of French actor Vincent Cassel reportedly disbrobed to protest Italy's laws against the use of donor sperm. Nicely done, Monica.
Nude musing: "Over here, if you aren't married with all the proper rubber stamps, they stop you using science to have a child. Religious and ethical dogmas have prevailed upon common sense. This kind of legal obstacle is not so different from the physical limitations that women have long endured. In Muslim countries women are forced to cover their heads and keep silent. In Italy, they are prevented from asking the help of science to become mothers, unless they are married."