28/10/2010 10:06 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Monica Bellucci Poses Naked With Baby For Vanity Fair

Monica Bellucci Vanity Fair

Italian beauty, Monica Bellucci appears naked on this month's cover of Italian Vanity Fair cradling her newborn baby.

The 46-year-old actress looks as stunning as ever despite the sleepless nights that come with being a new mum – not to mention her relentless work schedule.

Monica has found time between motherhood duties to make an advert for Dolce & Gabbana and Martini, as well as two films and has also posed for Australian magazine, Men's Style.

The photo shoot with daughter Leonie, who is now five months old, is to promote a new book of the actress's portraits, Monica Bellucci – a collection of images from the last twenty years by Bruce Weber, Peter Lindbergh and Ellen von Unwerth.

Proceeds from the photographs in the book are going to two charities – an association for the parents of child cancer victims and a French women's charity.

Monica says of the pictures: "I chose them myself. I didn't want modelling shots and publicity ones. I wanted to show the body's primordial expressiveness."

The star says: "Behind some of those photos there are some very sad moments in my life. I appear to be satisfied but I was really in pieces."

When asked how she would feel about being photographed now, she says: "Like a ripe pear, perfectly ripe and mature. Very sweet and succulent. A kind of state of grace."

Last week we saw Jennifer Lopez posing with her twins for a Gucci ad campaign. What do you think about stars posing with their children in photo shoots? Tell us your thoughts below.

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