This month, in the height of summer, magazines have a good excuse to put their models in less clothing than usual. French Vogue gave one only a rope and a modesty patch for his privates. Elle shot Miranda Kerr in tiny Prada shorts and a crop top to highlight her belly accessory. Vanity Fair had a few of the finest World Cup athletes strip down to their boxers, muscles ablaze. Vogue thrust Doutzen Kroes onto a beach with only a few designer beach accessories to cover herself, while editor Hamish Bowles posed on the beach in quite the opposite manner — fully clothed, half in a suit and half in a wetsuit. See those images and more in the slideshow.