The Red Hot Chili Peppers album “Mother’s Milk” features a black and white photograph of the band being held in the arms of a larger naked woman. A rose conceals one of her nipples while Anthony Kiedis body conceals the other.
Several national chains refused to sell the record because they believed the female subject displayed too much nudity. A censored version of the album cover made several changes. First the band members were made bigger, John Frusciante moved from her forearm to her shoulder and Flea and Chad Smith were moved and replaced with completely different photos. Check it out…
There were originally two women whose photographs were planned to be used, one being Kiedis’ girlfriend at the time actress Ione Skye and the other being model Alaine Dawn. Dawn was chosen but she claimed the band did not notify her that she was to be on the cover. Here is a more recent photo of Dawn.
Following the albums release, a limited number of promotional posters were issued with the her breasts exposed.
Dawn had no knowledge of the pressing and sued the band, with reports claiming she received a $250,000 settlement.