In the spread inside the publication, Nicole flaunts her killer body in a red lace bra and panties with a red fur coat falling off her, "in what is sometimes referred to in fashion circles as the dead girl pose." Another sees her exposing her neon-green sparkling undies.
In its cover story, Nicole says she's willing to do whatever it takes for a role in a movie. "I would be more outlandish if I could," the 45-year-old actress tells writer Jacob Bernstein. "A lot of times you just don't get the chance."
Talking about one scene where she pees on Zac Efron in upcoming movie "The Paperboy", she says, "I didn't think [it] was that weird, because I was in character. All of that made total sense to me. I just went for it and didn't overthink it."
She also immediately agreed when she's asked to strip down for the front page of the magazine. Visionaire founder James Kaliardos says in an email to New York magazine, "I wanted to strip Nicole's image bare... I kept saying, 'This isn't Portrait of a Lady.' Nicole doesn't over-think it."
"She barely looked in the mirror and just said, 'Great'," he continues. "The inspiration came from Lee Daniel's The Paper Boy, where she plays a white trash southern woman who obsessively writes to inmates in prison...The character drove the shoot."
She thinks she's mature before her age due to the books she read while she's young. "That informs all that yearning and wanting things, and the hormones that are running through you at a really early age - they all started to surge because of the things I was reading," she opens up.
She additionally says that returning to acting helped her move forward with her life after splitting from Tom Cruise. "If you're being completely drained in your personal life and you're never being nourished there, it's very hard to make it work," she explains.
The actress, who adopted two children with Tom, now has two kids with her singer husband Keith. "Time is so precious and I love the sound of them and the feel of them," she says of her family. "I just don't want to miss anything."