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Alexandra Kerry

Does a photograph show Alexandra Kerry in a see-through dress?

Published May 25, 2004

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Alexandra Kerry

Claim:   Photograph shows Alexandra Kerry in a see-through dress.

Status:   True.

Example:   [Collected on the Internet, 2004]

Alexandra Kerry

Origins:   The family members of politicians don't generally receive this much exposure, but Alexandra Kerry — daughter of Masschusetts senator and presumptive 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry — did in May 2004 when she attended a Cannes Film Festival event wearing the sheer, translucent black gown pictured above.

Alexandra Kerry, a 30-year-old actress and documentary filmmaker, was in Cannes to present her short film, "The Last Full Measure." On 16 May she walked the red carpet at Cannes to attend the premiere of Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill 2 wearing a black off-shoulder dress that, under the glare of numerous photographer's flashes, revealed her bra-less chest. (Sometimes fabrics and styles that appear modest in the dressing room turn out to be unexpectedly revealing when subjected to unusual or harsh lighting, so not every exposure of this nature is necessarily a deliberate example of exhibitionism.)

The image shown here, captured by photographer Pascal Guyot and distributed by the Agence France Presse (AFP) news service, appeared in a variety of European and U.S. newspapers, some of which covered up Ms. Kerry's breasts or cropped the picture at her neck.

Other photos from Cannes showed Ms. Kerry in less revealing attire:

Alexandra Kerry

Alexandra Kerry and her sister Vanessa are the children of John Kerry and Julia Thorne, who married in 1970 and were divorced in 1988 after a long separation. Senator Kerry married his current wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, in 1995.

Last updated:   24 May 2004


  Sources Sources:

    Goddardin, Jacqui.   "Presidential Girls Enter White House Race."

    The Scotsman.   22 May 2004.

    Agence France Presse.   "US Newspapers Go Gaga Over Kerry's Daughter's Breasts."

    18 May 2004.


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