Talk show host Oprah Winfrey has decided on a novel way to mark her approaching 50th birthday - posing for nude pictures.

The billionaire came up with the idea a few years ago with her photographer pal HERB RITTS.

When Herb died last December (02), Oprah decided to continue with her plans to mark her milestone on 29 January (03) with tasteful and artistic nude pictures.

According to American tabloid the STAR, Oprah is busy checking out other photographers to find one she'd be comfortable undressing for.

But fans of Oprah will not be treated to a peek of the snaps she's doing them solely for her longtime love Stedman Graham.