Kate Moss strikes pose for Playboy

Kate Moss has gone topless for Playboy (Picture courtesy of Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott for Playboy)

Kate Moss has posed topless for Playboy magazine to celebrate her upcoming 40th birthday and the magazine's 60th anniversary.

The Croydon-born supermodel was already known to be featuring in the January/February issue of the racy publication, and it has now been revealed that one of the images shows her without her top on, but partially obscured behind purple fabric.

Kate, 39, features in 18 pages of the mag to celebrate the milestone birthday in January.

Another of the shots by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott features the supermodel gazing at the camera while lying on her back.

Kate is also on the cover of the magazine's 60th anniversary double issue, where she is seen in a kneeling position in a traditional black Playboy bunny suit, white cuffs and a collar, black silk bunny ears, black stilettos and a white pom pom tail.

Editorial director Jimmy Jellinek said: "Playboy's anniversary edition is a testament to 60 years of beautiful women, discerning taste, sexual emancipation, groundbreaking fiction and world-changing journalism. Having Kate Moss, a global icon and the most important supermodel of the past 25 years, appear on our cover makes this issue the perfect way to launch Playboy's next 60 years."

Playboy founder and editor-in-chief Hugh Hefner, who has been criticised for demeaning women, said: "Sixty years ago, I created Playboy magazine with an intent to reflect on and influence the cultural changes taking place in America, as well as to become the voice of sophisticated men all over the world.

"From its beginning, Playboy has stood for freedom of speech, freedom of choice and freedom of the press. I am so proud to celebrate this anniversary as the magazine continues its mission to promote these core values many decades later."

Playboy's 60th anniversary edition, which also features an interview with Hollywood actor Ben Affleck and feminists such as Erica Jong and Naomi Wolf discussing "the best and worst of sexual liberation in modern America", is out on Friday.

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