Sunday 28 December 2014

Now Rosanna to get naked for Hugh Hefner as she considers move stateside

Published 28/10/2012 | 05:00

Rosanna Davison has received a personal invite from Playboy boss Hugh Hefner to meet at the famed Mansion -- and to appear in a spread for the US edition of the magazine.

In what is her major break into the United States, the model will become the first Miss World to grace the pages of the famed American magazine.

She will join the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Pamela Anderson and Bo Derek -- who have previously bared all for the iconic magazine, which boasts over seven million subscribers.

The pictures will appear in the April edition.

The news comes as the model told the Sunday Independent she hasn't ruled out the possibility of moving to America to pursue her blossoming career.

Speaking from Frankfurt in Germany this weekend, where she was celebrating the news, she said: "I still can't quite believe it.

"Playboy Germany were so happy with their European sales that Hugh Hefner got in touch and asked to meet me and to see whether I wanted to feature in the US magazine.

"He said he loved the idea of having the first Miss World to pose for Playboy in his American edition."

Davison will only be the second woman from the German magazine to feature in the American edition -- in a world where it notoriously difficult for models to make the leap into the US market.

On her meeting with the Playboy czar, who first began building his empire over 57 years ago, she said: "It will be great to shake hands with the man himself.

"I will hopefully get to have a peek around the Mansion and to check out the grotto, of course."

The beauty queen is also planning several chat-show appearances on US television and a fly-on-the-wall documentary to coincide with the photo shoot.

"There's a lot being planned, including filming, plenty of photographs, and my management is working on booking me on to some of the major chat shows, which would be amazing," she said.

"I'm not afraid to work really hard and explore every possible avenue. 2013 looks like it will be a busy year, but that's exactly how I like it.

"It's a much bigger market and the highest level you can reach, but now that I've done it once, I'll probably feel much more confident about it. The US edition is the main Playboy, so that's where the focus is, and of course it has a long history."

The Enniskerry native also said she could make the big move to the US permanently if things go to plan: "You never know," she said. "I would always consider the possibility, and I plan to spend some time there next year anyway. I might never want to come home."

Speaking about the reaction of her long-term boyfriend Wes Quirke -- and her family's response -- she said: "Wes was the first person to hear the news and he was thrilled for me.

"I then rang my parent's house immediately and spoke to my dad. He was delighted too and recognises how lucky I am to have been given this opportunity.

"My schedule is pretty packed up until Christmas with work, travel and my studies, but I definitely plan to take some time off over the festive season, to relax with my family and celebrate."

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