Rosanna Davison: 'Topless pose for Playboy helped me get over my insecurities'

Rosanna Davison tells Niamh Horan that she has no regrets about being the first Irish cover girl for famous magazine

COVER GIRL: Rosanna's arresting image for the German edition of Playboy magazine

FORMER Miss World and Ireland's first Playboy cover girl Rosanna Davison has spoken out for the first time against her critics who have berated her for her recent topless shoot.



The model laughed off comments that the world famous magazine exploits women -- asserting that she will not allow herself to be labelled by anyone.

And she revealed how she felt that the shoot actually helped her overcome the secret insecurities she had harboured for years about her enviable body.

Speaking exclusively to the Sunday Independent this weekend she said: "Like a lot of women, I had hang-ups for years about aspects of my body.

"Posing for Playboy helped me to face my fears and get over my silly insecurities. Now I'm much more confident in myself -- I was empowered by doing it."

The 28-year-old Dubliner explained: "Women are under huge pressure to live up to physical perfection. I always thought my body could be improved on in my early- to mid-20s and ironically I was always embarrassed to show it off too much.

"I work hard to stay fit and healthy now and my studies in nutritional biochemistry have totally changed the way I view and look after my body.

"I wanted my body to look strong and healthy for the shoot rather than starved and skinny. So I designed a two-week plan where I ate more and worked out more.

"Your body doesn't lie -- it's a direct reflection of how you treat it."

She also hit back at her detractors saying she will not let anyone define her by a magazine shoot.

"My idea of a modern woman is somebody who is confident to do whatever she chooses. It's about doing what makes you happy," said the art history graduate.

"In life, I am a big advocate of education, hard work, independence, health and giving back to charitable causes -- yet I see no problem in celebrating my body and my femininity. It shouldn't label me as 'nice' or not, it's just another facet of who I am.

"I can't stand stereotyping and labelling. I'd much rather be a non-conformist than live my life based on what others expect of me.

"I see posing for Playboy as an honour and now I've joined the list of amazing women who have also posed for the publication -- Bo Derek, Marilyn Monroe, Charlize Theron, Cindy Crawford to name a few. It certainly didn't do them any harm. I mean, it's hardly pornography."

Rosanna's decision to bare all has divided opinion.

While she appears to have almost unanimous support on these shores, opinion on her revealing shoot elsewhere hasn't been as enthusiastic.

Angie Beasley, the Miss England boss who is involved with the Miss World pageant, said she was disappointed with Rosanna's move.

"It's such a shame that Rosanna felt she needed to do this. Someone in her position doesn't need to strip off and bare everything," she said.

But at home it's a different story with many of Rosanna's fellow models praising her for the move -- and saying it's a tough act to follow.

Panto queen and model Michele McGrath, 26, has revealed how she would "absolutely" do it, if the right offer came her way.

"I say fair play to her. We all go on holidays and go topless on the beach so what's the problem?"

One of the first to congratulate Rosanna on the shoot was 28-year-old GQ favourite Georgia Salpa. She described Rosanna as a "hottie" and paid tribute to the fact that she was the first Irish girl on the cover of the Hugh Hefner magazine.

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