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Tennis girl is reunited with the sexy pose that sold 2m posters ... and didn't net her a penny!

The woman who helped sell more than two million copies of a world-famous poster has been reunited with the sexy pose.

Athena's famous tennis girl, Fiona Walker, was reunited with the image 35 years after she posed for the shot.

She was promoting an exhibition on lawn tennis as a subject in art taking place in Birmingham, England.

More than two million copies of the sexy poster, which will appear in the exhibition, have been sold worldwide.

Walker (52) who posed in the poster in tennis gear, hitching her skirt to reveal a bare bottom, said: "I think it's the light that makes it so appealing."

The model, who went on to become a mother of three and freelance illustrator, did not receive any royalties.

She said: "I was very naive and was paid nothing, and I think it's the biggest-selling poster ever."

Ms Walker, who only owns a postcard of the image, was not a keen tennis player and borrowed her tennis dress from a "friend of a friend", her father's plimsolls, and used "the dog's" tennis balls for the image.

She said she had no regrets, but that she had "no idea whatsoever" that the poster, which was used in a calendar, would become so popular when she posed aged 18.


She added: "It never ceases to make me smile when I see it sometimes. I see it in very strange places."

"I think my children tell people that it's me but most people don't believe it."

Martin Elliott, the photographer behind Tennis Girl, who was the model's boyfriend when he took the snapshot, died last year at the age of 63.

Ms Walker said: "I think Martin Elliott would be very proud of the fact that his picture is in the exhibition."