Sunday 25 February 2018

Playboy's only Irish covergirl Rosanna Davison says magazine's decision to scrap nude photos is 'huge'

Model Rosanna Davison
Model Rosanna Davison
Rosanna Davison posed for Playboy Germany in 2012
Wesley Quirke and Rosanna Davison
Pamela Anderson
Hugh Hefner and wife Crystal Harris
Playboy founder Hugh Hefner

Elaine McCahill

Ireland's only Playboy covergirl Rosanna Davison said it's a "huge decision" for the magazine to no longer print naked photographs of women.

The former Miss World was on the cover of the German edition of the magazine in 2012 and said she is "glad" she did it.

"I can understand why the magazine has had to make this huge decision, and it obviously represents a big turning point for the brand," she told the Herald.

"The print media needs to evolve alongside the fast pace of the internet.

Rosanna Davison posed for Playboy Germany in 2012
Rosanna Davison posed for Playboy Germany in 2012

"I'm still glad that I made the decision to pose for Playboy when I did, and it's been an iconic brand for decades, so I'm interested to see which direction they'll be taking it now," she added.

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The decision to scrap the nude pictures was made last month at a meeting attended by the magazine's founder and current editor-in-chief Hugh Hefner.

Owners of the iconic magazine believe their current approach is no longer viable as nude images are so freely available online.

"You're now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free," said Scott Flanders, the magazine's chief executive. "So it's just passe at this juncture.

"Don't get me wrong. Twelve-year-old me is very disappointed in current me. But it's the right thing to do."

Hugh Hefner and wife Crystal Harris
Hugh Hefner and wife Crystal Harris

However, the magazine will continue to print images in provocative poses and the fate of the centrefold is still to be decided.

Since it launched in 1953 with Marilyn Monroe on the cover, famous faces like Kate Moss, Pamela Anderson, Dolly Parton, Goldie Hawn and Madonna have all appeared on the front page.

While the magazine has plenty of detractors over its content, Rosanna said she felt "empowered" by her sexy photo shoot.

"Doing Playboy was so empowering, because I felt happy in my own skin, and baring my body like that forced me to face my own insecurities," she said.

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Pamela Anderson
Pamela Anderson

"I loved being naked for it. I also worked hard to get in shape for it, so I felt confident.

"The vast majority of women were extremely positive and supportive. At least, they certainly didn't say it to my face if they weren't," she added.

The 31-year-old also said she wouldn't rule out posing for the magazine in the future.

"I really enjoyed the whole thing. I don't feel shy any more about showing off my body," she said.

"I think people can be a little prudish. I work in Germany a lot and it is less of a big deal, so I'd consider doing it again.

"We are all similar, have the same bits and pieces, I was brought up like that really," she added.

A 34-year ban on Playboy being sold in Ireland was lifted in 1995.

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