Sunday 17 December 2017

Rosanna Davison's US Playboy debut hits shelves this week

Hugh Hefner and Rosanna Davison
Hugh Hefner and Rosanna Davison
Rosanna's German Playboy shoot will be used for the US version of the magazine.
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Rosanna Davison is set to become the first ever Miss World winner to feature in Playboy USA this week.

She will also be only the second model who has featured in a European edition of the magazine to “make it” into American Playboy, she wrote in this week’s column for The Sun.

The 29-year-old said she’s delighted with “the double honour”.

The 2003 Miss World winner will feature in the September issue of the top-shelf magazine in the States.

It has also been confirmed that Playboy veteran Hugh Hefner requested for Davison’s original German shoot to be used for the spread.

“Shooting again for Playboy would have been amazing and probably a far less nerve-wracking experience the second time around,” Rosanna wrote.

“But I was really pleased to hear that the Mauritius beach shots would be used.

“Also, I was in control of every aspect of that shoot and I may not have been given such freedom and choice with a new shoot,” she added.

Davison, the daughter of singer Chris de Burgh, said she received a call from her manager in October 2012 to say that Hefner had been in touch to express his interest in meeting her.

Due to work and study commitments, the model was unable to travel to LA until the following May.

“Driving up to the Playboy Mansion was simply surreal,” Davison said.

“We were made to feel welcome there, with pre-dinner drinks, a tour of the house and gardens, a sit-down dinner with Hugh and his wife Crystal and a Charlie Chaplin movie in his own home cinema.”

The UCD graduate said she loved chatting to Hugh and having “a nose” around the famous grotto.

“It was just like heading to a mate’s house for dinner and a movie!” she joked.

Rosanna said her German management will receive the magazine first and she won’t be able to see it until she’s in Europe again in early September.

“It is hard to know what the reaction will be like,” she wrote.

“Either way, I’ll have these pictures to look back on when I’m old and grey.

“Ultimately, I’m proud of myself for pushing my own boundaries.”

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