To me, I look back at the covers that are so iconic… And then to top it all off, that Ellen Von Unwerth became a part of the project was just the cherry on top of the cake. it just got you back to the celebration of the woman. But the gorgeous part about it was obviously Ellen chose the location. You could feel the energy of knowing that this was something bigger than just the cover.We ended up shooting in an old brothel in Paris. It was a collaborative experience to make me feel most comfortable. I love my body to a different degree after doing something like that. She’s also a body positivity activist and an advocate. I was in London and there were discussions on possibly shooting in Germany or Paris or London. We were shooting there and seeing these women of all different shapes and sizes, beautifully painted nude. But you also need to remember the history of where it has been. Where do you feel most grounded?” And because we were shooting during COVID, there weren’t all the options in the world because we had to figure out where all the teams could be. It was very much , “Who is she?” ” What’s her story?” You know, “Where was she the night before?” And the playfulness that we captured and being able to show that within the images, I think is really beautiful. I used to go there in my early 20s to see my friends every time I was on a work trip in London. And so, to shoot something like that during that time period was eye-opening in itself — to be able to then go on to a set where everybody was looking at an end goal of doing something substantial, celebrating people and celebrating our bodies during a global pandemic. The magazine has graduated so much from where it’s come from. You had to have documents with you everywhere you went. Just because I am a woman who has a bit of a bustier bust doesn’t mean that it should always be subjected to something sensual; it can also be a part of art and it can be a part of celebration. being able to figure out what we wanted that woman [I was embodying] to feel like, what we wanted her to be celebrated as. It baffles me so much when you look back on where we come from, when it comes to the history of the womanly figure [compared to] where we are today. You were looking at the shape and going, “Oh, my God. I’ve always felt very sophisticated and sexy there, and I know this city really well. And their bodies really do amplify a piece of artwork. At first, I was a little bit apprehensive. To be honest with you, I look at my body in these images and I’m so proud of myself. Where am I as a 28-year-old woman? We are in 2021, I can’t believe that this is the first time that we have ever had a curve model on the cover of [a European] Playboy. They came to me and they said, “where do you feel most powerful? And the one thing that always stood out to me when we got there was on the wall, there was art of beautiful-shaped women of all different shapes and sizes in paintings … Now she can add Playboy cover girl to her resume thanks to the new issue of German Playboy photographed by Ellen Von Unwerth and out today.Playboy reached out and said, we really want to be able to have you as the first-ever curve model on a European Playboy. I couldn’t leave my hotel. What are your thoughts on that? seeing how they’re empowering, sensual, sophisticated women who are taking ownership for themselves and the way that they want to celebrate themselves. You are beautiful!” And to make yourself think anything less than that because of somebody else’s point of view, or because of what society thinks of as beautiful is just mind blowing. This is why we need to celebrate it, because there is so much beauty in different shapes. When Ellen came on board it was just a beautiful sort of synergy… Hayley Hasselhoff is a plus-sized model, designer and writer. It wasn’t even just when we were shooting it, but afterwards, looking at these images and going, “Dang girl! Photography: Zoe Jackson
Hair and makeup: Anthony Pazos
Styling: Audrey Brianne There’s so much beauty in the craft of how our bodies develop and grow.” So I think that with the collaboration of Ellen and her gorgeous team, they found the perfect place to signify everything that we wanted to bring to life out of the shoot.It was a very fun, collaborative experience. I have always had this really close relationship with Paris. And I wanted to have that bigger conversation with people during the shoot, after the shoot, and to be leading that conversation.I don’t think I’ve ever worked with a magazine before that was so welcoming. You had to be within a mile radius of where you were staying or where you were shooting. You are beautiful. Of course, I’m so excited to see what sort of masterpiece we can put together of the art form of a woman’s body.Related | Patrick Starrr Is Rewriting the Laws of Beauty Being able to do this type of shoot was being able to showcase that you aren’t objectified by showcasing your body. I am so proud of the woman that I am. So we chose Paris and we actually went there during lockdown, which was a very interesting experience, to say the least. And then, of course, I thought it’s an amazing opportunity for women to feel desired, for women to be able to celebrate their bodies and to be able to be the leading force for this movement [of body positivity and acceptance]. It was a complete honor in itself [to be considered].