David Hasselhoff’s daughter Hayley has become the first plus-sized nude model to grace a European Playboy cover. The curvaceous cover girl described the groundbreaking event on “Lorraine” Wednesday, the Daily Mail reported.
“I think it’s very empowering,” said the “Baywatch” icon’s progeny, 28, who has been a curve model since she was 14. “To be asked to do something like this when we’re all worried about our own self-image, it was a revolution.”
She added, “‘It was a great honor and it’s a message for curvy women to know they are wanted and desired.”
Hayley will appear in the May issue of the nudie mag’s German edition, which was shot in Paris during the lockdown. The bombshell was reportedly forced to wear her own lingerie for the photo-op as the team couldn’t find clothing that fit her UK size 16-18 frame during the pandemic.
“We shot it in a very artful approach,” gushes the glamazon of the “tastefully topless” photos, which show her flashing the camera a saucy look while flaunting skimpy undergarments.
Despite oozing on-camera confidence, Hayley was initially “apprehensive” about her first-ever Playboy appearance.
“It was one of those moments where you have a thought bubble and that apprehensiveness,” she recalled. “But then that positive thought came back in and said, ‘Hold on a second that’s the whole reason you’re here today.’”
Hayley’s goal is to inspire plus-sized people, which she says is important since there’s been a recent lockdown-sparked obesity spike.
“I get to make this movement for curve women during a global pandemic and let them know they have every right to celebrate their bodies,” she said.
As such, the Playboy pioneer hates the label “summer body” — a term for the stereotypical chiseled beach bod — because it implies that bigger figures are somehow lesser.
“Well we’ve all been stuck inside for how many months now and you’re telling people they can only get to the beach if they’re summer body ready?” she said. “You’re summer body ready right now.”
Naturally, Hayley’s status as a body positivity icon may conflict with her dad’s stint on “Baywatch,” a show that celebrated traditional beauty standards. However, the supersized model says that her journey differs from her father’s as that was “a television series” and her story is “real life.”
Hayley explained that through projecting her own “body positivity,” she’s helping open up doors that didn’t exist back then, the Daily Mail reported.
“There is so much more availability for now to artists to celebrate who they are,” the voluptuous trailblazer said, adding that “media and television play a big part to help people through their own journey of self love.”
Ultimately, Hayley hopes that the Playboy issue will help people embrace their bodies regardless of shape or size.
“Hopefully it will touch somebody and say, I am loved, I am worthy,” she said. “We have good body days and bad body days. Remember, our bodies are ever-evolving with the life that we live. Don’t be down on yourself if you have those bad days.”
Hayley’s not the first plus-sized gal to grace an iconic publication. Japanese-Dutch beauty Yumi Nu made history last month after becoming the first Asian curve model to appear in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.