Posing for "Playboy" Magazine
A few years ago Katarina Witt created quite a stir when she posed for a December issue of "Playboy" magazine. The issue was a sell-out, and Kat was mobbed by fans wherever she went, asking her to autograph the cover.
As a non-American, Witt wasn't held to the cutesy-cutsey,
little "goody two skates" persona that seems to have been the expected criteria for American women figure skaters.
Can you imagine the hullaballo if Dorothy Hamill, Peggy Fleming,
Kristi Yamaguchi, Tara Lipinski, or Michelle Kwan posed for "Playboy?" Granted, Hamill, Fleming, Yamaguchi, and Lipinski have all left the eligible ranks, so the USFSA could not do anything but perhaps shake their heads in astonishment.
However, an American eligible figure skater who did such a thing would, well, probably be banned from further participation in any USFSA-sanctioned competitions/events.
Just a little food for thought. I'm certainly not encouraging anybody out there to follow Witt's lead in this undertaking. I'm not a prude, but honestly, I think that's a bit much.
Tanja S and Maria B both posed for European playboy. Maria was still Olympic elgiable.
Didn't Tatiana Navka and Viktoria Volchkova pose nude for a Russian publication a year or two ago?
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[color=blue][font=times] Frankly, Kat Witt has always been a sex kitten. Even during her skating days. So when she decided to pose for playboy. I said, what took her so long. A woman has every right to do that if she chooses. However, I find it do nothing for the sport or more important. Women sports. It only reinforced alot of the male sterotypes regarding the women to begin with. She did it for one reason only. MONEY She tried to break into acting here in the States. That went nowhere. So the next best thing was posing Nude in order to get attention.
I don't think that it hurt the sport too much. But, it did not help the sport at all. Posing nude, tell me how is that going to help the sport? What bring the old diry men into the arena so they could drool all over the little girls coming up. Yeah, that will help
She did it for the attention that it would draw to her. Face it. her skaiting days are almost over. She can barely jump anymore. Not talking tripes here. Even her doubles are shaky. She can only do tours. in which her being a double olympic champ. She is no longer drawer of the tours. Its not her that puts butts in the seats. It is the younger & fresher skaters.
Like I said, I really have no problem with posing nude. But, if it is in an artistic way. But, playboy is not artistic at all. It is SMUT But, I don't see any American skater doing that. Not even Nicole Bobeck or tony posed nude. & They were never these so called ice princesses that people keep saying.
Frankly, I hate the term ice princess. Just because, theses ladies, girls were brought up with manners, & thaught how to be lady like. Doesn't mean that they are cold princesses. Remember, we are only seeing them when they are on ice. They are more themselves off the ice & away from the cameras.