In 60 years of publication, you’d think Playboy had done it all by now. Not so! This fall, the premiere men’s magazine is featuring its first cover girl of Indian heritage.
Bollywood star and bikini model Sherlyn Chopra, 28, will bear all in the magazine later this year. She’s stirring up quite the controversy in her native country, India, which is fairly conservative.
Critics are already speaking out against the appearance.
“At a time when innocent women across the nation … have been subjected to sexual abuse and humiliation, one wonders if Sherlyn Chopra’s pictures wound a woman’s integrity,” media commentator Gayatri Sankar told the Daily News. “Isn’t it an irony that on the one side, as common women strive hard to safeguard their modesty, the Sherlyn Chopras encourage voyeurism?”
Indians not keen on the coming photo spread have no one to blame for the feature but Chopra. The sultry temptress wasn’t wooed with big bucks by the magazine to make headlines or promote diversity– she proposed the idea to them herself!
“I have become the first Indian to pose naked for Playboy,” Chopra told the BBC, “and nobody can take away that achievement from me.”
Reports indicate the magazine is planning to feature her in November, proclaiming her the ‘Bollywood Goddess Sherlyn Chopra.’
Playboy is illegal in India, where Chopra is still based. In fact, in many parts of the Asia/Middle Eastern region, the magazine is banned, which will certainly hamper the exposure of Chopra’s pictorial in her most lucrative territories. Playboy is banned in China except for Hong Kong, censored in Japan, and banned in Indonesia.
Apparently, widespread as this news is, Chopra has yet to pitch the plan to her toughest critic yet: mom.
“My sister is proud of my achievement,” Chopra told BBC. “I haven’t told anything to my mother, but I think I will visit her and tell her that she has to accept me the way I am.”
I can think of one Bollywood Bombshell who stands a good chance of being grounded this weekend!