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Hayley Hasselhoff Makes History as European Playboy’s First Curve Cover Model

Hayley Hasselhoff modeling on a city street
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Playboy Germany has a new cover girl – Hayley Hasselhoff, the 28-year-old daughter of The Hoff.

On Wednesday, the actress-model shared her sultry cover on Instagram, pointing out that she is the first “curve” model to grace the cover of a European edition of the magazine.

“I am overcome with emotion around what this cover signifies for inclusivity and its greater purpose towards female empowerment,” she wrote on Instagram. “I wanted to use this platform to express that you have the power to love your body without hesitation because of societies’ standards of beauty.”

Related: This is where beauty standards actually come from.

The daughter of Baywatch star David Hasselhoff and ex-wife Pamela Bach also gave a special shoutout to photographer Ellen von Unwerth who “chose to celebrate [her] body by shooting in this artful way.”

Hasselhoff’s Playboy cover also coincides with the recent launch of her mental health initiative, Check in With You, which encourages open, frank conversations about wellness in the time of COVID. “As someone who has struggled with anxiety, depression and panic attacks I know what it can feel like to feel closed off from society because of the fear of being judged on how we are really coping,” she wrote in an op-ed for Marie Claire.

See also: 8 ways to embrace your beauty, love your body and feel more confident.

She also shared her mental health struggles in her Instagram reveal. “My relationship with my body has always stemmed from my relationship with my mental wellbeing,” she wrote. “With May being Mental Heath Awareness month, I feel empowered to be able to wake up and know that I get to live unapologetically myself. I hope to inspire women to face their fears of the unknown and to lead a life of purpose in which your body does not define you.”

Although the model was “apprehensive” about posing topless in the cover shoot, seeing the gorgeous results eased any last-minute reservations she had. As she told the Daily Mail, “Everybody there knew it was for a bigger purpose and being able to showcase that women can be desired and loved no matter what shape or size they are.”


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