“Dancing With the Stars” pro Karina Smirnoff unveils her tightly toned body in a series of photos in the May issue of Playboy that leaves little to the imagination.
The iconic men’s magazine features Smirnoff in a classic Playboy spread. Smirnoff is both nude and scantily dressed in lingerie against the backdrop of what could be the Playboy mansion.
Playboy founder Hugh Hefner announced Smirnoff’s appearance in the magazine himself over Twitter.
Initial reports said Smirnoff’s decision to pose nude caused an uproar at ABC, which bills “Dancing With the Stars” as family entertainment.
But she told them about the shoot in advance and will suffer no repercussions, according to followup reports.
The photos are standard Playboy fare, heavily airbrushed, and artistically posed.
Karina is paired with ’80s “Karate Kid” star Ralph Macchio on the show and they are one of the top contenders.
For his part, Macchio said he will likely forgo looking at the photos.
“Karina and I have an older brother / younger sister relationship,” he said in a recent interview. “And when you look at it that way, checking out her Playboy spread would just be wrong.”
The magazine will hit newsstands in May while the current season is still airing.