Lara Stone Is Suing French Playboy for Publishing Nude Pictures Without Her Permission

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Fashion models who have willingly appeared in French Playboy include Lily Cole, Lou Doillon, and Lydia Hearst, among a slew of others. Fashion models who have allegedly unwillingly appeared in the magazine now include Lara Stone. She's suing the magazine for publishing in the June/July issue photos — including some nudes — of her taken last year by photographer Greg Lotus. She says:


"Playboy had no right to publish these unauthorised photographs. It's not the kind of publication I would ever choose to appear in.

"I feel I have no option but to take steps to protect my reputation."

It should be noted that French Playboy is nothing like American Playboy. They publish shots of fashion models mixed in with interviews with top designers, rather than shots of greased-up, overly tanned breasts and vaginas with some short stories sprinkled in. And Stone has been shot nude for publications like W and French Vogue plenty of times — the woman is known for her breasts, and certainly hasn't shied from exposing them. She has also appeared in Purple, which has enough nudity to rival an issue of Playboy. If you Google "Lara Stone Purple," all kinds of naked pictures of her come up. So it can't be the nudity that she's upset with — the suit must be an image-control thing.

Model Lara Stone takes legal action over Playboy photos [Independent UK]