Dancing Star Karina's Nude Playboy Layout Revealed - Will ABC Deem It a Racy Misstep?

Dancing With the Stars pro Karina Smirnoff has uncorked one of her boldest moves yet, posing for the cover of the May issue of Playboy — as well as nude inside.

Though DWTS would seem to relish any publicity, there was some talk that Smirnoff’s decision to go au naturale for the gentlemen’s magazine would bite her in the butt. “She can kiss her dancing days goodbye,” one unnamed source told a gossip blog, which also quoted an “ABC insider” as saying that since the network’s top-rated reality series is “a cash cow… they are not going to allow its reputation to be soiled.”

Yet any suggestion that ABC was blindsided was countered by what one show source told People.com — that Smirnoff’s bosses “did know ahead of time, and they still gave her one of the best pairings” for the current season.

Peruse Smirnoff’s (SPOILER ALERT: REVEALING!) Playboy cover, then read on for why she decided to doff her duds:

“As a dancer I’ve always embraced my body,” Smirnoff says in the story accompanying her nude, eight-page pictorial. “I’m thrilled to show off my strong, toned physique … and celebrate my sexiness. To me, sexy is the confident energy a person produces. Sexy is the comfortable feeling of being who you are. Sexy is not just having beautiful lips, legs and arms; it’s beyond that. Sexy is soul.”

Is Karina your first pick of the Dancing pros to pose for Playboy? And do you think she should be penalized for parlaying her fame from a relatively family-friendly program into something so provocative?

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22 Comments
  1. Whimsical says:

    No, I would’ve rather Anna posed.

    And of course she shouldn’t be penalized for posing for Playboy. The idea that she should is silly and perpetuates the ridiculous idea that the naked human body is somehow scandalous; an attitude we should’ve left behind long ago.

  2. Lucia says:

    Brooke Burke, the current host of Dancing with the Stars, posed for Playboy. And we have had both Kendra Wilkinson, current contestant, and Holly Madison, previous contestant, who have famously been in the magazine. Let’s not forget former contestant Pamela Anderson, who has been in the magazine numerous times. So it would just be hypocritical of her bosses to kick up a fuss. This seems to be a non-story.

    • Reena says:

      Agree with everything you said…why have contestants on who in the past have posed for playboy…had sex tapes (pam anderson, kim kardashian) and then give her the boot for posing…if they do I hope she raises hell…on a side note does anyone know where that teddy she is wearing from its HOT!!

    • Reena says:

      Agree with everything you said…why have past contestants who have posed for playboy…had sex tapes (pam anderson, kim kardashian.) on in the first place and then be angry that Karina posed now…if they do give her the boot I hope she raises hell…on a side note anyone know where that teddy she is wearing from its HOT…(also this might be a duplicate I dont know what happened to my first one it never showed up in the comments) :-)

    • Ginger says:

      Although I’m no fan of playboy and generally less so of the contestants who have come from the magazine it would be completely hypocritical to fire her for this when they have had referenced Hugh Hefner in the audience. I long ago gave up on this being a true family friendly show – after all there is always Bruno to bring us into the gutter.

  3. Jennifer says:

    I think it would be hypocritical of DWTS to penalize Karina when for several seasons, professional dancer Edyta S. basically strutted around their dance floor in nothing but a pair of leg warmers and a couple of sheets of toilet paper to cover her naughty bits.

  4. Apo says:

    ABC had dancing “celebrities” who at one time or another had less than family-friendly shenanigans. I think it’s ok for Karina to pose for an adult mag usually bought by non DWTS viewers. And hello? Professional dancers’ costumes are somewhat close to what Karina is wearing on the cover though the fabric is less sheer…

  5. Georgia Girl says:

    Most of the time, the ladies on “Dancing” are about as close to nude as one can be without actually being nude, so it’s really not that big a leap.

  6. TamIAm says:

    DWTS worried about one of its dancers being too risque? Really? Week after week, dancers wear revealing costumes and have their boobs pushed up to their neck. If they were really trying to keep it a family affair, I doubt they would have picked contestants who have either already posed for Playboy or been part of Hef’s harem. Agree with Jennifer – it would be extremely hypocritical if ABC suddenly threw a hissy fit about this.

  7. Corvidae says:

    Wasn’t the first American winner, Kelly Monaco, a Playboy playmate?

  8. darclyte says:

    I’m surprised that tvline.com didn’t “censor” the cover photo since the top is see thru. Not that I mind, hehe. I’m just surprised that it wasn’t censored, or at least given a NSFW tag.

    Kelly Monaco not only posed but posed VERY revealing. So DWTS has had several contestants who have posed and the co-host. Punishing Karina would be BEYOND hypocritical. The ONLY way they could get away with it is if she posed without running it past DWTS and ABC. The odds of that are pretty nil.

  9. Rob J. says:

    Oh. My. God. Her breasts are real — and, like
    Teri Hatcher’s, spectacular!
    .
    I wish I had something more constructive to add, but I don’t watch the show.

  10. Joe Key says:

    She looks more like a WWE Diva than a professional dancer. Pic is okay, I think strong is sexy, but the cleft in her chin is so distracting.

  11. simplyfla says:

    1. She is a dancer
    2. She is Ukranian
    3. She is hot
    4. Who cares if she poses or not. Playboy is almost a well known “home” name, as “classy” (lol) as it could get in the Porn/Nude artistry business as it gets. Hey, Hugh Hefner even went to the show to watch Kendra, former playboy bunny, and current DWTS celebrity dancer.
    IMO As long as you keep your children from looking at the pictures I say its no one’s business what contracts she makes outside the show. The responsibility of what gets to your home is the parents responsibility, no one else’s. I wont be buying the mag. bought it once for my boyfriend. Not a big deal. But as I said, you control what gets to your home. Posing for PB does not take away that she is a very good choreographer.

  12. Jocko says:

    Sluts, one and all. Perverts that read it too.

  13. PaisleyQ says:

    If you’ve got it, flaunt it. They are just photos and she is practically naked in those costumes anyway. Good for her, I think she is making a smart move. And she is, as others have pointed out, in good DWTS company now as a PB cover girl alum. Think of all the pay she lost with her early exits in the past few seasons …was she the poor soul who got stuck with Woz????

  14. PAboy says:

    Brooke Burk is one of hosts, she has been one of the most photographed nude women in the world…not to mention all of the contestants that have been photographed nude…Krupa, Monoo, Kendra the idiot, etc.etc.

    And to answer your question…I would rather see the following dancers/former dancers/contestants nude:

    Julianne Hough
    Kim Johnson
    Anna T
    Chelsea Kane
    Anyone but Cheryl Burke…she is fat mean and ugly

  15. SenseMastr says:

    I agree…and think that Cheryl looks like one of the fish in Shark Tales…she is disgusting.

  16. Charles says:

    Karina is a beautiful woman. Yes Brooke Burke posed for Playboy magazine. Since when has Dancing With The Stars been a family show. I believe the show is for an adult audience. The dancers dress very suggestively. I am not sure why there is any controversy. I am sure Karina and Brooke got paid to get nude. Takes allot of money currently to live in the LA area. Got to pay the bills.

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