The New York Times, July 2, 2000

    Week in Review
    For Money? Hey, I Did It For Me  

    By Bruce Kluger

    Last week, Playboy magazine published nude
    photographs of Darva Conger, the 34-year-old
    emergency room nurse who agreed in February to
    wed the self-described real estate baron Rick
    Rockwell on Fox TV's Who Wants to Marry a
    Multimillionaire? Their brief matrimonial union was
    subsequently annulled, unconsummated.

    In the wake of her television appearance, Ms.
    Conger assured the public that she did not intend
    to exploit her sudden celebrity by accepting the
    many offers that had come her wayincluding
    posing nude on a Web sitebut she seems to have
    changed her tune.

    "I've never had any problem with Playboy," she explains in an article that
    accompanies a 10-page romp along an undisclosed beach in the August issue. "It's
    amazing how comfortable I felt, maybe because everything was so professional and
    it was a natural environment....I'm not a voluptuous bedroom bunny, I'm an outdoor

    Sound familiar?

    "The pictures are beautiful and pure and natural. They're nude, but they still have a
    feeling of innocence."
    Katarina Witt, Olympic ice skater, defending her appearance in Playboy,
    December 1998

    "There is a sensuality in art, and I wanted to use nudity to create an art of
    sensuality....This entire experience has been a renaissance for me."
    Farrah Fawcett, actress, defending her appearance in Playboy, July 1997

    "This is my legacy. I wanted to look prettyfor the men in my life and for me. I was
    nervous, of course....but I walked up to [Playboy photographer] Steve Wayda and
    pulled up my shirt: Ta-daa!"
    —Joey Heatherton, entertainer, defending her appearance in Playboy, April

    "It was actually part of my reawakening. From my Mediterranean background, I'm
    very European in my thinking, and Europeans aren't judgmental. To them, nudity is
    considered natural. I strongly believe the human body should be celebrated."
    —Faye Resnick, figure in the O. J. Simpson murder trial, defending her
    appearance in Playboy, March 1997

    "There was another girl shooting the day I was at the Playboy photo studio, and she
    was perfect. But....I didn't hate her, I didn't feel jealous....We bring different things
    to the pictures. She brings beautiful breasts, and I bring O.K. breasts and lots of
    Nancy Sinatra, singer, defending her appearance in Playboy, May 1995

    "This pictorial has totally changed me....Playboy stripped me down to find the real
    —"Downtown" Julie Brown, former MTV celebrity, defending her
    appearance in Playboy, August 1998

    "I was shy. In fact, I was kind of a prude. I finally realized I had nothing to be
    ashamed of. I thought, why feel guilt about my sexuality? I'd been a child-woman all
    my life. It was time to be a woman."
    Dian Parkinson, ''The Price Is Right'' TV model, defending her appearance
    in Playboy, December 1991

    "I'm really proud of the work I've put into my body. I'm 41. When I was 21, I didn't
    look like this....Besides, my parents are never going to approve of what I do,
    Patti Davis, daughter of Ronald and Nancy Reagan, defending her
    appearance in Playboy, July 1994

    "I know people are going to say, 'Why did you pose for Playboy?' Well, the answer
    is, I think the body is a beautiful thing. I know I was not supposed to have an affair
    with a married man, but I'm human, too."
    Tai Collins, the former Miss Virginia who claimed to have been involved
    with Senator Charles S. Robb, defending her appearance in Playboy,
    October 1991

    "These pictures are a celebration of a new life for me. A new beginning. For the first
    time in my life, someone took the time to ask, 'Jessica, what do you want?' No one
    had ever done that before, certainly not the church. Playboy did."
    Jessica Hahn, the former church secretary whose sexual encounter with
    the televangelist Jim Bakker led to the demise of his ministry, defending
    her appearance in Playboy, November 1987

    "I had the most fun when I posed with a 60-pound Burmese python. I love snakes
    and wanted to do a shot all covered with them. I was disappointed that there was
    only one; I'd envisioned six or seven."
    La Toya Jackson, singer, defending her appearance in Playboy, March