The New York Times, July 2, 2000
Week in Review
For Money? Hey, I Did It For Me
By Bruce Kluger
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 way—including
posing nude on a Web site—but 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
"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,
"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 pretty—for 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,
"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