Hugh Hefner says he pushed for Lindsay Lohan to pose nude for Playboy magazine despite reluctance from her mother and other associates.
The 25-year-old actress appears on the cover of the January 2012 issue. In several other photos inside, she is topless and also shows her bare bottom. This is her first almost fully-nude shoot and the second that shows her channeling late Hollywood sex icon Marilyn Monroe following a New York Magazine pictorial in 2008.
"I think it was essentially mama and the folks around her that kept pushing for less nudity," Hefner, the 85-year-old founder of Playboy, told E! News. "And I said, 'We're doing a nude pictorial here. We're going to do it in a very classy way and we're going to do it in a way in which it will not be forgotten.''"
The actress' spokesperson told OnTheRedCarpet.com on Friday, December 16: "Lindsay's Playboy pictorial is absolutely stunning and will no doubt go down in history as one of the most sought after issues of the magazine. The shoot was a collaborative effort and everyone is very pleased with the result."
Lohan's mother, Dina, has not responded to Hefner's remarks.
"The pictorial and the concept for the pictorial came from me," the Playboy founder said. "She had done semi-nudes before. I wanted to do something that would be memorable. So what is more natural, since she is a huge fan of Marilyn Monroe, than do something that is a tribute to the red-velvet, Tom Kelley photo shot of Marilyn Monroe that was our very first Playmate?"
Lohan's acting career has stalled since a 2007 DUI and drug conviction. She has served several stints in jail after violating her probation, but on December 14 received a glowing review of her work in fulfilling its requirements (see video of her in court).
Hefner also said that he ordered for Lohan's pictorial to be reshot just before she began her latest jail stint on November 7 because he didn't find it flattering, according to E! News.
In her Playboy interview, Lohan talks about her personal turmoil, saying: "During the past five years, I've learned that time flies faster than you think, and because you only live once you have to learn from your mistakes, live your dreams and be accountable."
Check out Hugh Hefner's interview below.