Karina Smirnoff, the 32-year old Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) pro and Ukrainian American professional ballroom dancer, is taking it all off for Playboy’s May issue. This season she has been paired with leader Ralph Macchio.
“I’m fearless and love the adrenaline rush,” the dancing pro, 32, tells Playboy, underscoring the point by posing nude in the May issue.
“Sexy is the confident energy a person produces,” she tells Playboy. “Sexy is the comfortable feeling of being who you are.” Source: www.people.com
Interestingly, she is the first DWTS pro to go nude for Playboy. The show producers weren’t surprised with the news, but did feel that it might hurt the image of the show.
She might be the first DWTS-pro to go nude, but not the first person from DWTS as co-host Brooke Burke and competitors including Kendra Wilkinson, Lisa Rinna, Pamela Anderson, Holly Madison and Denise Richards have appeared in Playboy.
Karina Smirnoff (born January 2, 1978) is a Ukrainian American professional ballroom dancer.
She is a five-time U.S. National Champion, World Trophy Champion, and Asian Open Champion. Smirnoff has won the title at the UK Open, is a three-time champion at the US Open, two-time champion at the Asian Open, five-time champion at the Dutch Open, and five-time US National Professional Champion. She has been ranked second in the world, and took second at the British Open Blackpool Dance Festival.
She is “the first woman to ever make the British Professional Final with three different partners”Source: en.wikipedia.org
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