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At one photo session, photographer David Chan told her she looked like a
tiger. She says that he tried to portray her as a "soft, sexy rocker" in the pictures
that will appear in the magazine.
In her photo she is surrounded by stereo equipment and Van Halen posters.
She's holding an electric guitar and wearing a black leather jacket and boots, a
garter belt, and in some of the photographs she has scarves draped around her.
Tina says that this style of picture is an experiment for Playboy.
"They wanted me to come across as appealing, but they wanted a different
look, which is the whole reason I believe they used me," Tina says.
She shows up for the interview dressed in a raspberry minidress with a drop
ped collar that buttons on the side of her neck, and black leather high-heeled
boots. Her voice is husky and deep for a woman's, and she speaks about her
modeling experience with candor.
Tina says that being chosen for Playboy helped to boost the low image she has
of herself. "I've always looked down on myself. It's been good for my self-confidence.
It's. something I can say I did with my life that's not average."
While many young women long to appear in fashion magazines, Tina's goal
was to model in Playboy.
"I think I'm more sexy than I am pretty. I'm not cute. I just want to be sexy
"I don't feel like high-fashion quality," she says. She looks off into space,
then moves her elbows together and props her chin on the back of her interlaced
"To me, it's flattering to be in Playboy. A lot of the girls in Playboy, body
and face overall, are prettier than the girls in Glamour."
Tina says she was going through a low period in January and she told her
friends that she wanted to lose weight and get into Playboy. This was two
months before the advertisements appeared.
She did lose weight. But between her constant exercising and her rigorous
diet, she starved her muscles to the point where she developed a type of tendo
nitis. While Tina was undergoing therapy to get her muscles back in working order,
a man in the therapy room asked her if she'd seen the Playboy ad. But she says
she didn't really take the idea of entering seriously until several friends also en
Her stepfather took the pictures, including the bathing suit shot, that Tina
sent into Playboy. About a week later, someone from the magazine called and
asked her to come to the interviews at the Holiday Inn in Chapel Hill. She says
that Chan took preliminary pictures of her and told her he'd calling in about two
"I got called two hours later." She also appeared on the news that night,
which prompted several modeling inquiries from department stores and an ar
tist. When she went to Durham the next day for the shooting, Tina says Chan ask
ed her to strip.
"I thought I had the guts to do it, but when it came right down to it, I had sec
ond thoughts. I felt self-conscious about my own body."
Tina adds that Chan was patient with her and allowed her to gradually strip
down to nothing.
She says she regretted doing it when she got home and had the chance to sit
down and think about it, because she disliked the idea of being judged totally on
Again Chan told her she'd hear from him in two weeks.
But when he called the next day, Tina says, "I was thrilled, I didn't regret
The final shooting in Raleigh lasted 10 hours.
"I thought it would be a breeze. I thought it would be fun, fun, fun. I was
Tina says they had to stop shooting several times when she suffered muscle
cramps and spasms. "I couldn't wait to go home and go to bed."
But during the shooting, Tina says she' was more concerned about how she
looked than what she was doing.
"I wasn't worried about what they were seeing, 'cause they've seen it all
before. I was worried about how mine looked. I'd wonder if the Snickers bar I
ate last night showed.
"I was too worried about how my body looked to worry about the connota
tions of what I was doing.
"I don't agree with hard pornography. But nude modeling is fine as long as
it's in good taste."
Tina says the only person who was upset by her modeling was her boyfriend.
"He threatened to break up with me if I did it. But I did it anyway, and then I
said, 'alright, break up.' He just looked at me and said, 'Well, I might.' " She
wrinkles her nose. "You know how guys are."
But apparently Tina's mother supported her decision to enter the competition.
"My mother," Tina begins, laughing. VThis is real funny. When I submitted
my application, I had written down the basic information they asked for on a
piece of notebook paper and asked my mother to mail it. Well, my mother took
what I wrote and turned it into to a sell-me-Tina story. My mother might belhe
reason I got picked." I
Tina does worry that the photo may affect her adversely when she's older, but
she expressed positive feelings about it. y
"Years down the road I could regret it. It could prevent me from getting a job
or embarass my family. But I'm only hoping that good things will come from
Tina says she would like to see the Playboy picture open doors for her to a
modeling and, eventually, a singing career.
"I'm really like a free spirit and can't see myself tied down doing everyday
"I've got something inside me that wants to come out and I'm not really sure
what it is yet. Music seems to release it.
"I don't want to be like anybody. I want to be as much me as I can. I want
people to pattern themselves after me."
By LISBETH LEVINE
Tar Heel Arts and Features Editor -
Scott Brown, a 23-year-old law student, has a lot in common with the "Girls
of the Atlantic Coast Conference" who will appear in the September issue of
As winner of Cosmopolitan 's first male centerfold contest, he posed nude for
the June 1982 issue of the magazine.
Like the women who will appear in Playboy, Brown had to decide if the
centerfold would jeopardize his intended career, embarrass his family and
friends and if it would ultimately bring him more grief than satisfaction. .
Brown was chosen by the editors of the magazine out of the 7,000 entries they
received. Without his knowledge, Brown's 16-year-old sister LeeAnn had
entered two photos of him in jeans.
Brown is a native of Wakefield, Mass. Until he won the contest, he had a con
ventional, even conservative, lifestyle. He graduated from Tufts University in
1981 with a degree in political science and history. He was captain of the basket
ball team. The next fall, he began his first year of law school at Boston College.
That spring, the editors of Cosmopolitan called him for an interview during
the final stages of the selection process. "They saw the initial photo and they
were impressed," Brown said. "We had a phone interview, and we hit it off."
A spokeswoman for Cosmopolitan said Brown was chosen over the others for
his outstanding personality and because he was well-spoken.
These aren't the usual qualifications that come to mind for the choice of a
nude centerfold. But at 6-foot-l and 175 pounds, with an athletic build and
thick dark hair and appealing brown eyes, Brown easily satisfies the other re
The photo that appeared in the magazine showed Brown resting on his elbow
in a horizontal position, but the placement of his arm and the crease in the
magazine block any display of frontal nudity.
He did worry that the centerfold might hurt his planned career in law, but he
finally decided that if Burt Reynolds had posed nude 10 years earlier, he could
So his modeling career began, with the $1,000 cash prize from the contest.
Brown soon discovered that modeling could be much more lucrative than put
ting himself through law school on student loans and the military pay he earned
in the National Guard, so he stayed in New York and signed on with the Sue
Charney modeling agency.
By the end of the summer he was working regularly. "I'm not making
millions, but I'm not dirt poor, either," he said in August.
By early January he had switched to the more prestigious Wilhelmina model
ing agency and said that he was averaging six paying jobs a week, which can vary
in length from one hour to a full day's shooting.
According to his resume, Brown has appeared in Jordache television commer
cials and has made guest appearances on more than 15 television shows; in
cluding P.M. Magazine, Donahue and The Today Show.
But Brown has by no means given up his goal to complete law school. During
the fall term, he said, he took 6 credit hours at the Cardozo Law School at
Yeshiva University in New York. He planned to take seven or eight hours this
His career goal still lies in entertainment law. "If I start doing very well in
television and commercials I might reconsider," he said, adding that he's open
to the possibilities of becoming a newscaster or talk show host.
. Brown described himself as level-headed. He said he tends to act like a lawyer
most of the time, even when he's modeling.
"I enjoy the money and at certain times I like the fame and the semi-celebrity
status that I've attained. But I don't get off on having my picture plastered
around the country. It really doesn't mean a thing to me. I mean, it's very flat
tering, but if it doesn't pay the bills, then what's it worth?"
Brown said he would rather hang around with his friends from law school
than with models and others in the business.
"In terms of an image, I don't play the role. I haven't changed in my dressing
too much." I mean I have nicer clothes, but I still dress somewhat conservatively.
I still think and read and act like I used to. I have more friends, but they're the
. same type of caliber.
"And I have a lot of good friends who always put me back down to size if I
get out of line.
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Much love, Helen."
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And although it was through her that Brown go
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