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Playboy’s April 2019 Playmate Fo Porter says it ‘felt liberating’ to go nude: ‘I wasn’t nervous at all’



Playboy’s April 2019 Playmate Fo Porter says it ‘felt liberating’ to go nude: 'I wasn't nervous at all'

Fo Porter, a former contestant on the hit reality TV series “America’s Next Top Model,” was ready to bare it all.

The model, who is Playboy’s Playmate for April 2019, said she was inspired by her pal Brook Power, 2017 Playmate of the Year, who was originally shot for the men’s lifestyle magazine two months post-pregnancy. Now, Porter is hoping her images will inspire others to not only embrace their natural figure but proudly flaunt it with ease, as well as love their so-called imperfections.


Porter spoke with Fox News about why she wasn’t nervous going nude in front of cameras, what she thinks of Playboy’s critics, and how she dealt with the pressures of looking perfect within the modeling industry.

Fo Porter said it felt liberating to pose nude for Playboy.

Fo Porter said it felt liberating to pose nude for Playboy.
(Ali Mitton)

Fox News: Were you nervous stripping down for Playboy?
Fo Porter: I couldn’t wait to get my clothes off *laughs*. My first nude appearance was for a Justin Timberlake music video called “Tunnel Vision.” It was basically the same year when “Blurred Lines” came out… I did an opposite music video when Justin Timberlake’s face appeared on my body. It was one of those experiences where I didn’t know I had that flame inside of me. And because it was done in such a respective way, I thought, “I want to be naked all the time.” I’m ready to flaunt this, respectfully and tastefully, wherever I can. But I wasn’t nervous at all, to be honest. It just felt liberating. And I was excited about that.

Fox News: What has this experience taught you?
Porter: That I’m human *laughs*. I started with, I don’t have a flat tummy. I gave myself a break. I think that’s what I learned. Giving yourself a break. And also, not being so serious. There was always this pressure that you had to look and be a certain way. But once I truly started being who I am – this dorky girl from Albuquerque –  I was able to open up and just be liberated. So it’s been great.


Fo Porter said she wasn't nervous stripping down for Playboy.

Fo Porter said she wasn’t nervous stripping down for Playboy.
(Ali Mitton)

Fox News: What does it mean to be a Playmate in 2019?
Porter: To be Playmate of the Year in 2020 *laughs*. But to me honestly, we’ve all seen the brand evolved. It’s no longer the blonde with the big boobs. And you can totally be that and comfortable in your own skin. But I also feel that to be a Playmate in 2019 is to be self-confident. Playboy wants to see new personalities, new faces, new body figures. I just think that Playboy, for me as a Playmate, is about being honest. I’m so honored to be who I am within the magazine. Being a Playmate today is being real. Being whoever you are.

Fox News: Some critics may say Playboy isn’t empowering, that it’s just a magazine with photos of naked women. How would you respond to those critics?
Porter: I think you haven’t read Playboy. I think was Hugh Hefner did was a revolution. I think he made it OK to talk about sex. … There was a time when it was scandalous to show your ankle. We’ve come so far from that. … Trust me, when Hugh Hefner passed away, I had friends who were making posts on social media saying this man exploited women. I never ever saw that.

I never felt it was a dirty magazine. I thought it was a liberating magazine. He made it OK to talk about sex openly. Hugh Hefner made it OK for people to freely talk about pleasure — there’s so much that came from it and I don’t think we would be where we are today in society if it wasn’t for a magazine like Playboy. But if you want to feel differently, to each their own. But for those who feel the magazine is liberating, I’m on that side.


Fox News: As a model, did you ever feel pressure to look a certain way?
Porter: I went through a really dark time when the industry made me feel like I was less than. And it was because, within myself, I just didn’t have that confidence to push through. That’s when I took the time to focus on myself. I got my certification in Pilates. I took a good year off so I can focus on myself. I got married. I grew out my hair. And I think once I stopped giving a f—, that’s when the industry started changing.

It’s becoming more and more welcoming. People want cellulite. People want rolls. People want freckles. People want diversity. But yeah, I struggled with that even three, four years ago. I struggled with my self-image. But I definitely feel it has changed in the best way possible. But it’s still an industry that’s still marketing, targeting. But I know where I stand. I know where my stance is with other people who view me. But I’m so happy it’s finally changing.

Fox News: You told Playboy your body changed unexpectedly since you started modeling. What happened?
Porter: That’s just womanhood. When you’re 19, you think your body is going to stay the same way as a 19-year-old. But it’s honestly so beautiful to see your body go through changes. Yes, it’s a tough thing in itself. Whatever is happening, is happening. I think it impacted myself and the way I saw other people. I stopped judging other models. I wasn’t so spiteful. The evolution of my body and the way it has grown, so to speak, is absolutely beautiful. I’m a totally new person from what I was just three years ago.


I felt beautiful. I felt confident in who I am and how I treat other people. I just feel so much more of myself than I ever been. And I love it. … My husband and I want to have kids soon, so I know that’s another step where my body will go completely haywire and I won’t know what to do with myself. But I have that trust that this is what’s supposed to happen. … Your body is the best instrument you’ll ever own.

Fox News: You were previously a contestant on Cycle 12 of “America’s Next Top Model.” What surprised you the most about being a part of that reality show?
Porter: That I could be a model *laughs*. I remember watching it and being like I want to be there. … it was always in the back of my mind. … My mother would go, ‘ANTM is having an audition, you should try it out!’ I went but I just thought, I’m not getting a callback. … Three months later, I was a final contestant. I never really knew I could be a model, I never knew I could get it. It was honestly one of the best experiences of my entire life. … It just made me feel like modeling was a possibility. And it was.

Playboy’s Spring 2019 issue is currently on newsstands.

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CNN’s Anderson Cooper mocks Trump for speaking in third person: He’s ‘not supposed to talk like Elmo’




CNN's Anderson Cooper mocks Trump for speaking in third person: He's 'not supposed to talk like Elmo'

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper closed his show on Wednesday night by mocking President Trump for his “unusual tic” of speaking in the third person, comparing him to the “Sesame Street” character Elmo.

President Trump spoke to reporters earlier in the day and attacked the Mueller probe as a “witch hunt.”

“We just went through the Mueller witch hunt, where you had, really, 18 angry Democrats that hate President Trump. They hate him with a passion,” Trump said.

Cooper cried foul on numerous fronts.

“Him! He is him! Why is he doing this?” Cooper asked. “Also, grammar aside for a moment, if he says ‘witch hunt’ one more frickin’ time, Glinda is gonna float down from Oz and tell Lee Greenwood to hit the yellow brick road because Dorothy has arrived with the Lion, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow. Of course, the Scarecrow doesn’t have a brain, but even if he did, the third-person-in-chief wouldn’t be worried.”

The CNN anchor then played a clip of Trump boasting about China’s respect of “Donald Trump and for Donald Trump’s very, very large brain” during a 2018 news conference.


“The president of the United States is not supposed to talk like Elmo… Speaking in the third person, it was a habit for President Trump long before he moved to 1600 Sesame Street,” Cooper continued.

He then invoked a 2012 tweet in which Trump congratulated himself for high ratings when he starred on “The Apprentice.”

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Chris Pratt ‘refused to audition’ for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ in the beginning, casting director says




Chris Pratt 'refused to audition' for 'Guardians of the Galaxy’ in the beginning, casting director says

Chris Pratt almost wasn’t Peter Quill aka Star-Lord.

Sarah Finn, the casting director behind 22 Marvel movies, revealed the shocking news while attending the “Avengers: Endgame” premiere in Los Angeles on Monday.

“[Director] James Gunn has been very generous about this in saying that I, to the point of annoying him, kept insisting that Chris Pratt was the guy for the part,” Finn explained to Variety before admitting that “Chris didn’t want to play the part and refused to audition.”


Chris Pratt, pictured here at the "Avengers: Endgame" premiere on April 22, 2019, initially "refused to audition" as Peter Quill aka Star-Lord in the 2014 film "Guardians of the Galaxy."

Chris Pratt, pictured here at the “Avengers: Endgame” premiere on April 22, 2019, initially “refused to audition” as Peter Quill aka Star-Lord in the 2014 film “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
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“I finally got him to audition and James Gunn said he didn’t want to see him, and that was really a challenge,” she continued.

Luckily, Finn was able to bring the two together and it all worked out perfectly.

“It was honestly one of those eureka moments that we talk about in casting when it absolutely feels right and you know it’s right. James turned to me within 10 seconds and said, ‘He’s the guy,'” she recalled.

Pratt first-appeared as Quill in the 2014 film “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Of the 39-year-old actor accepting the role, Finn said that “it was great when he decided that he was interested.”

Chris Pratt as Peter Quill aka Star-Lord in "Guardians of the Galaxy."

Chris Pratt as Peter Quill aka Star-Lord in “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
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“Now it’s legend. He’s the perfect person,” she noted. “But at the time we were embarking on a movie that had a raccoon and a talking tree, and a property that people weren’t familiar with.”

On Monday, Pratt stepped out with fiancée Katherine Schwarzenegger for the “Avengers: Endgame” premiere, marking their first red carpet appearance as a couple.

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Trump Fed pick Stephen Moore slams reporting from CNN, other media: ‘Pulling a Kavanaugh against me’




Trump Fed pick Stephen Moore slams reporting from CNN, other media: 'Pulling a Kavanaugh against me'

President Trump’s pick for the Federal Reserve board, ex-CNN contributor Stephen Moore, blasted the reporting about him from his former employer and other outlets Wednesday, accusing them of “pulling a Kavanaugh” against him.

During an interview on WZFG radio, Moore, previously a Fox News contributor, was asked about CNN’s KFILE reporting on various columns he had written from 2000-2003 in which he apparently mocked women’s involvement in professional sports.

“I was so honored when I got the call from Donald Trump but you know, all it has been since then is one personal assault after another, a kind of character assassination that has nothing to do with economics,” Moore said. “You know, my divorce 10 years ago, or something I wrote 25 years ago. They have six full-time investigative reporters looking into me at The Washington Post and the New York Times, and CNN.”

“I kind of wear it as a badge of honor, that they’re so afraid of me, that they want all these people looking into my past because they’re worried that I’m going to prevail here,” he continued. “They have not attacked me on my economic ideas.”


Moore agreed with the radio host that the coverage of him this week has been “National Enquirer stuff” and went even further: “They’re pulling a Kavanaugh against me.”

That was in reference to the hostile coverage Brett Kavanaugh, then a Supreme Court nominee, received during his confirmation process last year.

CNN KFILE senior editor Andrew Kaczynski responded to Moore’s attack, saying, “I don’t even know what ‘pulling a Kavanaugh’ means.”


“Look, when you’re a nominee or pick for a public administration, your record is going to get scrutinized. Things that you say, things that you did–those are going to be reported on,” Kaczynski said on CNN. “I know this morning he was referring to this as a smear campaign, covering comments he made about women, and covering things that he said in columns. That is not a smear campaign. That is reporting on his record. So, it’s a little odd that he finds just commenting things that he has done and said to be such a problem for him.”

CNN did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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