Hayley Hasselhoff says that she wore her own lingerie in historic 'Playboy' shoot because they didn’t have her size

Kerry Justich
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Hayley Hasselhoff is sharing more about her experience shooting for Playboy Germany and opening up about how although she made history as the first curve model to appear on one of the magazine's European covers, she did so in her own lingerie because of lack of inclusive sizing.

"There’s still a long way to go when it comes to availability for fashion," she said on the Tamron Hall Show on Thursday. "When it came down to actually fitting my figure in this lingerie, it’s all me. It came from my wardrobe."

The 28-year-old model, actress and body positive advocate went on to explain that she didn't expect to use her own pieces, however, she had them in her luggage from traveling to Paris where the photoshoot took place. When she arrived on set, she found out that the stylist had accessories for her and not much else. "It wasn’t like I aimed to just have these pieces, these pieces really do travel with me," Hasselhoff said. "At the end of the day, I’m so used to it and it’s sad to say that I’m used to going onto set and sometimes not having the right pieces of availability because of my size. But I think that’s why we’re here today."

Speaking out about what happened is another way that Hasselhoff aims to make change within the fashion industry.

"We are making this movement to be able to represent more size inclusivity and to be able to make it the norm so there is more availability out there for fashion and beyond. Not only the message that it gets to relate to women and their self love and in their journey, but also it relates the message back into the fashion industry that the average size woman in the world is a 14, 16," she explained. "So it’s about time to kind of get onto the bandwagon over here."

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Still, Hasselhoff managed to turn the situation on set into a positive one. "To be honest with you, it made me feel more confident and comfortable on the set anyway because I already felt good in these pieces. And I’ve done a lot of research beyond the years of growing up as a curve woman with a bigger bust and having to find the right brands that have availability for my size that are also sexy and beautiful," she said. "My manager was running to the hotel to grab more pieces from my wardrobe. We made it into a fun and positive moment."

Hasselhoff is no stranger to conversations about size inclusivity, body image and wellness. She even started an Instagram series called "Check in With You from Hayley Hasselhoff" focused on mental health with conversations about the difficulty that many have faced during the pandemic — something that she said impacted her self confidence when it came to the magazine cover.

"I’m so proud of you for celebrating your body in the here and now during a global pandemic," Hasselhoff said in praise to herself. "You have to remember, it challenged even my idea about radical acceptance. We were in lockdown in London and then obviously I traveled over to Paris during lockdown in Paris, and it was this idea of I’m so proud of myself for wanting to celebrate myself in such an artful way. And what I hope from this cover is that women, people are able to then want to be able to celebrate their body in whatever way feels most authentic."

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