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Blog Cabin: Ashley Harkleroad poses for Playboy

Posted on: June 23, 2008 6:35 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2008 7:56 pm
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With the start of Wimbledon, I’ve been hearing a lot about Ashley Harkleroad, and her decision to pose in Playboy. I remember when the story came out, but it definitely didn’t register in my mind as a story that would remain on the international radar.

I guess I was wrong.

The commentators during Harkleroad’s first-round, straight-set loss spent half the match talking about the 23-year-old’s decision to pose naked for Hugh Hefner’s money. One of the old, crotchety-sounding woman commentators even said the move “wasn’t classy” and that she should “take some heat”.

Seriously? What’s the big deal? What do you care?

Harkleroad isn’t exactly a household name, and it’s not like she’s going to be winning majors any time soon... or any tournament for that matter. Unfortunately for her, she’s on the downside of a mediocre career.

That being the case, I don’t blame her one bit for posing in Playboy. I’ll stop short of calling it a “classy” move, but let’s be honest; it’s really not that bad. If the pictures were in black and white and taken by a guy in a beret, then we would all be calling them art. I mean, people have been carving and painting nude bodies since the beginning of time.

Why is it OK for a bunch of snooty aristocrats to sip wine while remarking about nudes in a gallery showing, meanwhile it’s considered dirty if someone decides to use a little color and puts the picture in a magazine full of politics and news?

I would never say that all adult magazines are the equivalent of art, but Playboy is probably about one step more risqué then a swimsuit calendar... and it is meant for adults, after all.

There’s a definite double standard here.

After taking some criticism, Harkleroad echoed a similar sentiment. “I really didn't think it was that big of a deal,” she said. “I'm proud of my body. I stay in shape and try to stay fit. I'm just trying to represent a female athlete and her body.”

Good for her. And, if she can pull in a few hundred thousand to do it, then why not? It’s a good business move for someone in her position.

I think Ana Ivanovic or Maria Sharapova would make the same move in they were a bit worse with the racket... and I’m sure they both have standing, multi-million dollar offers to do so.

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Since: May 16, 2008
Posted on: June 24, 2008 10:15 am

Blog Cabin: Ashley Harkleroad poses for Playboy

No bid deal, haven't we seen this before with Anna Kournikova? The attractive player who never won a thing but was more recognized for her modeling. She probably helped bring more attention to the womens game than anbody else at that time. Now that womens tennis is more exciting than the mens this might get critizied more than it would in the past harm and definitely no foul!!!

Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: June 24, 2008 9:22 am

Blog Cabin: Ashley Harkleroad poses for Playboy

hey  it is her body let  her deicide what to do with playboy but she makes a lot of money on tennis with the playboy it will add a extra income for her but let her decide it is her body

Since: May 2, 2008
Posted on: June 23, 2008 10:14 pm

Blog Cabin: Ashley Harkleroad poses for Playboy

I'm gonna have to agree with you on the Harkleroad issue. Playboy is no more offensive than a coffee table book at this point and if Ms. Harkleroad wants to make some quick cash before her "fame" completely erodes - why not? She barely merits a footnote in the pantheon of U.S. Womens tennis and she certainly won't be remembered for anything she did on the court.

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