Sherlyn Chopra Becomes First Indian Playmate
Would you consider posing for Playboy an accomplishment? It is, according to Bollywood starlet Sherlyn Chopra. In November, she will become the first Indian woman to appear nude in the iconic men’s magazine.
In an interview with BBC’s Hindi service, Chopra stated, “I have become the first Indian to pose naked for Playboy and nobody can take away that achievement from me.”
As the 28-year-old actress cashes in on her newfound infamy, a series of titillating articles and interviews have unremarkably been the subject of condemnation from critics, who accuse Chopra of undermining the fight for equality in a country many feel is rife with sexism.
Additionally, while Playboy bills Chopra as “Bollywood Goddess Sherlyn Chopra,” the actress is in reality more of a B-lister who has only appeared in a handful of flicks and probably best known as a contestant on Big Boss—India’s generic interpretation of the Big Brother franchise.
Playboy is banned in India, which may seem hypocritical considering it’s also the birthplace of the Kama Sutra, one of the most detailed authorities of sexual pleasure ever produced. On the other hand, India was ruled by the puritanical British Empire at the height of Victorian repression, which may account for it’s strangely bi-polar attitude towards sexuality.
In International Business Times, Chopra admits she has yet to break the news to he mother: “My sister is proud of my achievement. I haven’t told anything to my mother, but I think I will visit her and tell her that she has to accept me the way I am,” she says.
Is Chopra’s decision to pose for Playboy a shameless ploy for attention? Or is she simply taking ownership of her body and sexuality? You decide.