Tiffany To Pose Nude For Playboy

Pop singer Tiffany (full name: Tiffany Renee Darwisch) plans to show the world that she's all grown up with a pictorial in the April issue of Playboy magazine. "I became aware that the world still vie

Pop singer Tiffany (full name: Tiffany Renee Darwisch) plans to show the world that she's all grown up with a pictorial in the April issue of Playboy magazine. "I became aware that the world still views me as the 15-year-old performer I once was," the 30-year-old singer says on her official Web site. "I view my appearance in Playboy as the first step in presenting myself to the world as I am."

"I know that many of my fans look with great interest at my upcoming appearance in the April edition of Playboy magazine," Tiffany says on the site, which is in the midst of a redesign. "I will have much more to say on the subject in the weeks to come." The shapely figure she shows off in the magazine isn't all natural, however. The singer, who is married and the mother of an 8-year-old son, has had breast-augmentation surgery, her publicist said.

Tiffany reached the peak of her career in her teenage years after becoming a surprise hit singing at county fairs and shopping malls across the nation. Her 1987 self-titled MCA debut topped The Billboard 200 the following January. The set spawned the No. 1 singles "Could've Been" and her remake of Tommy James and the Shondells' "I Think We're Alone Now," and has been certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for U.S. sales of 4 million copies.

The follow-up, "Hold An Old Friend's Hand," peaked at No. 17 on the album chart, and has been certified double platinum by the RIAA.

In 2000, Tiffany released "The Color of Silence," her first U.S. album in a decade. At the time, she admitted to Billboard that, considering her past, releasing new and more mature music was not going to be easy. "The battle isn't the music; it's my name, my past, my history," she said. "Some people get excited at the prospect of something new from me, while others say, 'Oh, brother' -- and they probably haven't even heard the new songs yet."

"I'm not the same girl I was at 14," she added. "Why do I have to feel bad about being a pop artist, a mall queen? Everybody was digging it for a second. Why should I hang my head now? That was my start. That doesn't mean it's my finish. Now, I'm just proceeding, doing my thing."


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