Nadya Suleman has once again grabbed the headlines. This time, the Octomom does it with some semi-nude photos as she goes topless for a paid interview with a U.K. Magazine, Closer. In an interview with Celebuzz, she confirmed that her financial situation forced her to do the revealing photo spread, but was quick to point out, "It's more a celebration kind of thing."
"Well, I got the opportunity from my manager and I said no at first," said the 36-year-old when explaining why she agreed to pose in only nude panties. "Then I thought about it for awhile and I realized, you know we are destitute right now. If I wasn't in the situation I'm in I wouldn't even fathom doing something like that. It's not conducive to my morals and values, but the way I rationalized was it is the truth."
"You know, this is a woman's magazine," she further reasoned. "It's not a men's magazine, which I perceive to be exploitative and over sexualized. This is more of a celebration of a woman's body - particularly after having one child, let alone 14. I think all women should have the confidence and inner strength to be okay with themselves and to express themselves and love themselves and be confident." She added, "And of course, I needed the money. That's the primary reason. That's mainly it."
Suleman further stressed that she didn't do nude photos. "I said no to nude, it wasn't nude, it was topless and it was me covering my private areas," she insisted. "I have underwear on the whole time. It's really when you think about it, I am showing no more than when I did the bikini photo shoot, which I also haven't seen [laughs]. So I don't feel it's inappropriate."
The mother of 14 continued, "I am absolutely not ashamed whatsoever. I was kind of proud that nothing had to be airbrushed. I was hiding my tattoos in the underwear and a little make-up on the tattoos and that's it. I was proud of that." When asked if any of her children has seen the photos, she responded, "You wouldn't believe, I haven't seen one picture."
An attorney for Suleman also offered similar reason on why the woman who gave birth to octuplets in 2009 posed topless for Closer. "She's not doing well. She's struggling financially and she does whatever she can," Jeff Czech told The Associated Press on Tuesday, March 27. While the lawyer remained silence on how much Suleman was paid for the photo shoot, TMZ claimed she received $10,000.