Three weeks after 20 year-old Brit supermod Lily Cole raised eyebrows in London posing nude for the cover of French Playboy, comes word that Australia’s own blood nut bombshell, twentysomething Tiah Eckhardt, may be destined to bear all for the same publication. But while Cole’s appearance in nought but a pair of white socks and clutching a teddy bear was something of a departure for the Marks & Spencer model – sparking controversy, with conservatives calling for a boycott of the M&S stores – Eckhardt’s mooted Playboy debut should come as no surprise. While most Australian modelling exports have been making names for themselves with their clothes on, as it emerges, Eckhardt has been busy building her image as a buxom pinup, posing nude for at least four internatonal publications over the past twelve months. And a warning, this is definitely NSFW.
It was another Australian model, Stephanie Carta, who claimed that Eckhardt had scored the Playboy gig on her Carta blog yesterday.
And funnily enough, so far this year Eckhardt has appeared nude on the January cover of London’s Trace magazine (the only caucasian in a group of five nude women), Denmark's S Magazine (below) – in either two separate nude S editorials, or else two separate editions - and also in the August edition of Australian surf title Stab (pictured above ^).
In several shots Eckhardt poses full frontal.
warwick saint, S magazine/finn's place
And it’s not just the images which are risque.
In a small feature which accompanies Eckhardt's Stab picture editorial, which is titled “The Joy of Sex According to Tiah Eckhardt”, the Perth native tells the magazine in no uncertain terms:
“You could be trained to give a girl what could possibly be the most technically flawless fucking of her life, but if you don’t know what to whisper in my ear when you’re behind or how to look at me when you’re inside, then it doesn’t really matter.”
Tom Ford would probably love it. But then, Tom Ford isn’t helming a luxury womenswear brand at the moment.
Some might well assume that Eckhardt’s November 2007 gig with the notoriously raunchy British luxury lingerie label Agent Provocateur may have set the ball rolling.
Noted for its erotic advertising campaigns, Agent Provocateur cast Eckhardt in its Fall/Winter 0708 “Lady of the Manor” campaign.
Scantily-clad in the brand’s lingerie, in addition to a French maid’s outfit, Eckhardt appeared in a series of images and videos on the website, alongside Catherine Bailey, wife of British photographer David Bailey and Daisy Lowe (the stepdaughter of Gwen Stefani). Here is a behind-the-scenes video:
Eckhardt’s Agent Provocateur gig certainly seems to have sealed her repute as Australia’s latest sex bomb.
In June, AskMen.com ranked her the site’s number 9 in its Top Ten Agent Provocateur models, describing Eckhardt as:
“an Aussie with a little fire in her panties. In other words, she’s a blazing redhead who’s hotter than Texas chili...a mix of classic 1940s movie star, 1950s Varga girl and today’s rock chic... a red-headed version of Jane Fonda playing Barbarella”.
A little higher up on the same list were Lily Cole (#5), Dita von Teese (#3), Kylie Minogue (#2) and Kate Moss (#1).
However in fact predating the Agent Provocateur campaign was yet another nude Eckhardt editorial shot by Liz Collins for the May 2007 edition of French men’s magazine Paradis.
And some nine months prior to that, here is what Eckhardt reportedly said in the August 2006 edition of Harpers Bazaar Australia when asked if she is a gym junkie:
"i'm not a fan of any physical activity that doesn't end in an orgasm, so you won't find me in a gym anytime soon."