Jillian Michaels, the ever-gracious star personal trainer on NBC’s The Biggest Loser, and who this blogger interviewed at the 2010 NFL Draft, announced 17 minutes ago on Facebook and Twitter that she was offered the cover of Playboy:
Here’s a day that I never thought would come… I got offered the cover of Playboy today. Obviously I decided to… http://fb.me/IL0k6X86
16 minutes ago via Facebook
What Michaels decided to do, and this blogger understands why, is turn down Playboy. But she made a mistake.
Unless they made a specific request that wasn’t something she should do, like pose nude, Michaels could do what she wanted and use Playboy as a platform. There’s no requirement that Jillian has to pose nude, and she can place her own conditions on the appearance, including a full interview.
For someone who’s a spokeswoman for women’s empowerment, that’s a large platform to have. One set of well-placed comments would make Jillian’s words the views of the day. And on that note, here’s the interview from the 2010 NFL Draft:
And even better, let’s say Jillian accepted with conditions, and Playboy rejected the request? Instant PR for Jillian’s message anyway plus, an opening to a discussion of Playboy’s role in the 21st Century.
All this space can say is it’s too bad, Jillian’s decision, but completely understood.