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Crystal Hefner: ‘Modesty Is What Empowers Me’

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Crystal Hefner: ‘Modesty Is What Empowers Me’

By Movieguide® Contributor

Crystal Hefner, Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner’s third wife, is opening up about her decision to turn away from her Playboy persona and start living a more “authentic” life.

“Over five years, my account has shifted from not always safe for work posts to my REAL safe for work life,” Hefner shared on her Instagram account. “The real me. I was living for other people before, to make others happy, suffering internally in the process.”

“As most of you know, I grew my following during my ‘Playboy’ years,” she continued. “Certain photos grow followings fast. In short, sex sells. I don’t know whether I felt empowered by dressing scantily clad, showing cleavage, etc …or if I just felt it was expected of me or what… but now I can confidently and 100% proudly say, modesty is what empowers me these days, and because it feels so much better internally, it will probably be this way for the rest of my life.”

 

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Hefner shared that she has “removed everything fake from my body” and deleted her old photos, which has helped her feel more like herself. 

“As I made this transition, I always thought… ‘Will my account survive?’ as I saw followers drop by the thousands every day,” she wrote. “Every day. I was watching the girls that had similar pages keep posting the same scantily clad stuff and growing exponentially while I tanked hard.”

However, as the days went on, Hefner found that her following was starting to grow again.

“Most days the count is growing. Now my women followers are giving the men followers a run for their money. Now I truly feel I have an army of supporters that care and see an actual soul behind the lens. For that I thank you. ⁣”

While many people perpetuate the lie that sex sells, Hefner’s personal experience just confirms that people are actually interested in wholesome clean content.