Bollywood actress Sherlyn Chopra first Indian woman to grace the cover of Playboy

Sheryl Nadler
Shine On
July 31, 2012

Bollywood actress Sherlyn Chopra will be the first Indian person to grace the cover of Playboy magazine when it hits stands, this November, reports the Hindustan Times.

And even though Chopra is hailing the racy shoot as a proud personal achievement, the star is taking some heat for her decision from critics in her own country, where the adult magazine is banned.

Also see: Topless NYC woman Moira Johnston on a crusade to exercise her legal right

"At a time when innocent women across the nation from Gujarat to Guwahati have been subjected to sexual abuse and humiliation, one wonders if Sherlyn Chopra's pictures wound a woman's integrity," blogger Gayatri Sankar writes on

But Chopra, who rose to fame through a series of bit parts in Bollywood films and who appeared as a contestant on "Big Boss," the Indian equivalent to "Big Brother," is undeterred by the criticism.

"I have become the first Indian to pose naked for Playboy and nobody can take away that achievement from me," Chopra tells the BBC.

"My sister is proud of my achievement. I haven't told anything to my mother, but I think I will visit her and tell her that she has to accept me the way I am."

Also see: Oxford amends centuries-old dress code to include LGBTQ community

Chopra tweeted a series of behind-the-scenes nude photos of herself from the Playboy mansion in Los Angeles, where the shoot took place, including one clothed version with Playboy founder Hugh Hefner.

"If u cannot put me on a pedestal,no problem....atleast do not take from me the joy n pride of my international accomplishment....." reads one of her tweets, posted shortly after the Playboy announcement.

Watch the video below to see some of Britain's biggest style icons.

What to Read Next

20 Photos of Bridges You'd Never Drive On

Would you ever drive over these?

How much can you actually save by refinancing?

Rates now at 3.11% APR 5/1 ARM- $250K for $972/mo. LendingTree's simple online tool to help determine how much you could be saving by refinancing.

The Best of Both Worlds.

The 2015 Dodge Challenger Classic design meets powerful performance. Meet the Dodge Challenger. Your day just got a lot more interesting.

Find Your High School Yearbook

View class yearbooks online free. Reminisce & buy a reprint today.

Navy Seal Flashlight Should Be Banned From Public?

Controversial classified military technology has just been released to the public. Get this flashlight before it's banned or runs out -limited supply!