Vanna White has admitted to at least one major regret of her decades in Hollywood: Posing for Playboy.
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The star of Wheel of Fortune told the story to Wendy Williams some time ago. She said that during the ’80s — while White was struggling to make ends meet — she posed for a series of suggestive shots that years later ended up in the magazine.
“I did some lingerie shots, like we all do sometimes…back in those days, and Hugh Hefner bought the pictures,” White explains to Williams in a clip from their interview.
According to White, she was struggling pay her rent and felt embarrassed asking her family for money. It is a semi-common story that led to taking the photos which became quite valuable once she was on “Wheel of Fortune.”
When she found out she was to appear in the magazine, White begged Playboy founder Hugh Hefner not to publish.
“Hugh was my friend and he said, ‘Vanna, we are going to put you on the cover.’ I said, ‘If you put me on the cover, my career could be ruined,’ and they did it anyway,” White explains.
As the years progressed, White did not to Hefner, and hopes that her mistake could lead to others trusting “that little voice inside.”
“It was a great lesson. Don’t ever do anything that you think is wrong, listen to that little voice inside of you. I wish I wouldn’t have done it and I did it.”