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  • 'Dancing With the Stars' hoofer Karina Smirnoff 'thrilled' to bare all in Playboy

    Karina Smirnoff’s Playboy magazine cover, with the dancer barely covered in a see-through mesh bodysuit and fishnet stockings, was revealed Wednesday.

    The 33-year-old “Dancing with the Stars” competitor posed fully nude in a 10-shot pictorial for Hugh Hefner’s publication in a spread he described as “unforgettable.”

    HOT PICS: Karina Smirnoff.

    “As a dancer I’ve always embraced my body. I’m thrilled to show off my strong, toned physique in the pages of Playboy and celebrate my sexiness,” Smirnoff told the men’s monthly.

    NSFW Playboy Cover After the Jump.

    The racy shoot was initially kept a secret and the magazine said they could not “divulge the name of the star who sheds her clothes” until Hefner himself tweeted about it earlier in April, causing an uproar.

    Smirnoff is currently competing on season 12 of the family-friendly ABC dance competition with frontrunner, “Karate Kid” actor Ralph Macchio. One of Hefner’s former girlfriends, Kendra Wilkinson, is also appearing on the show this season.

    HOT PICS: Kendra Wilkinson.

    ABC did not respond for comment when asked if Smirnoff had the network’s approval for the racy pics.

    The Playboy spread is not the first time the Ukrainian-born ballroom pro has stripped down — she flaunted her fine physique for a PETA advertisement in 2009, while a strategically placed hand of an unknown dance partner rested on her chest.

    “I’d rather dance naked than wear fur,” the advertisement read.

    Smirnoff is currently engaged to baseball player Brad Penny, who tweeted about his bride-to-be this weekend, “She works hard,” he wrote, adding “I’m really proud,” without articulating the specific source of his pride.

    Penny met the dancing star through a mutual friend, UFC fighter Chuck Liddell, and the two began dating in October 2009. He popped the question in November with a $95,000, 4.5 carat diamond engagement ring. The pair plans to wed this fall.

    In January 2011, Penny agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract with the Detroit Tigers.

    - Newscore

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