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STAR: LANA ASANIN

Lana Shrugs off 'Playboy' past

MANILA, Sept. 12 -- Revelations that international model-turned-TV star Lana Asanin once posed nude for Playboy magazine shocked the Filipino audience who apparently bought her wholesome personality hook, line and sinker.

In an interview, Lana said she never tried to hide the fact
that she had posed for Playboy when she was only 14 years old.

She said that at such young age, she had started modeling, touring Paris, Milan, Barcelona, Los Angeles, Singapore, Thailand and Hongkong doing fashion shows.

"I don't know. I'm just very simple and this is something
that was before and I wasn't really sure that's a big deal in the Philippines. I didn't know," she said.

The 22-year-old Lana was born in Germany and raised by her Yugoslav mother and Spanish father.

She admitted that her Playboy stint came as a shock to her parents when they first learned about it.


 
"Oh yeah. I didn't tell them because my parents are very conservative, like Filipinos. (They share the) same mentality. Of course they were, like, not very happy. But after that they
realized they were very happy," she said.

Lana said it was her agency in Germany that talked her into posing for Playboy. She was paid $20,000, which was considered a hefty talent fee that time.

"The reason, I think, why I said yes is because I was so
interested in i