Playboy cover girl makes history as first African model to pose for magazine

A former model and TV personality made Playboy history by becoming the first African beauty queen to grace the cover just 4 months after giving birth.

Irene Malin, 21, was invited to pose by respected photographer Veronika Marx for the 30th-anniversary issue of the Czech Republic issue, making her the first black woman of African descent to be featured over there.

The mum had given birth to her first biological child just 4 months before shooting and has been working hard to balance her modelling career and raising a family of eight children with her husband, the Canadian oil mogul, Sam Malin.

Speaking to the Daily Star, the former Miss Cameroon said: "Although a few other black women have been Playboy cover girls, notably Naomi Campbell who is one of my icons and whom I have worked with in the past.

"I am the first black woman from the African continent to appear as Playboy Czech Republic’s cover girl."

She went on: "I am proud to be a groundbreaking representative of Africa and African beauty especially in a country where women and men of African origin are a tiny minority.

"I see myself as a citizen of the world, my African heritage is my very foundation and I believe that by appearing in Playboy I raise awareness of Africa and of the confidence of African women. Being a Playboy Playmate, cover girl and centrefold is also important."

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The model who resides in Ingress Abbey, Kent described herself as a 'black Marylin Monroe' who she looks to as an icon.

Her feature was handled more tastefully than the usual content of the well-known lad's mag as she said it was important to her as a mother and wife.

She spoke of wanting to "inspire" other women to have more confidence in their post-birth bodies by doing the shoot just months after childbirth.

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Describing her own confidence, Irene said: "My confidence has evolved over time. Years ago I was more reserved whereas now, for the cameras, I could proudly walk nude down the street!"

The beauty has also has made cameo's in films such as Die Another Day and Ali G in Da House and was most recently featured in Channel 5 show, Billionaire Babies.

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