LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Katarina Witt’s Playboy photos were the first thing one judge for Dancing On Ice looked up after news was announced about her new TV role. Katarina Witt Playboy photos were published in the magazine’s December 1998 issue. To date, the Playboy pics still rank historically for the publication. They remain one of the few spreads that prompted a sellout of the magazine. But this week, her fellow co-star on Dancing on Ice tells news that he is still curious about the spread.
Katarina Witt posed for Playboy pictures in December 1998; but at that time, Hugh Hefner confirmed to news that his magazine had only sold out one issue in company history. That all changed by January 1999. Hefner reported to news that Witt became only the second celebrity to cause a sellout of an issue. While Lindsay Lohan’s own January 2012 Playboy pictures have been a commercial hit, they were nothing like the sensation by Witt years earlier.
Witt had posed for Playboy after a series of new television and film appearances. Two years earlier, she appeared in Jerry Maguire opposite Tom Cruise. She appeared in Princess on Ice, a German film. She even gave vocals for the film’s theme, Skate with Me. She appeared in two comedy episodes before the Playboy spread. And thereafter, she appeared in the film Ronin and the TV series VIP.
Witt has gone on to appear in various TV and film roles since. But this decade, she made news heading to reality TV. Katarina appeared on two seasons of Dancing on Ice for German TV. Now she is doing the same for the ITV version.
The 46 year old skater tells news “I’m going to tell it to the contestants as it is,” she says. “If I like somebody I will rave about them. But if I’m not happy with something I say it too.”
Witt tells news she is still happy with her Playboy spread. She was reportedly paid $1 million in 1998 for the spread. She became the first woman since Marilyn Monroe in 1953 to sell out the spread. The photos taken in Hawaii were all Witt’s idea.
“I did Playboy because I wanted to be provocative. The image of figure skating is so nice and clean and cute… I wanted to break that. I wanted to get away from being an ice princess. I wanted the pictures to be sensual and natural and that’s what they were.”
The skater is now anxious to do the ITV versions of the show. She tells the Mirror “I’m going to tell it to the contestants as it is. If I like somebody I will rave about them. But if I’m not happy with something I say it too.”
While she will have different tastes than Jason Gardiner, she tells news “I think it’s a good thing if this year’s couples have a strong bond and great chemistry. It makes their skating better and it’s really romantic.”
She joins Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean, Robin Cousins and Karen Barber. But host Phillip Schofield has his own preoccupation. “When I heard she was on the panel, I […searched] her and the first thing that came up was Playboy. It took me by surprise.” Katarina adds “I will be wearing more on the show than in that photo-shoot.”