Former BEVERLY HILLS 90210 star Vanessa Marcil has stripped down for a racy magazine cover - to show off her weight increase since becoming a mother.

The sexy actress had resisted numerous offers to show off her body in the pages of various magazines over the years, but after embracing her new fuller figure she decided to accept an invitation to grace the cover of MAXIM's June (05) edition.

She says, "For the last 10 years, basically, I would never do a bathing suit scene, I would never wear lingerie on the any of the shows I've ever been on. I would never do magazines like (Maxim), I've turned down Playboy a bunch of times.

"And then I had my son KASSIUS three years ago, and I stopped working out, I stopped eating perfect... and I just kind of wanted to focus on being a good mom and other things in my life.

"I gained 15 pounds and I got kinda curvy and I just felt like it was nice to be comfortable with my body and it felt liberating to take my clothes off because I wasn't obsessed with trying to look perfect. I now think that women should have curves. I think that curves are hot."

17/05/2005 02:47