Jameela Jamil felt “extremely free” posing in menswear-inspired suits for an unretouched photoshoot for Playboy magazine.
The Good Place star also served as guest editor of the spring issue of the men’s magazine, in conjunction with her inclusivity movement I Weigh, and took to Twitter to share images from the spread.
In one shot, she’s wearing a black suit with a crisp white button-down shirt and studded black boots, while in another, the 34-year-old dons a white suit with a black turtleneck, with her dark brunette hair tumbling down around her shoulders.
The actress and activist shared the brooding images from the shoot on Twitter on Thursday, and told her followers that she wanted to create a “completely unsexualized” series of photos for the magazine, founded by the late Hugh Hefner, that traditionally features half-naked women.
“I wanted to be shot like a man,” she wrote alongside the snaps. “No retouching, hi res, loose, comfortable clothes and completely unsexualized. I felt extremely free.”
In the accompanying interview, Jameela candidly opened up about her struggle with depression and anxiety, revealing she didn’t even realise she was having a nervous breakdown because she “wasn’t crying all the time”.
“I wasn’t lying down eating ice cream under a blanket. It was a complete lack of emotion. It was a complete lack of care about myself, about other people, about anything,” she shared. “That’s what my breakdown felt like, that I wasn’t attached to anything or anyone.”
She went on to discuss her two suicide attempts, saying she’s now learned to live life to the fullest to show her appreciation for surviving.
“This is the deal I made with myself to put up with this s**t, to stay on this earth. I’m going to do it, and I’m going to make it an adventure and figure out who the f**k I actually am,” she added.
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