She said she didn’t pose nude, but she came pretty close to it.
Felixia Yeap was the first Malaysian Playboy Bunny, and for a while she lived the scantily-clad life of a model — but on Thursday, her 28th birthday, she officially converted to Islam after a long discernment process, the Malaysia Chronicle reported.
In a soul-searching blog post, Yeap revealed the thinking that led her to Islam.
“Yes, I was a Playboy Bunny,” Yeap wrote. “[I’ve] done shoots in lingerie, bikinis and attires that are not exactly meant to protect my modesty… but really, all these achievements got me thinking of a woman’s worth.”
She had an epiphany.
“I believe I am more worthy than showing off my body,” she wrote. “I am MORE than this. I started to look for something deeper…a religion, a God, a better way of living life.”
She experimented with Buddhism and Christianity, she said, but ultimately was led to Islam through the hijab, a traditional Islamic head covering for women.
“I wanted to cover myself up more…be respected and known for who I am inside…not for how much flesh I am showing outside,” Yeap wrote. “The first time I put on a hijab was when I went for local telco company TVC casting… and I looked at myself, and I feel liberated…I feel so happy and protected…I feel safe.”
Despite her covering-up conversion, Yeap can still be seen in plenty of racy photos on the Playboy Philippines website, where she is touted as “Malaysia’s first and only PLAYBOY Bunny.”
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