“It’s been quite a giggle. i hope Catholics take it as a homage and do not get too offended. after all, it’s just a pair of boobs”
When the news broke that the Pontiff was hanging up his robes our ingenious editor couldn’t have tried to get TOWIE’s Lauren Pope on the cover fast enough. How perfectly fitting! What puns to be had! It was like Christmas, Easter, and erm, the end of Lent had come at once.
However readers, we fucked it up. We got our sexy girls muddled and called in Lucy Pinder instead. We joke, of course, but we’re sure you’ll love seeing Lucy in the sexiest papal gear we could find and we think you’ll agree – she’s a vision.
Like the 85-year-old Pope, Lucy is a veteran and divinely smouldered her way through the shoot, an almost beatific air taking over her pretty face at times as she clutched her cross and gazed, Madonna-like, into the distance – the very picture of papal perfection.
Nothing like a cassock and suspenders to get the pulse racing and no one can accuse Lucy of not throwing herself into character. “The papal shoot’s been hilarious,” she said. “A lot of people here have Catholic families so they’ve been styling me up going ‘Oh God my nan’s going to kill me!’ It’s been quite a giggle – I hope Catholics take it as a homage and do not get offended, after all, it’s just a pair of boobs! It’s just a bit of fun and tongue in cheek.
“I don’t think it’s offensive, it’s just funny. All in the best possible taste, really.”
But how did it feel to be the blessed one?
“We got the proper robe with all the buttons and that was my favourite thing to wear,” Lucy joked. “A full on robe, with a little boob out.
I was getting a bit of a God complex up there. But it’s topical isn’t it? It was either that or me dressed as a meteorite!” She was referring to the other big thing dominating the news: the giant space rock that smashed into Russia.
Lucy showing off her holy side isn’t just a happy coincidence though, it’s in light of Pope Benedict XVI handing in his resignation. It also coincides with loaded’s God’s Gift Model Search, launching this issue. And seeing as Lucy has taken to her new role as Pontifex Maximus, we thought it only fitting that she should be the head judge in the competition alongside a panel including the loaded team. Wannabe glamour girls can enter online or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The winner will land a year working for the same company as Danica Thrall, Rhian Sugden and, of course, Lucy. And we promise to feature the best entrants in the mag – the good and the bad.
“We need more blondes!” Lucy urged. “Anyone who wants to get into glamour modelling should enter competitions like this. That’s the best way because they’re the competitions that gauge whether or not girls are going to be popular. The best way is definitely not posting naked pictures of yourself on social networking sites! And if you can get regular work you can make a decent career out of glamour modelling. I like the title God’s Gift – it ties in with the shoot, however tenuously.”
Now 29, Lucy got discovered on a beach in Bournemouth when she was 19 after bunking off work with a friend to go sunbathing. A photographer snapped her in her bikini, the picture went into The Sun and The Daily Star, and before long she had herself a lingerie deal. She’s now celebrating 10 years in the industry.
She has been in demand ever since, especially after she made the decision in her early twenties to go fully topless. “It’s just a pair of boobs at the end of the day,” she told loaded. “And glamour modelling is great, you don’t have to starve yourself or be really tall. We’re more about celebrating all the different types of body sizes. If you look at Page 3 girls they’re all different shapes, big boobs, small boobs, it’s more of a celebration of women than the girls you see in fashion magazines – that’s more about showing off the clothes.”
“Just enjoy yourself,” is Lucy’s advice. “The best way to get into it is to enter a competition through a major magazine like loaded, you won’t be taken advantage of that way.”
Lucy’s done hundreds of saucy shoots and throughout the loaded gig was cool, confident, funny and up for anything. But where does she draw the line?
“I won’t take my knickers off,” she said emphatically. But after thinking about it for a minute, confessed, “Now that I’m getting older though sometimes I think should I just do it.”
Lucy has loads of exciting things happening this year, she said, including more TV work and maybe even some film opportunities. “I’ve been really lucky that I’ve been able to make a full-time career out of modelling. But there’s so many other things I want to do as well. There’s some stuff in the pipeline that I’m excited about so we’ll have to wait and see.”
Watch her, follow her on Twitter, come and worship at the Church of Pinder. “Bless you loaded readers, come and join MY religion!” was her parting shot.