Holly Madison Advises Prospective 'Playboy' Bunnies Against Posing Nude, Hugh Hefner Issues Statement About Her Book

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Holly Madison posed nude for Playboy on several occasions. She even lived in the Playboy mansion with the Playboy magnate Hugh Hefner. The former Girls Next Door star has a message, however, for young girls these days who are interested in following the same path she did all those years ago. She strongly advises against following in her footsteps.

"Girls talk to me all the time about wanting to pose, but these days I kind of advise against it," Holly Madison said while promoting her new book Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny. "It might seem like something fun and glamorous or rebellious and dangerous in your 20s, but guess what? When you're 30 or 40, you're not going to want those pictures floating around."

"You don't have control over them—someone else does," she continued. "They can bring them out of the archives at any time. You don't have creative control over what the pictures look like. It's just something people should think about five times before doing."

Holly Madison made news earlier in June when excerpts from Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny were released. She shares in its pages that she actually contemplated suicide while she was one of Hugh Hefner's girlfriends, and that he offered her drugs on more than one occasion. She also shocked many fans by saying she and Kendra Wilkinson were not friends.

"I don't regret it because I learned a lot from the situation," Holly Madison said of becoming involved with Hefner when she was in college. "There were some good experiences that came along with the bad and I love where I ended up today. That's what life is. You can't really end up in a good place without going through some crazy stuff, too."

She insists that her book wasn't written as revenge.

"I wanted a chance to just tell my story and talk about where I was coming from and kind of set the record straight because I feel like everybody else in that situation had the chance to do so and I never did," she said. "I was just the one who was quiet for so long."

Holly Madison admits there was a time in her life that she was in love with Hugh Hefner, and that she really wanted to marry him. She has no desire to even speak to him these days, however.

"I absolutely don't," she said. "After some years have passed, I don't really find him to be a very genuine person. I feel like if I were to get on the phone with him, everything out of his mouth would be PR b.s. I just have no desire. I don't even care what his reaction is to this. I'm doing this for me and I'm doing this so people can learn from my mistakes."

Hugh Hefner issued a statement to People magazine about Holly Madison's account of life with him in the Playboy mansion.

"Over the course of my life I've had more than my fair share of romantic relationships with wonderful women," the 89-year-old said. "Many moved on to live happy, healthy and productive lives and I'm pleased to say remain dear friends today. Sadly, there are a few who have chosen to rewrite history in an attempt to stay in the spotlight."

"I guess, as the old saying goes: You can't win 'em all," Hugh Hefner's statement concluded.

Today Holly Madison is a married mother of a little girl. She is about to be thrust back into that sort-of Playboy limelight, however. Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny hits bookstores on Tuesday, June 23rd.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.