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Arctic Sunrise Protester Poses For Brazilian Playboy Six Months After Being Released From Russian Prison

One of the Arctic 30, Ana Paula Maciel, bares all.

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Maciel was aboard the Arctic Sunrise last September to protest drilling for oil, when the ship was boarded by soldiers carrying assault rifles who rappelled from helicopters and seized by the Russian government.


Those on board the ship became known as the Arctic 30 as they were put in Russian jail and accused of criminal acts.

AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky

Starting in November, many of the activists were granted and freed on bail.

Ana Paula Maciel was the first to be released from custody on Nov. 20 after Greenpeace paid her bail.


Above Ana Paula Maciel is greeted by her grandmother Ignez Maciel after arriving at Salgado Filho International Airport in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on December 28, 2013, weeks after she was granted bail by Russia.

The idea for the Brazilian activist to pose for Playboy was mentioned by a fashion photographer, André Sanseverino, to Maciel's lawyer when she was still behind bars, facing criminal charges.

At first Maciel rejected the idea, but apparently had a change of heart while doing time, according to Vocativ. When Muciel was released in November, she met with Sanseverino in Brazil.

"André said I was an attractive woman, and I also took care to keep in shape, working out at the gym," she said to Vocativ.

"I talked it over with the [Greenpeace] crew," Maciel said. "Everyone backed me."

She said the other Greenpeace activists encouraged her: "Go ahead and do it. Do it really well and do something good with the money."

It has not been revealed how much Maciel made for the photoshoot, but she said she plans to use the money to fund her dream to start a wildlife shelter for birds and other endangered Brazilian fauna.

"I have invitations to speak in Brazil about environmental sustainability and wildlife preservation," Maciel said when asked what her future holds. "I might do that for a while, depending on the fallout from the magazine. People recognize me in the streets now and tell me how much they support what I'm doing."

Maciel also said she isn't too worried about criticism over the spread. "I'm not worried about false moralism," she said to Vocativ. "We live in a culture where nudity is accepted. Besides, if Globeleza can dance naked on television, why not me?"

Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.

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