Press release issued: February 2005.
OUT OF THE BLUE – AND OUT OF HER CLOTHES!
DEBORAH GIBSON TAKES IT OFF FOR MARCH PLAYBOY
The original pop princess – Deborah Gibson – leaves behind her teen idol image and embraces her grown-up, glamorous side in a stunningly sexy, eight-page nude pictorial in Playboy’s March issue (the annual "Sex & Music" issue hits newsstands Friday, February 11).
The 34-year-old former teen queen, who sold 16 million albums beginning with 1987’s Out of the Blue and wrote such unforgettable bubblegum hits as "Only in My Dreams," "Lost In Your Eyes," "Shake Your Love" and "Electric Youth," will soon be hitting the charts again with a new single, the ironically titled "Naked." This time around, she is going to trade the "sweet-16 routine" for a more mature Debbie. "I’m not that girl anymore," Deborah told Playboy writer David Hochman. "I feel like I’m breaking all the rules."
Deborah’s rule breaking started long before she stripped for Playboy: "I was 19 when I first had sex," the songstress told the magazine. "I’m glad I grew up with the no-premarital-sex idea in my head, because it forced me not to grow up before I was ready. But once I discovered sex there was no turning back."
The Long Island native’s career as a Broadway stage actress has flourished for more than a decade with lead roles in productions of Les Misérables, Grease and Chicago, and while she admits that her pop music roots don’t place her among the coolest musical acts in history, it planted the seed for what was to come: "Britney [Spears], Jessica Simpson and all the rest will deny that they grew up on my music," Deborah told Playboy with a smile. "But I’m sorry. If you were living in the South when ‘Shake Your Love,’ was a hit, you were singing it with a hairbrush in your pink bedroom."