Bethenny Frankel Shares Untouched Nude Pic With Us

Celebrity News Dec. 19, 2009 AT 12:19PM
Bethenny Frankel Shares Untouched Nude Pic With Us Credit: Courtesy of PETA

Bethenny Frankel is no shrinking violet. The pregnant Real Housewives of New York star posed nude for a PETA billboard that was unveiled Dec. 15 in Manhattan's Times Square. Now, she's talking back to the housewives and other haters who have suggested that the butt-baring photo was heavily airbrushed -- and she's shared the photo evidence (the original, untouched image) exclusively with UsMagazine.com.

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"Everything I'm about is being honest and being upfront," Frankel, 39, tells UsMagazine.com. "So if people are talking and saying [the photo] was airbrushed...then, you know what? Here's the picture. Have it your way."

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The author of new cookbook The Skinnygirl Dish adds that she would "never, ever allow them to put up a billboard that was really far from the truth."

Now four months pregnant with her first child, Frankel disrobed for the shots on a Manhattan rooftop in September. Although she's never posed nude before, she says "I wasn't that freaked out about it. I don't know why. PETA has no interest in making me look sleazy. It was such an honor."

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As for the pregnancy? "It's been great. I haven't been particularly nauseous, and I get a decent night's sleep, which is refreshing. My boobs are big, but other than that, nothing's crazy."

Still, she confides that expecting a baby is a "weird" experience, "To be honest, being pregnant is weird. Whoever says any different is probably lying. It's a strange, strange thing."

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The dad-to-be is Frankel's fiance, Jason Hoppy. Although the couple announced their engagement in October, they have put off planning their nuptials until after Frankel gets through her pregnancy, a book tour, the third season of Housewives (which just wrapped shooting) and her new untitled solo reality show. "There's no plan whatsoever!" Frankel says.

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