Regular readers are very familiar, perhaps more than they’d like to be, with Adriana Dominguez. She’s the third-year student at Brooklyn Law School who appeared nude in a video for Playboy TV. You’ve seen a lot of her [quasi-NSFW] in the pages of ATL.
We recently had an interesting telephone conversation with a source inside Playboy concerning Ms. Domginuez. Our source had this to say:
“This is really a non-story. So she posed naked while still in school — big deal. It’s not like she was getting triple anal!!!”
Guess that’s the “gold standard” of the porn industry. If you’re reading this over lunch, our apologies.
“This has no relevance to her bar admission. What bar would bother looking into this? All she has to do [to be admitted] is pass a test and not perjure herself.”
Our tipster thinks this is all much ado about nothing — a trumped-up story. And a story, our tipster speculates, that was manufactured by Adriana herself:
“Adriana wanted to get a little notoriety, sell a story. She was reaching out for fame…. [The New York Daily News] didn’t call her; she hired someone to call them.”
Very interesting. More from our source at Playboy, after the jump.
After the story hit the New York Daily News, which first reported it, Playboy reached out to Adriana. They offered her, um, greater exposure:
“We immediately got in touch with her. We told her, ‘If you think Playboy has been unfair [to you], we will give you an hour on the air, live on Playboy Radio, to tell your side of the story.’ But she turned that down, on the advice of her lawyer.”
Why did Playboy make this offer to Adriana? Had she complained to them about the experience? Our source says that she had not. But Playboy would not want Adriana to regret her participation in the show in any way:
“We wouldn’t want anyone to leave the Playboy experience with a bad taste in her mouth.”
Indeed. Presumably they keep Listerine handy on the set.
So why did Adriana turn down the offer of free airtime?
“We offered her an hour on Playboy Radio. No host, just her, telling her version of events. We would just screen the phones [for callers out to harass her]. But she declined, on the advice of her lawyer. Maybe she’s playing for bigger stakes.”
Like a book or TV deal, suggests our tipster.
Was Adriana paid for her participation in the Playboy TV show? No, says our source. But she was paid a modest amount by Andrew Einhorn, the photographer for whom she posed, for appearing in his book.
Oh yes — let’s clarify that. Here’s some background about the Playboy TV show that Adriana participated in (because some of the earlier coverage was confusing).
Andrew Einhorn is a professional photographer based in New York. He published a book called Happy Naked Girls — a high-end, artistic, coffee-table photography book — described on Amazon as follows:
The idea of a photographer asking New York women he meets randomly to pose nude for him is not exactly new — books with similar approaches include Peter Gorman’s Naked in Apartment 7, Greg Friedler’s Naked New York, and at a stretch, even Richard Kern’s New York Girls — but Andrew Einhorn does the job proficiently. Einhorn is in his late 30s, and according to his biographical paragraph, he lives in Manhattan and works as a photographer, videographer, editor and comedian.
The photographs are in black and white, taken in different people’s appointments. The women look like they are mostly in their twenties, with a few being slightly older. Each has about 8 or 10 photographs, most about 4″ x 6″ in size. Einhorn manages to make his models relax and there is often a sense of fun to the pictures.
Playboy heard about Einhorn, and they liked the idea of a photographer approaching random women and asking them to pose naked for him. So they decided to build a reality TV series around it.
Adriana Dominguez was one of the women photographed for Einhorn’s book, and featured as such in the Playboy reality show. That’s all. There was no sex in the Playboy TV video (or anything remotely close to it). It was just Playboy filming a photographer taking pictures of Adriana.
So is this all terribly overblown? Sure. But making mountains out of molehills — okay, they were more than molehills, as those of you who have seen them can attest — is one of our specialities here at ATL.
Earlier: Prior ATL coverage of Adriana Dominguez (scroll down)