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ATL’s New Pen Pal: Oona O’Connell, Lawyer Turned Playboy Model (Part 2)

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There should be a law — against this kind of hotness in a U.S. law school classroom!
As you may recall, lawyer cum Playboy model Oona O’Connell was not pleased by our prior coverage of her. She recently sent us an angry email, taking us to task for publishing malicious gossip.
Our response to Oona O’Connell, followed by her reply, after the jump.

We responded to Oona O’Connell’s email as follows:

Dear Ms. O’Connell:

Greetings. Please call me Dave. Thanks for your message!

I think you’ve misconstrued the nature of ATL. We poke fun at people, sure, but it’s all in good fun. None of this should be taken seriously or personally — it’s completely frivolous.

I’m happy to hear that you’re enjoying life and doing your own thing. I know exactly what you’re talking about, since I’m not exactly following a conventional path either, having left the law to work as a blogger. So I say more power to you! There aren’t many of us who have the guts to go off and do our own thing.

Your email is great, and I think it would benefit a lot of people to read it. Would you mind if I were to reprint it in the pages of ATL? (I’m asking because I treat all emails I receive as confidential; if I want to publish something with someone’s name attached, I ask first.)

Thanks again for your message. Hope all is well!


We were relieved to receive this reply:


ok fine i guess i’m not really mad anymore. I have to say that there were some comments to your article that were quite funny!

it just struck a sensitive spot to see supposed law school colleagues throwing in their two cents, since my time at UM was filled with outlandish lies and rumors, most of which had no basis in reality, and even though you try to ignore those things it can really get you down sometimes. And people can criticize me, my work, whatever, that’s fine, but I do NOT appreciate comments about my family, that is private.

I also have to say I am kind of fascinated by the whole debate. To me, Playboy is art. I know lots of people think nudity is a big deal, but I just don’t. I love to hear people going back and forth between the whole “she’s liberated!” “no, she’s exploited” kind of thing. I’d be very interested to hear other peoples’ thoughts on this. What I love about my work is that every job or shoot is creative process where I can help create something beautiful.

I started modeling to pay the exorbitant fees charged by UM Law, but I ended up graduating early to model full time because I love it. Playboy was one of my first modeling jobs ever, and while I have moved away from the whole glamour/sexy thing into much more commercial and fashion fields, I still am very proud to have been a part of the Playboy family.

If you look up the work of almost any fashion model (and I am talking fashion, not nude or porn, think Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, anybody) you are bound to find, at the very least, topless images.

They may shot in a more editorial/artistic than a glamour (sexy) style, but they are there. I think when your profession is based on your appearance, naked boobies or whatever are just not really a big deal.

Anyway, you can reprint any of my emails. Although if you ever print any more pictures, can you please just ask me for them? The ones you used are soooooo old, it’s like someone printing your first grade book report and using it as an example of your writing. Thanks!


Wow, fabulous! And we did follow up with Oona O’Connell, who sent us several more recent pictures of her — including the one at the top of this post, and the one we used in this prior post.
We have a few more interesting emails, and a handful of additional pics, which we’ll post in the near future. So check back soon to get your Oona O’Connell fix!
Earlier: ATL’s New Pen Pal: Oona O’Connell, Lawyer Turned Playboy Model (Part 1)
A Mini-Trend: Law Students in the Nude?

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