Is Lindsay Lohan's nude, Marilyn Monroe-inspired pictorial in Playboy a desperate ploy for attention from a trouble-plagued star?
Not so, the 25-year-old actress tells the men's magazine, in just-released quotes from her interview. (The cover and interior shots were leaked online earlier in the week, prompting the mag to move up the release date.)
"Sex and sexuality are a part of nature, and I go along with nature," the Mean Girls star says of her in-the-buff photos, which are an homage to the late Monroe's own iconic Playboy spread.
"Knowing yourself and your body is so important because it gives you confidence, and in life, women need confidence."
In the leaked pics, Lohan wears just a pair of a pumps, with her blonde locks in retro-style waves and with her lips a bright shade of vampy red.
"It's a very male-dominated world to begin with, so knowing yourself and being comfortable with your body is an important thing for me as a woman. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but this is mine."