PHOTOS: Marlène Schiappa Criticised over Playboy photoshoot



Politicians often find themselves in the spotlight, but a recent appearance on the cover of Playboy magazine by French Minister Marlène Schiappa has ignited a storm of criticism and debate. The 40-year-old feminist author and government minister has a history of stirring controversy, and her latest move has only fueled the fire.


Schiappa, who was brought into the political fold by President Emmanuel Macron in 2019, is no stranger to controversy and has frequently clashed with right-wing critics. Her decision to appear on the cover of Playboy, the American men’s lifestyle and entertainment magazine known for its risqué centerfold images, has raised eyebrows across France.


This marks the first time a female politician has graced the cover of the renowned magazine. While some have come to her defense, including French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne, many others have criticized her choice. Social media has been abuzz with opinions on this bold move.


In response to the backlash, Schiappa took to Twitter to defend her decision, stating, “I was just trying to defend the right of women to do what they want with their bodies: everywhere and all the time. In France, women are free. Whether it annoys the hypocrites and retrograde or not.”


The controversy has not only put Schiappa in the spotlight but also Playboy magazine itself. According to the magazine’s editor, Jean-Christophe Florentin, Schiappa’s appearance aligns with the magazine’s evolving image, emphasizing its potential as a platform for feminist causes. He described Schiappa as the most “Playboy-consistent” of government ministers due to her advocacy for women’s rights.


Schiappa, who identifies as sapiosexual, was appointed as France’s first Minister of Gender Equality in 2017. She has been instrumental in passing legislation aimed at combating sexual harassment, which allows for instant fines for offenses such as catcalling and street harassment. Her political career and activism have consistently centered around women’s rights.


In addition to her political roles, Schiappa is also an author, specializing in topics related to women’s issues. Her decision to appear on the cover of Playboy may continue to spark debate, but it undeniably adds a new dimension to discussions about feminism, politics, and the freedom of women to make choices about their own bodies.


As this controversy unfolds, the world will be watching to see how it impacts the ongoing discourse surrounding women’s rights and political representation.