Vashtie Kola has taken a step outside of her usual media coverage lane and provided the world a different kind of exposure vis-a-vis a “No Filter” shoot with Playboy magazine. Naturally she did it on her own terms, asking for and receiving creative direction of the shoot, which was lensed by Atisha Paulson.
In the feature, Kola spoke of growing up as a Tomboy, her preference for unisex clothing and also starting her label, Violette, in 2008. Announcing the shoot on Instagram, Kola wrote, “I never thought I’d be asked nor would I ever have considered before, but since @Playboy has gone semi-nude and allowed my creative direction…I fully-agreed.”
It’s funny, while Kola from the get go has been a reluctant sex symbol, she’s always had a big following of males who are very attracted to her not just because she was blessed with good genes and is actually gorgeous, but also because of the anti-siren, chick-in-kicks look and vibe that has been her calling card.
Though Kola’s name might not leap to mind when one thinks of the typical big-boobed, blonde Playboy Bunny, in fact that archetype is slowly fading into the sunset with young men more interested in women like Kola who not only seem real, but have their own lives and are bringing something to the table. And while quite a bit of convolution remains when it comes to men’s mags and women, we can say Kola on the pages of Playboy actually points to positive progress.