Gail Porter was never paid for naked lads’ mag shoots – but doesn’t regret them

Gail Porter regularly flaunted her curves in 90s lad's magazines in the 1990s when she was one of the biggest TV personalities in the UK.

In one of her most jaw-dropping appearances in the magazines, Gail, who turns 50 today (March 23), posed nude on the front cover of FHM in 1999.

And a snap of her nude rear was even once beamed onto the Houses Of Parliament as part of a marketing stunt.

While Gail, who also appeared in Celebrity Big Brother, is proud of flaunting her curves, she claims she never got paid any money for her photoshoots, despite them giving her notoriety.

Gail, 49, told the Mirror in 2017: “I’d still do the lads’ mags – I had a great a**e – but I’d ask for cash up front as I never got paid to do any of them.

“The FHM I was in was one of the biggest-selling, so there must have been a bit of money off my a**e.

“I was quite proud of myself. Those pictures weren’t filthy and I didn’t think they were offensive at all, though everybody else seemed to.

“I don’t think dad has ever acknowledged it. Mum was not best pleased. Grandpa thought it was funny and bought a copy of the magazine, which was a bit weird.

“My brother was mortified as all his mates were buying magazines featuring his big sister naked, which was not cool for him.

"He said, ‘I went to someone’s house and there was a nude picture of you on the wall. It’s disgusting’.”

She added she'd "save money" when asked if she'd do anything differently in her life.

Gail also fronted Top Of The Pops, The Big Breakfast and Live & Kicking at the height of her fame in the 1990s.

The work offers were flying in when she hit the headlines in 1999 after her rear was emblazoned across the Palace of Westminster as part of a guerrilla marketing campaign.

Speaking of the spectacular stunt, Gail said: “It was only my bottom.

"They had to get rid of my nipple. Apparently it was offensive – unlike a 100ft a**e. I wish John Prescott had popped his head out where my nipple would have been.”

But work offers were hard to come by after she lost her hair suddenly in 2005 as a result of alopecia.

And after suffering money problems she was sectioned under the Mental Health Act for nearly a month in 2011.

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Speaking on Loose Women in 2017 she said: "That was about six years ago and that was the start of it because you can't pay your bills because a doctor is looking after you.

"I didn't open the bills, I just put them away. I'd had a breakdown, I'd lost my mum… so I put them under a pillow.

"If kids at home are watching, that is not a good idea!

"It piles up really, really quickly, my problem was I ran away from everything and it gets really worse.

"I don't have a huge amount of bills and I did enough that I couldn't pay."

Gail also revealed that she ended up homeless and had to sleep on a park bench in London's Hampstead Heath.

She said: "I had to make my bed on a park bench, it was ages and ages ago, I couldn't afford anything, I slept on a bench in Hampstead Heath."

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