Crystal Hefner, the widow of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, wrote an emotional caption on Instagram celebrating “staying true to myself” on social media, discussing her choice to delete old photos and announcing that she has “removed everything fake from my body.”

“Over five years, my account has shifted from not always safe for work posts to my REAL safe for work life,” Hefner began the post. “I was living for other people before, to make others happy, suffering internally in the process.”

She discussed using her body to grow her following by saying “In short, sex sells. I don’t know whether I felt empowered by dressing scantily clad, showing cleavage, etc… or if I just felt it was expected of me or what… but now I can confidently and 100% proudly say, modesty is what empowers me these days.”

Hefner, born Crystal Harris, was a Playboy Playmate of the Month in December 2009. She has suffered from several health problems due to her breast implants and other cosmetic surgeries. In 2016, she announced that she had been diagnosed with Lyme disease and toxic mold due to her implants.

She once almost died from a fat transfer surgery in 2020 as well.

Hefner says that she worried about losing followers and her livelihood while making the transition and that she initially “tanked hard” at the start of posting less scantily-clad photos. She says she is “in the green” now and gaining followers consistently, and joked that “Now my women followers are giving the men followers a run for their money.”

She wrapped up the post by thanking her supporters for allowing her to stay true to herself, and that people following her can expect “insight into my past life, my new one, my travels, my health hurdles, lifestyle, you name it…” from her account in the future.

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