The day after being crowned Dancing with the Stars champion and winner of the coveted mirror-ball trophy, Brooke Burke’s past as a Playboy and swimsuit model is a hot topic on the Internet.  “Brooke Burke Playboy 2001” is one of the top searched terms on Google as of this morning.

Despite seeing Brooke Burke in next to nothing in many of her Dancing with the Stars outfits, it seems there are plenty of folks interested in seeing Brooke in nothing at all.  Brooke has been featured on the cover of Playboy twice, first on the May 2001 edition and most recently on the November 2004 cover.  Brooke’s 2001 turn in Playboy, when she was host of E!’s Wild On, features a full spread of the beauty lounging bare in hammocks, on beaches, and around various other tropical locales.

By 2001, Brooke would have been plenty comfortable both in the nude and in the tropics.  She got her start in the industry in the mid-’90s, when her now famous figure served her well as a model for Frederick’s of Hollywood Lingerie and Venus Swimwear.  In 1999 she took over the reins at E!’s Wild On, which found her party hopping all over the world.  As the host of Wild On, Brooke gained fame and notoriety, being added to “Hot Lists” by many men’s magazines, and also gracing countless fraternity walls and computer desktops.  Along with her Playboy pictorials, Brooke has posed for Maxim, Stuff and FHM.

We’re curious as to why Brooke’s 2001 Playboy pictorial is a more popular search than Brooke’s 2004 Playboy spread, because we happen to think this beauty has gotten better with age.  While Brooke has always been a stunner and certainly looks great in a swimsuit, we prefer the elegant looks Brooke donned for dances like the Quickstep and Fox Trot on Dancing with the Stars.  Now that Brooke is likely in better shape than ever from dancing hours on end, as well as chasing after her four children, and with her star ever-rising, we imagine there will be plenty of offers and interest in Brooke sharing that famous physique with Playboy again. 

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Abbey Simmons, BuddyTV Contributing Writer
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Abbey Simmons

Contributing Writer, BuddyTV