On the cover - uncovered

Art March 22, 2012 00:00

By The Nation
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The weather gets hot and celebrities on magazine covers start peeling off their clothes

It’s a rite of summer. Another one is gossiping about the half-naked celebrities.

Magazines’ spring-summer editions are a crucial test for a star’s popularity. Do the mags still want them on the cover? Do they want them in a bikini? How much will they pay for the peek?

The unofficial champ of the “swimsuit illustrated” set this season is actress Chermarn “Ploy” Boonya-sak, who’s on the cover of Dichan. She’s approached so often for this kind of “work” that she has to be careful not to overdo it.

“This is the first time in 10 years I’ve done a sexy fashion spread,” she says. That’s certainly not overdoing it, but we’d love to know how much money was needed to lure her to the Similan Islands to take off her shirt.

Decade or not, Ploy is among the younger swimwear-cover generation, whereas another actress, Penpak Sirikul, represents the “forever young” generation. She’s on the front of Touch and has everyone agape at how sensational she looks at age 50. Her nickname is Sao Song Pan Pee – the 2,000-year Woman.

Presumably some of the credit belongs to photographer Amat Nimitpark, who’s good with angles and scenery, but Penpak is incredible, and she’s not even a fitness nut.

“I’m into skincare but I don’t work out or do yoga,” she says (gym owners will wince). “I do all the housework myself, and I guess I have good metabolism!”

Praew has TV host Pavarisa “Whan” Phenchati on its cover, daring you to keep your eyes on hers. Still on the face? You can detect a little plastic surgery.

Okay, now lower: “I had to stop eating dinner so my tummy would be flat!” she complains, but the two kilos she shed didn’t come off her bust, which Whan insists remains natural. “This is what my mum gave me!”