Earlier this year Playboy reversed course by no longer publishing nudes in its issues after decades of doing so. The decision resulted in a flurry of headlines to be sure, but in the meantime across the Atlantic in France the publishers of Lui carried on doing what it does best, publish nudes. The latest double issue for December 2016 / January 2017 turns up the heat with a cover featuring none other than bonafide Lui cover girl Anais Mali photographed by David Bellemère. To hear Anais tell it, such a cover was once unthinkable, inexplicable as that sounds. Sight seen, there is certainly no question about her status on this cover, which appears to be quite literally smoking.

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Credits include: Publication, Lui December 2016 / January 2017; Title, “Les Quatre Fantastique”; Photography, David Bellemère at Artsphere; Styling, Elizabeth Sulcer at Lalaland Artists; Hair, Jennifer Yepez at The Wall Group; Makeup, Aidan Keogh at Honey Artists.

Anais Mali | Lui December 2016 / January 2017 (Photography: David Bellemère)

Anais Mali | Lui December 2016 / January 2017 (Photography: David Bellemère)