In the latest from Page Six, it has been suggested that Kate has commissioned photorealist Chuck Close to create a painting based on the spread, which was supposedly shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. While reps from the magazine have yet to confirm the rumors one way or another, we can’t help but think that the chances of a collaboration between the supermodel and the artist are ranked high in the realm of possibility. For one, if true, this wouldn’t be the first time that the two have worked together. In 2003, Close shot the then new mum for W magazine using his signature daguerreotype style, creating a series of six nude and completely unairbrushed photos that later sold at auction for nearly $132,000. Considering that the super’s Playboy debut will coincide with both her 40th birthday and the publication’s 60th anniversary, it seems even more likely that Kate should want to celebrate her au naturale work with a bit of an artistic flair— a route she’s proven as accustomed to as posing in her birthday suit!
In the meantime, Kate isn’t slowing down her cover roll any, albeit staying a bit more covered up in the process. This month, the British beauty can be found looking rather Brigitte Bardot-like on the fifth and final cover of Vogue Australia‘s ‘Model Series’ collectors edition issues, which has seen the likes of Lara Stone and Miranda Kerr in recent months! Hailed ‘Forever Young’ by glossy from down under, the ageless super appears as just that, donning nautical stripes and tousled ’60s locks for the youthful cover shot— no doubt a far cry from whatever it is that Playboy has in store for us come 2014!