Ana Dias
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Passion in Paradise

Editorial

Meet the extraordinary Miss April 2020 Playmate, Marsha Elle, the first amputee Playmate ever to be featured in Playboy magazine’s 67-year history. “Modeling has helped me amplify my story and show other disabled people that we’re beautiful the way we are,” says Marsha. A singer-songwriter, legal eagle, motivational speaker, and model, Marsha Elle is a striking force. Coming from Haiti and now living in Miami, Florida, Marsha is making history in the pages of Playboy, sharing her astonishing inspiring story with us. “I was born with proximal femoral focal deficiency, a condition that affected how my right leg was growing,” she explains. “Throughout my adolescence, I received different treatments —including an amputation — and tried various types of prosthetic legs to compensate for the way my body was growing.” Like many teens, Marsha struggled with classmates, body image, and more, but it wasn’t until she went to an amputee camp at 16, that she found her community. “It was the first time I met anyone with my specific condition. I found people I could intimately relate to,” she says. “I was so inspired when I got back to Orlando that I wrote a song called ‘Unlimbted.’ Being at that camp was the beginning of accepting myself — I realized being different was a good thing.”
On location in Tulum, Mexico Marsha poses stunningly for Ana Dias‘ camera. “When Jameela Jamil asked me to be the April 2020 Playmate, I couldn’t help crying,” she says. “Never in a million years did I think I would be a Playmate. The world is becoming more inclusive, and it’s inspiring to know that I can help move the needle.”
Learn more about the beautiful Marsha Elle, through her pictorial, right here.

First published in Playboy Spring 2020 Issue
Also published in Playboy Croatia April 2020 Issue
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Model: Marsha Elle; Photographer: Ana Dias; Photography & Multimedia Director: Anna Wilson; Creative Director: Erica Loewy; Photography Assistant: Roger van der Veer; Styling: Jill Vincent; Makeup & Hair: Fareeza Ghani; Staff Photography and Video: Evan Woods; Photo Coordinator: Kristi Beck; Video: Filipe Figueiredo

 

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