Playboy model gets probation for body-shaming 70-year-old woman

Playboy model Dani Mathers, who was Playmate of the year in 2015, has been sentenced to three years probation for body-shaming a 70-year-old woman.VIDEO: REUTERS
Dani Mathers (centre) is facing invasion of privacy charges for taking a picture of a 70-year-old woman in an LA area gym locker room and posting it online along with disparaging remarks.
Dani Mathers (centre) is facing invasion of privacy charges for taking a picture of a 70-year-old woman in an LA area gym locker room and posting it online along with disparaging remarks. PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - A Playboy model who secretly took a picture of a naked 70-year-old woman at a gym and posted it on social media with a snide remark was placed on three years' probation on Wednesday (May 24).

Dani Mathers, the magazine's 2015 Playmate of the Year, was also ordered to perform 30 hours of community work as part of a plea deal.

The 30-year-old drew a storm of criticism after she posted the picture on Snapchat in July of last year.

The photo showed the naked woman from behind at a Los Angeles area fitness centre with a mocking caption that read: "If I can't unsee this then you can't either."

Mathers was banned from LA Fitness gyms following the incident, which prompted a public outcry and raised questions about body shaming, especially on social media.

She apologised for her action after posting the picture, saying in a tweet: "I'm sorry for what I did. I need to take some time to myself now to reflect on why I did this horrible thing."

She said she had meant to send the image in a private message but shared it publicly instead.