“Well Hef always told me, he goes, ‘From Marilyn [Monroe] to you, I made this magazine for a girl like you.’ And I love him so much, he’s such a sweetheart,” she went on to say, explaining that she actually asked her oldest son’s permission to pose again (he was super excited for her).

Prior to being asked to do this most recent cover and inside spread, Anderson says, she didn’t think she’d ever do one again—assuming that the magazine was “sick of me,” as she said, and alluding to her battle with Hepatitis C (which she is now cured of) and her age (48).

Anderson was interviewed for the piece by none other than James Franco, and was photographed by Ellen von Unwerth. The historic issue will be on stands this Friday.

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