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We weren’t sure what to make of the news that Willa Ford would be portraying Anna Nicole Smith in an upcoming movie.

All we really knew about Ford was that she was engaged to a hockey player and had never dated Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Or so she claimed.

We were only recently made aware of the naked connections between the former Dancing with the Stars contestant and Anna, however: each has posed in Playboy. Now the casting makes perfect sense. 

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(Araya Diaz)

As you can tell, Anna Nicole Smith nude (above) was a common sight. Therefore, the film needed to star another female that’s comfortable in her own skin. Enter Ford. Only a few celebs have posed in Playboy, making the decision easy for producers.

It had to be Willa, Kristine Lefebvre or Tricia Helfer. They went with Ford.