Wonder where Robin Thicke and his co-conspirators got the idea for their naked-women video for summer hit Blurred Lines? According toTreats! magazine, it was Treats! magazine.
Never heard of it? Join the crowd. It's a limited edition magazine, launched in 2011, that calls itself a "sensual fashion, photography, and lifestyle quarterly," which is a fancy way of saying it features lots of artsy photos of women in stages of undress.
But not Thicke himself, the man of the moment, who's featured on the cover of the fall issue in full dress and surrounded by naked women. Look familiar?
Thicke's ubiquitous hit, the catchy Blurred Lines, garnered a zillion eyeballs this summer because the racy video for it featured topless babes cavorting with the fully clothed Thicke singing the song. His collaborators, T.I. and Pharrell Williams, also fully dressed, approved of the not-suitable-for-prime-time video.
The pictures for Treats! are more of the same, although the women in the photos have taken even more off. Treats! says Thicke is a longtime fan and the magazine "inspired" the music video. How?
"When I was talking to my wife (Paula Patton) and her friends about the video they said, 'Do something like Treats! because you love it so much.' ...I wanted to give homage where homage was due. We wanted to pay it all forward about our inspiration from Treats! for the Blurred Lines video."
As he has been saying all summer, Thicke insisted the controversy over the video was overblown.
"All three guys in the video are married and have children...it was all tongue- in-cheek," he says. "We wanted to put everything in that was taboo. Bestiality, drug injections, etc. In fact, after the video was banned on YouTube, my wife tweeted, 'Violence is ugly. Nudity is beautiful.' We wanted it to be as silly and fun as possible."
As for the Treats! shoot, Thicke said he'd never done a photo shoot where the others in the picture were completely nude.
"It was very sexy and I like that," he said. "At first I thought, 'OK, let's just do topless'...but, again, my wife and her friends were like, 'No way...go all the way.' I think we definitely pushed the envelope."
The fall issue hits newsstands Sept. 16.