karina smirnoff playboyWe've been waiting for it since Hugh Hefner tweeted that Karina Smirnoff would grace the cover of Playboy -- and here it is.

The 'Dancing With the Stars' professional, who is paired with favorite Ralph Maccio this year, tells the magazine, "As a dancer I've always embraced my body. I'm thrilled to show off my strong, toned physique in the pages of Playboy and celebrate my sexiness."

"To me, sexy is the confident energy a person produces. Sexy is the comfortable feeling of being who you are. Sexy is not just having beautiful lips, legs and arms; it's beyond that. Sexy is soul," she adds.

Smirnoff goes nude inside the pages of Playboy, which of course we can't show you. (Even the cover was a little too racy for our family-friendly pages -- notice our censorship.)