Former Centerfold, Filmmaker Dirk Shafer Returns To Playgirl

Back in 1992, Dirk Shafer was crowned Playgirl‘s Man of the Year—and then stunned readers by coming out as a gay man. (My, how times have changed.) He recounted his experiences as a closeted sex symbol in the mockumentary Man of the Year, which he wrote, directed and starred in. He followed that film up with the circuit-party flick Circuit and other roles.

Now Queerty has gotten confirmation that Shafer, currently a Pilates instructor, is returning to the pages of Playgirl 20 years after his debut. “Dirk will appear in a 16-page centerfold spread. He was also interviewed by his friend, actress Lucy Lawless,” Playgirl editor Nicole Caldwell tells Queerty. The magazine will officially hit newsstands on September 4.

Below is a little teaser reel of Shafer, 49, from his earlier centerfold days, followed by a more recent interview. Personally we like his look more now, but to each their own.