The star of Kendra on E! – and the former star of The Girls Next Door, about life with Hugh Hefner in the Playboy Mansion – explains the situation on her blog.
"I AM on the December cover of Playboy," she writes, "but it wasn't from a recent shoot. The photos are from a shoot I did 2 years ago when I was still living in the mansion."
She adds: "I'm flattered to be on the cover again and as you all know Playboy has a very special place in my heart! I just wanted you guys to know I didn't recently pose."
Wilkinson, 25, says she wanted to clear up any confusion for fans who had seen her struggling on her show with the decision of whether or not to pose again.
After she got engaged in 2009, Wilkinson decided not to pose nude for Playboy again. "He gets really mad when I do stuff like that," she said at the time of her husband.