Former BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER star Charisma Carpenter has picked a public way to celebrate her newly svelte figure after giving birth - posing nude in men's magazine Playboy.

The stunning actress, 33, and her husband of two years, DAMIAN HARDY, welcomed their first child DONOVAN CHARLES into the world on 24 March (03), and Carpenter is now preparing to show off her slimmed down waistline.

A pal says, "She just had a baby and she's proud of how she looks. She went on a diet for the shoot."

And an insider tells America's US WEEKLY that Carpenter still found time to come to the rescue of others - even as she posed topless.

The source says, "A photo assistant fell and Charisma got up mid-pose - completely topless - to help her up."

11/03/2004 10:04