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New Zealand is getting to know Scott Brown in all his glory

Cosmopolitan magazine published a photo of Brown posing nude in 1982.
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Cosmopolitan magazine published a photo of Brown posing nude in 1982.

New Englanders are very familiar with former US senator Scott Brown’s past, er, modeling history.

Now, New Zealanders are starting to find out too.

Brown, who was previously considered for the veterans affairs Cabinet post, is now being considered to serve as President Trump’s ambassador to New Zealand.

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After finding out that Brown could very well be the next ambassador to their nation, at least one New Zealand newspaper picked up on his past predilection for posing.

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The New Zealand Herald, which appears to have the highest circulation in the country among local publications, posted a story this weekend with the headline, “Man tipped for US ambassador role in NZ a former nude model who supports waterboarding.”

The article briefly details Brown’s nude modeling past, and even includes a full photo from Comso’s 1982 centerfold.

“Brown has a more colourful past than most diplomats,” the article states. “In 1982 he nailed Cosmopolitan magazine’s ‘America’s Sexiest Man’ competition, with the former Army man then turning his hand to politics.”

Brown’s stint as a male model is widely known in Massachusetts and beyond.

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In a 2010 post, Cosmopolitan cheekily referred to Brown as “Scott Six-Pack,” and noted that he won “Cosmo’s 1st Male Centerfold Contest.” He appeared nude in the June 1982 issue, according to the magazine.

“In those days he was a 22-year-old law student at Boston College and even admitted to being ‘a bit of a patriot,’” the Cosmo post says.

However, the magazine hasn’t always been loyal to Scott: When he was running for a US Senate seat in New Hampshire, Cosmo endorsed Jeanne Shaheen, his Democratic opponent.

“Scott Brown may have been Cosmopolitan’s ‘sexiest man’ in 1982, but in 2014, we’re picking brains over brawn — and that’s Jeanne Shaheen,” the magazine wrote in 2014.

Danny McDonald of the Globe staff contributed to this report.