There was apparently a time when Audrina Patridge aspired to be more than just Lauren "L.C." Conrad's The Hills gal pal.

The 22-year-old Los Angeles, CA native posed nude when she was 19-years-old in an attempt to appear in Playboy -- and while the photos never made it into the magazine, they recently surfaced on the celebrity blog What Would Tyler Durden Do.

"I took these photos years ago when I was just out of high school and beginning to model. I was young and very trusting of others and I didn't know to protect myself," said Patridge in a statement released by her representative and obtained by  "It is a lesson learned, for myself, and hopefully for the young girls who look up to me."

The images include Patridge appearing topless while wearing a school-girl skirt and knee-high socks; standing in a hot tub wearing nothing but a cowboy hat; and being completely naked while in a swimming pool.

Sources at Splash News told What Would Tyler Durden Do that Patridge "had had enough of posing for bikini shots."

"She was determined to go ahead with it, even though she was warned to wait and see how her modeling went before doing topless stuff," the Splash News source told the celebrity blog.  "She was always comfortable in front of the camera and wasn't shy or nervous about doing a nude shoot."

Despite her comfort level, the pics never made it to Playboy.

"Looking at the pictures you'd say they were crazy to turn her down," the source told What Would Tyler Durden Do.  "She looks absolutely sensational."

Since she became a regular The Hills cast member upon meeting Conrad in L.A. during the MTV show's first season, Patridge has appeared scantily clad in Maxim.