Michelle Trachtenberg, Maxim Cover

Maxim Magazine

"Revenge is best served 10 years later." That's how Michelle Trachtenberg put it to E! News today, as she talked about her Maxim magazine cover and how she felt posing for the lad mag.

The Gossip Girl actress was backstage at the Rebecca Taylor show at Lincoln Center today, and explained her motivation for getting nearly naked.

"It was a big challenge," says Trachtenberg, who's posing on the cover in a silky black, barely there number. "I'm not someone that's normally extroverted in my sexiness."

But she loves the end result.

"It was a really great experience, and I'm not gonna lie—for every little boy in high school that used to f--k with me and torture me and bully me, my message is 'How you like me now?' "

Trachtenberg, 25, tells us she finally has developed after being "completely flat-chested in school."

"The boys would say horrible things like, 'Oh, you can land a plane on your chest,' and 'Michelle are you a boy?' I was ridiculed," she says. "But now they're going to be buying a copy and keeping it in their bathroom. Revenge."

To prepare, Trachteberg says she hit the gym hard and cut down on her fave food: pizza.

"I probably cut out the pizza every single day, down to once a week. I showed it off, now it's back to pizza every day."

She enjoyed getting a preview of Taylor's clothes backstage, where she said her own personal fashion moment was when she attended the premiere of EuroTrip in a canary yellow Valentino dress that was "extraordinary."

As for fashion disasters?

"I've now learned just one animal print, not head-to-toe." And she's all about revealing her, um, assets.

"I show off my booty now. I got one—I'm not afraid of it," she says.

And now all those high school dudes can check out for themselves on any magazine rack.

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