Miss October 2011 Amanda Cerny is a well-traveled Playmate. Although she was born in Pittsburgh, she lived in five different states and spent most of her childhood in Florida.
Don’t let her beauty fool you: she can kick ass. Amanda received a first-degree black belt in karate at age 11. She also ran varsity track in high school while earning straight A grades. She studied international affairs at Florida State University and was a member of Kappa Delta sorority while at FSU.
Amanda began modeling at age 15. She originally only got into it for fun and didn’t intend to do it professionally. That all changed when Kelly Carrington, who went to the same high school as Amanda, became Playboy’s Miss October 2008. This persuaded her to send her own photos to the magazine. During her junior year at FSU she received a phone call that she had been chosen for a test shoot and a stay at the Playboy Mansion. She took a year off from school after being chosen Miss October 2011.
Amanda describes herself as “something of an adrenaline junkie.” She went skydiving for her 18th birthday and says she wants to try bungee jumping, zip lining and deep-sea diving. Amanda’s gone on a tour of Europe and has visited countries around the world, including India, Morocco and the Dominican Republic. She chronicles her overseas adventures both on social media and through a blog on her official website.
After becoming a Playmate Amanda used her newfound fame to help relief aid in Haiti. As part of her efforts she’s worked with the Timkatec, a youth homeless shelter in Port-au-Prince. She is also a chairwoman and founder of the Play Foundation, an organization that connects children with music in underprivileged areas. Being a Playmate provides Amanda with the opportunity to promote change around the world.
Besides her humanitarian work, Amanda is an active social media user. She’s made a series of health tip videos on her YouTube account. She’s also made a number of hilarious Vine videos and garnered over one million followers. Pop megastar Justin Bieber made a cameo in one of Amanda’s six-second creations.
Amanda was briefly romantically linked to comedian Dane Cook shortly after appearing in the magazine. She has appeared in a number of photo shoots since becoming a Playmate.