It’s been a crazy couple of years for Jennifer Vaughn. This Houston, Texas native was named Playboy Cybergirl of the Month of December 2012 and then suddenly found herself with the title of Cybergirl of the Year 2013, kicking off a whirlwind of travel and plenty of incredible photo shoots we’re sure you’ve been enjoying.

Before the Cybergirl of the Year 2014 is announced next month, we’re catching up with Jennifer to find out all about her time as CGOY. Last time we spoke you hadn’t yet been voted in as Cybergirl of the Year. What has the experience of being Cybergirl of the Year 2013 been like for you?

Jennifer: It’s been absolutely amazing! I’ve had the best year of my life. Winning CGOY was like winning the lotto. Between traveling all around the world, having the most amazing photo shoots of my career and so many incredible experiences I will never forget, I couldn’t ask for more. I’m truly blessed! Do you have a favorite memory from the past year?

Jennifer: I can’t just name one memory because I have so many favorite memories! Check out my incredible journey as CGOY on my Instagram to see everything that took place. If I had to pick one that stands out, I would say traveling to France. I had never been there before and it was beautiful. Do you get recognized in public often?

Jennifer: I get recognized in public quite often. It’s pretty wild, actually. The thing that always gets me is when people come up to me and they say my full name, “Jennifer Vaughn.” It’s a really cool feeling.

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Jennifer: My favorite shoot has to be “Ocean Blue. "We shot the set in La Paz, Mexico. The water was crystal clear and the pictorial came out beautifully. It’s a must-see! Did you travel anywhere exciting in 2013?

Jennifer: I traveled the world in 2013 as an ambassador of My travels brought me to Cabo, Mexico; Cannes, France; Montreal, Canada and all over the United States, just to name a few places. How do guys react when they find out you’re CGOY?

Jennifer: I can’t help but say this with a grin. They love it! Name your biggest professional challenge over the last year.

Jennifer: My biggest professional challenge this year was being thrust into the spotlight and dealing with the critics that come along with it. I had to learn to ignore them, stay focused on the big picture and embrace all those that supported me on this wonderful journey. What’s next for you?

Jennifer: I’m super excited about the future. I’ve really embraced my passion for photography and I just recently turned it into a career. One day I hope to be one of the renowned photographers that have the opportunity to shoot for Playboy! Now wouldn’t that be something? A top Playboy model turned Playboy photographer. Dreams do come true! What would you do differently?

Jennifer: I wouldn’t do one single thing differently. Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?

Jennifer: There’s one very important thing I would like to share, and that is my deepest gratitude for Playboy and all of my fans. Thank you so much for all that you guys have done for me. My life has forever changed for the best, and I have all of you to thank for that! I’m so happy to have been your Playboy CGOY for 2013. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did.

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