This story appears in the June 2016 issue of Playboy. Subscribe

Every year at Playboy we have the difficult task of choosing the Playmate of the Year. Every Playmate of the Month is deserving of the annual honor, but we can only choose one. But every year someone stands out above the rest as truly exemplifying the Playboy brand and tradition. This year, that person is Eugena Washington.

Eugena is an accomplished model from California who first made her big break as a contestant on America’s Next Top Model. We named her our Playmate of the Month back in December, and now we’re proud to bestow her the title of 2016 Playmate of the Year.

“It’s a great time for this. The world is changing. I hope this brings different eyes to the magazine and new audiences,” says Eugena. “This is a story and a chapter in my life to build around. I’m enjoying the ride, and right now I’m doing whatever I want to do, day by day. That’s how I live. That’s what my life is about. As long as I’m doing what I want to do, I’m happy. Right now, being a part of Playboy is what I want to do.”

Obviously as Playmate of the Year, Eugena also appeared on the cover of the June issue of Playboy, her second cover for the magazine. Here’s what the front of the magazine looks like this month:

Fashion photographer Jason Lee Parry captured Eugena in her Playmate of the Year pictorial for the June issue as well. He found ways to capture a seemingly normal day in her life as she chills around a house and pool.

You can see the full pictorial in the June issue of Playboy, which hits newsstands on Friday May 20th. You an also preview some of the images right here on You should also definitely check out this behind-the-scenes video from Eugena’s Playmate of the Year photoshoot:

In addition to the print images, Playboy’s Digital Photo Editor Marya Gullo also worked with Eugena in a website exclusive photoshoot. Obviously, you should check these out as well, because there’s really no way to have too much Eugena in your life.

Marya Gullo

You can check out all of our content featuring Eugena on our 2016 Playmate of the Year page on