She captured Hugh Hefner’s eye. She stole the hearts of Bruno Mars, Snoop Lion and a legion of fans. You may know her as Miss April 2012; may we introduce 2013’s Playmate of the Year Raquel Pomplun.

The 25-year-old Latina was named today during an exclusive luncheon on the grounds of the Playboy Mansion. Hef and Playmate of the Year 2012 Jaclyn Swedberg were on hand to congratulate Raquel, who, with $100,000 in prize money and keys to her PMOY car (in this case a one-year lease on a Jaguar F-Type) in hand, couldn’t contain her excitement.

“I can’t begin to describe how excited I am to receive this honor and be given the opportunity to represent Playboy as its first Mexican-American Playmate of the Year,” said Raquel. “Playboy has taught me a side of myself I didn’t know before. It’s been a year of wonderful surprises!”

The ravishing Raquel adds the PMOY title to her already full roster of biochemistry major, model, host of Blackbelt TV’s Rockin’ Rounds and cohost with Playmate Nikki Leigh of Playboy Radio’s Playmates Present. It’s obvious to us that Raquel is already a force to be reckoned with.

Raquel’s full pictorial, shot by renowned fashion photographer Michael Bernard, appears online May 17th. And may we say, this is not a shoot to miss.

This only leaves us with one question: what is the way to a woman of this caliber’s heart?

“Listen to your woman and you’ll make her happy.” Raquel, we’re all ears.