Cara Zavaleta, Playboy’s Miss November 2004, hails from Bowling Green, Ohio. She got her start on Road Rules: South Pacific and later The Gauntlet, on which Road Rules and Real World alums faced off and hooked up while pursuing a cash prize. She went on to tour the country as part of a 10-month Reality Bar Crawl.
“We’ve been hosting ass-shaking contests, guest bartending, signing autographs, and hanging out with people,” Cara said during a pit stop at her Chicago apartment. “Bar owners want to hire us. I’m goofy, and I don’t take myself too seriously. I think people like that.”
Cara told Playboy, “I would probably never do Road Rules again. It was uncomfortable and an invasion of personal space. I told the producers I had claustrophobia, and they put us in this small RV. We were sardines in that thing. Every mission was scary.”
Bungee jumping aside, what really caught Cara off guard was the fan mail. “There were guys who worshiped me and wanted me to have their babies,” she said. “People wrote mean things because they thought I treated my on-screen rival, Abe, badly. Abe was an untamed animal from Montana, so it was hard for me to adjust to him. But you can’t take it personally.”
After Road Rules, Cara appeared on The Girls Next Door, Bridget’s Sexiest Beaches, and Playboy Shootout, and she hosted the series Get Out for HDNet.
When she’s not globetrotting for Playboy, Cara hopes to avoid the nine-to-five grind by starting her own fashion line. “I bought a whole bunch of beautiful yarn and two looms in Argentina, and I’m neck deep in weaving shawls and scarves that I’m selling,” she said.
But don’t count on Cara covering up anytime soon. “I love wearing next to nothing. Gauzy dresses are my favorites because they’re barely on you. I’ve never been intimidated being naked in front of people. I read a book called The Nympho and Other Maniacs by Irving Wallace. In it, women from the past two centuries talk about how they’ve gone against social standards in order to liberate future generations. That pumped me up.”
Cara told Playboy her turn-ons include “whispering in my ear, nice butts, and intelligence.” She’s turned off by “arrogance, sloth, and nail-biting.”