Colleen Marie, Playboy’s Miss August 2003, has zero attitude, a homegrown allure, and a self-deprecating sense of humor that instantly puts you at ease. Born Colleen Marie Dwyer, she was raised in Dallas and lived in Baton Rouge for eight years while studying veterinary medicine at Louisiana State University.
“I’m not a Southern belle who’s like, ‘Could you fetch me my coat?’ Though I do prefer my tea with ice in it,” she told Playboy. “I have one older sister and our dad raised us like sons, so we did all the outdoor chores and went fishing with him.”
In fact, Colleen’s tomboy ways persisted even after she blossomed. “I blended into the walls and got teased a lot at school, which made me realize in the eighth grade that I had to start brushing my hair. I never felt pretty until people told me. I was in college, and of course, it went straight to my head! A year later I got it under control, and that’s when I started to model.”
Even with a busy schedule of modeling jobs, Colleen achieved her dream of becoming an animal doctor in 2002. “I am so fortunate to be able to do two things I love this much,” she said. At the age of 24 Colleen drove across the country to share a home with her sister in Las Vegas. “My sister and I don’t have any attachments and had never lived west of Texas, so we wanted to experiment,” she said. “I work for one of the better-known exotic vets in town. We see rats, snakes, ferrets, lizards—anything and everything. There was a traveling freak show that had an act featuring a tarantula, and it ripped off one of its legs. I handed it to my boss and said, 'It’s all up to you. I don’t do spiders.’ We glued its wound shut and gave it an antibiotic injection. Then we were invited to watch it perform.”
Colleen shared a few tips on how to express your own animal attraction. “Don’t stand behind me and scope me out for 10 minutes, because I’ll see you doing it and it’ll make you look like a dumbass,” she said. “Pickup lines can be amusing, but it’s a scary place to go if you’re not that funny. You can pretty much do anything wrong and I’ll forgive you as long as you’re honest. Also, I like guys with big, girly eyelashes. It’s a total jealousy thing because I have none. I wear makeup only when I go out for a big night with the girls or when I’m modeling.”
Colleen is turned on by a smart, honest guy with good manners, a sense of humor, and green eyes. And he also has to like her dog. She’s turned off by “lying or cheating, being late, chewing with your mouth open, and showing off.”
She confesses to having a few body piercings, though she won’t say exactly where all of them are. “I have a split personality—the doctor side and the fun side,” she said. “I try to make it a good mix.”
After working with Playboy, Colleen appeared on a siblings episode of Fear Factor. In 2006 she competed in the World Series of Strip Poker, and in 2007 she appeared in the horror film Witchmaster General.