Miss April 1995 Danelle Folta is a classic Midwestern beauty. The Dyer, Indiana, native is the youngest of six children. As the family baby she learned to love arguing and said she doesn’t give up until everyone else agrees with her.
Danelle worked as a model for six years before her Playmate pictorial. She traveled around Europe and Asia for photo shoots. She even landed a role on the TV series The Untouchables as a dancer trying to date Al Capone. She said of the role, “I was sort of a bimbo type, which is the opposite of who I am.”
After appearing in Playboy she continued to work with the magazine. She took part in shoots for Playboy’s “Sexy Girls in Sports” in 2000 and “Sizzlin’ Summer Nudes” in 2003.
She also helped create Playboy’s X-Treme Team, a group of Playmates who compete in extreme adventure racing. They participated in more than 70 events including the Gumball Car Rally, Boarding for Breast Cancer, and a 350-mile bike ride in Hawaii. They also competed in the Hi-Tec Adventure Racing Series. ESPN Magazine once named the Playboy X-Treme Team the sexiest team in sports.
The Playboy X-Treme team appeared on the reality show Eco-Challenge in 2001. Seven days into the challenge Danelle developed a fever, sprained her ankle, and contracted a bacterial infection, causing the team to drop out. Only 28 of the 81 teams to enter the competition remained when Playboy X-Treme left the show. Ten teams finished the race. Danelle’s struggles continued after the show ended. Her bacterial infection caused blood poisoning and sepsis. Doctors believed a partial leg amputation was necessary. But a series of antibiotics and skin grafts prevented that and Danelle recovered fully.
She continued an active lifestyle after her recovery. Playboy X-Treme returned to Eco Challenge in 2003. She also performed stunt work for the 2002 movie All About the Benjamins. She branched out into motion-capture work for the 2001 video game Return to Castle Wolfenstein. Clearly her bacterial infection didn’t slow her down.
Besides exercise, Danelle loves reading the work of Stephen King, Clive Barker, and other horror writers. She might like horror fiction a little too much. She said, “My dreams are so crazy and scary. And I love to be scared! Should I tell you some of my dreams? You’ll think, ‘This girl is really morbid.’”