Dani Mathers, Playboy’s Miss May 2014, described herself to us as “spontaneous and wild,” and she’s got the record to back it up. In her years with Playboy, she’s posed for several pictorials and videos, the cover of Girls of Summer, and also appeared on four of TV shows: Playboy Trip: Patagonia, Badass, Playboy’s Beach House, and Camp Playboy.
She’s petite at 5’1” and a hundred pounds, with blond hair, brown eyes and a couple of tattoos—a heart on her wrist and the words bella faccia (Italian for “pretty face”) on her foot. “I’m from a big Jewish-Italian family,” she said. “I was brought up playing in the mud, cheerleading, and playing volleyball, and I can’t seem to keep my mouth shut. I’m a bit of a Jane of all trades.”
Dani is a model and actress. She played Danica on The Bold and the Beautiful from 2005 to 2013. Here at Playboy she played the role of January 2013’s Cybergirl of the Month, and in May 2014 the top-tier role of Playmate. When we offered Dani the Centerfold, it was an opportunity she couldn’t pass up, and in two shakes of a bunny’s tail she became our Miss May 2014.
“Playboy changed my life,” she said. “I never thought that any of this would happen to me—the places I’ve gone, the people I’ve met—and I’m so grateful for the opportunity. Being a Playmate is the greatest moment of my career. It’s my dream come true! When I found out my shoot was in Cabo, I nearly died. It’s my favorite beach city. Put me on a plane, slap some oil on me, and I’m golden!”
When she’s not working, you might find Dani playing Call of Duty on the couch with the guys, but you’re more likely to find her having a sleepover with her girlfriends. “We get into the ugliest PJs we can find, pig out, take photos, and watch old movies,” she says. “I love my girly time.”
And when the mud mask comes off, so do the gloves. “I shoot guns,” she said, a little menacingly. “Big guns! Unloading a round or five takes the pressure off.”