Eugena Washington was Playmate of the Month for December 2015 and was later chosen as the 2016 Playmate of the Year. Born in South Carolina to a pair of civil rights leaders, she grew up with seven brothers and sisters. Eugena Washington wanted to be a model her entire life but couldn’t work up the confidence to do so. It wasn’t until she appeared on America’s Next Top Model that her career began to take off.
Eugena finished in the top 3 on the seventh season of America’s Next Top Model. On the show, she won the “Extreme Pose” challenge, which came with a prize of $32,000 worth of jewelry. She also quickly mastered the art of the Flamenco for one of the challenges as well.
After appearing on the show, Eugena went on to have a very successful career. She appeared in commercials for CoverGirl, Clinique and Lexus. She’s walked on fashion runways for a number of well-known designers and brands. She also helped created her own organic hair care line, called DTMH by Eugena. Looks like she didn’t need to win a TV show to dominate her industry.
When approached to be Miss December, Eugena accepted without reservation. She says, “I don’t give myself boundaries. I begin every morning by taking a mental inventory of the positive things in my life and saying my thank yous. Then I tell myself to forget fear. If you’re asked to be a Playmate, it’s like, why the hell not?”
With so much modeling experience, her Playboy pictorial was obviously not her first nude modeling gig, but she claims it was her favorite. She says, “In fashion, you’re constantly working to portray someone else. Shooting for Playboy, I had the freedom to be in my own element, without the constraints of clothing. It was one of the best shoots of my career. For once, I didn’t have to be anyone except myself.”
When not posing for a magazine or walking down a runway, Eugena says she’s a big fantasy football fan. She also loves to embrace her independence. She says. “I love my freedom, so it’s hard for me to stay in one place. I fly by the seat of my pants and figure the rest out later. As long as I don’t die, I’m good!”