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Justine
Greiner

Justine Greiner 2 photos
Birthplace:
Boston, Massachusetts
H:
5' 9"
W:
120 lbs
36D-25-35
A year ago, Californian Justine Greiner underwent the kind of trauma only another Californian could understand: She went to Kansas. Her plan was to attend the University of Kansas in Lawrence. What she experienced there shook her to the core of her 5'9" frame. There were no palm trees. There was no ocean. The sun, when it dared to come out, shone down on some peculiar white stuff that covered the ground for acres around. Mars, they tell us, has more forbidding terrain, but the Kansas wheat fields were enough for Justine. At the end of her first term, she tucked her skate board under her arm and flew back West. By the time the first summer rays were hitting the Santa Monica beaches, a happy Justine wasn't in Kansas anymore. "I was homesick, I really was," she admits. "I mean, people there are still wearing bell-bottom jeans! I made a lot of friends while I was there, but it wasn't the place for me at all."
Although she displays little loyalty to it now, Justine was born in Boston and actually spent the first half of her life in that area. That experience blurred to a few half-forgotten memories when the family hopped westward. In California, Justine found the perfect place for her easy-going personality: a sun-drenched hammock.
"You know how you can fall into a group of friends who tend to be wild or friends who tend to be studious?" Oh, do we! "Well, I think I had the wrong group of friends. I wasn't superradical, but I wasn't superstudious, either.
"I wish I'd divided my time more evenly, devoted more time to school and my family and also kept my partying and friends. Instead, I went for the partying and friends. I thought I was sooo bitchin'. Really. I just thought, Hey, it's cool.
"I didn't know I'd missed something until I ended up in Kansas, because then, I realized I could be going to school in California. All my friends were goin to Santa Barbara or San Diego or Berkeley or Chico - someplace like that. If I had just pulled a little harder, I could have gotten into one of those schools. Which would have been a lot better."
Before we continue, we should say that we've been to Kansas and had a nice time there. It's not heaven, but it's not a purgatory for Golden State underachievers, either. The lifestyle, though, is different; and in California, lifestyle is everything.
"If you do something different here," Justine explains, "people don't look at you; you're not even noticed. But if you do something different in Kansas, people say, 'Whoa, are you sure you know what you're doing?' When I told people I was from California, they'd look at me like I was crazy. My roommate, for instance, had never been out of Kansas. I think she'd been to Missouri, which is right next door, and she thought California was on fire, you know. Really. I'd tell her 'It's not like that; it's beautiful, the ocean and everything.' But some people have definite ideas about California."
Since she returned to the California womb, Justine has been doing what she does best and wants to do most: kicking back. For those unfamiliar with the term, kicking back is what you do to achieve a state known as laid back, which is the ultimate state of consciousness for a Californian. "To make it here," Justine instructs, "you have to have common sense. You should be aggressive but not too aggressive. Too-aggressive people belong in New York. They'd just get frustrated here, because they couldn't get anywhere real quick." Justine herself isn't really interested in getting anywhere too quickly. She's currently on a regimen of introspection that includes lots of music, a little poetry, a daily journal and some deep meditation in front of the household fish tank. At the age of 20, there are things to think over, to sort out. It's an age that comes on abruptly, leaving you stunned and wondering how you got there.
"When I was younger," Justine remembers, "I don't know what I really saw myself becoming. I think I saw myself living in a nice house, with a nice car and a cute husband. That's how I always imagined myself. I don't think I imagined myself as being one certain thing. I thought I'd find that out later, that it would come to me. Something would hit me across the head and say, 'This is what you should be.' I never had something that I wanted to be or someone I wanted to be like.
"At one point, I was thinking about going into resort management. You know, get involved with Club Med or something like that. I'd still like to do that, I think. Modeling is easy, but that's not what I'd like to do forever. Right now, it's good for me, because my face is still young and I can work with it."
The truth is that her possibilities are endless, a condition that can be at once liberating and paralyzing. Justine, if she takes any steps at all, always takes them one at a time; stability is important to her now. She has pared her friends down to a few good ones. She is organizing her life. For the time being, she is content to be an observer, taking it all in and trying to make it relate to her.
"If you don't know yourself, you can't really do what will make you happy. I think I know myself pretty well, but there's definitely much for me to learn. As things come up and I see how I react to them, then I'll know myself better. I'm still learning, you know. There are a lot of people who don't even care about knowing themselves."
The process of self-discovery takes a lot of energy and time. Justine is long in both suits.
"I haven't heard any calls yet. Maybe next year," she laughs. "Soon, I suppose, something will strike me and I'll have to do something about it or just get frustrated. But nothing's really hit me yet. I mean, I feel my being here is important, but what it's important for hasn't yet been decided; it's yet to be determined."
  • January 31, 1984
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16 comments

  • Joseph
    Joseph
    Fabulous--much more natural than today's clean shaven look; beautiful set.
  • EMILIO
    EMILIO
    EMILIO Q. YO SOY FIEL SEGUIDOR Y FAN DE PLAYBOY CORPORATION DE TODA MI VIDA Y ESTA PLAYMATE ES DE LAS MEJORES REPRESENTANTES DE UNA REAL PLAYMATE ES SIMPLEMENTE UNA SEÑORITA MUY HERMOSA, MUCHOS SALUDOS Y RESPETOS AL SEÑOR HUGH HEFNER.
  • DAVID
    DAVID
    Number 24 is one of the greatest photos ever published
  • JONATHAN
    JONATHAN
    I remember buying this issue when I was a lad of 24. I t was years later that the Internet reminded me of her. She is in my opinion the most beautiful Playmate ever to step in front of a camera. Of all the years that I have lived 1984 is my favorite...Justine is the reason why.....Womanhood so perfectly personified.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    i am happy they are updating all the old pics. very nice set.
  • JONATHAN
    JONATHAN
    For me 1984 was a great year for Playboy. With the fine photographic techique of Ken Marcus we were given one of the most beautiful Women ever to grace a centerfold. Justine Greiner. Also in that year Penny Baker, Karen Veles (PMOY) and Liz Sttewart, but all the babes that year were just special. Buxom, beauttiful and so unadulterated. Natural womanhood. Tastfully and wonderfully photographed. Justine Greiner is my favourite.
  • JONATHAN
    JONATHAN
    Ken Marcus took most of her photographs, but Arne Freytag also photographed her..in the the 'Daily Doubles' we saw only two Fretag pics, please Mr Hefner, show us more Arne pics.
  • CONSTANTINE
    CONSTANTINE
    Fantastic photos. This really showcases the beauty of Playboy. I am looking forward to older sets like this being available in 1600x1067.
  • ERIC
    ERIC
    Agreed with everyone about hot this girl really was. Pictures 38 and 39 are two of the wildest, most erotic shots ever published in any magazine, anytime, anywhere!
  • VINCENT
    VINCENT
    Absolutely phenomenal. Justine was one of my all-time favorite Playmates. It's too bad she didn't make many appearances.
  • BOYD
    BOYD
    Boyd My number 1 all time faviorite playmate, beautiful.
  • GEORGE
    GEORGE
    What an all-out beauty. Photo #2 belongs in the National Gallery of Contemporary nudes. David, how could these pics look out of place anywhen?
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Me las quiero cojer a todas
  • DAVID
    DAVID
    Just stunning. Had huge crush on Justine as teeneager in 1984...These pictorials were taken in 1982 and looked a little out of place in '84...good times :)
  • Craig
    Craig
    Justine is simply stunning
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