Playboy: What brought you to Playboy?
Jodi Ann: I'd never been to Los Angeles, and I flew down to visit my best friend from college. She picked me up at the airport and said, "The Playboy bus is in Century City, and I want you to hop on it." She really pressured me, so I finally told her, "I'll do it if you swear you won't tell anybody in Oregon about it."
Playboy: But now everyone's going to know. Will they be surprised?
Jodi Ann: My friends from college, no. My friends from high school, yes. I don't think I crawled out of my shell until college.
Playboy: Had you done any modeling before?
Jodi Ann: I did some swimsuit stuff connected with the beauty pageants. I'd been studying to be a news reporter and I'd worked for the local CBS station, and I knew that if I were to appear in Playboy, it would mean that my career would take a different path.
Playboy: Why did you do it?
Jodi Ann: Well, it kills me to see people have opportunities and not take advantage of them. Playboy was a great opportunity.
Playboy: How did your parents react?
Jodi Ann: I didn't tell them until I started posing for the Centerfold. They supported my decision. They knew I wouldn't do something if I had a bad feeling about it. I think they were worried that I might want to get implants or something, but I would never even consider that. I wouldn't even get fake fingernails for the photos. I did streak my hair [laughs]. But everything else is natural, 100 percent me.
Playboy: Were your parents always protective?
Jodi Ann: Oh, yeah. They were completely against the beauty pageants I did. They were afraid I might start valuing appearance over brains. My father always told me, "It's easy to be attractive -- all it takes is a little work and some luck. But it takes effort to be knowledgeable, and to be a good person." I ended up winning the first pageant that I entered, which was a huge shock to everyone. That's when I fell in love with public speaking.
Playboy: Which you'll do plenty of as a Playmate.
Jodi Ann: Yes, I see it more as a public relations job than as a modeling job. I'm representing the magazine and the organization -- I'm representing Playboy itself.
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