Playboy: How often does that happen?
Laura: In Los Angeles, it happens a lot. I think it's pretty typical for a 21-year-old blonde. I try not to be totally dismissive, but I don't trust anybody either. I don't think anyone should. That's why there are pagers.
Playboy: How did you come to be in Playboy?
Laura: I just walked into the studio, which I'm told is kind of unusual. I don't have modeling experience. I didn't have any nude stuff, and I didn't want to go get some from Joe Photographer. I went to the Playboy studio by myself one day. They have an open call and you have a Polaroid taken.
Playboy: How do you react when you realize people find you beautiful?
Laura: It's been hard for me. I was a tomboy. I did gymnastics and played soccer in high school. After graduation, I became more feminine. I think there's something neat about that. It's just a matter of how far you want to use it. If you get too caught up in it, you lose who you are. But I will always be true to myself.
Playboy: Are you tight with your family? What has been their reaction to your appearance in Playboy?
Laura: I am pretty close with my family. I have a Christian background. Bucyrus is a small town. I'm really close to my mother. She's in Phoenix now, and she's cool with my being in Playboy. The rest of my family doesn't know yet.
Playboy: We understand you're estranged from your dog.
Laura: Yes, Echo, a white boxer. An ex-boyfriend got me that dog -- but at an inappropriate time. So here's this poor dog, who I love to death, but I'm in class most of the time, and basically it just stays at my ex' house. The dog is doing great. Unfortunately, I have to go through my ex-boyfriend to see it, which is a pain in the ass. It's sad.
Playboy: Tell us about your charity work.
Laura: I'm involved in a couple of things. One is a breast cancer foundation -- my mom is an RN. I've had a Christian Children's Fund child, Bernabe, for two years. He is from Guatemala. He's three, not old enough to write -- sometimes I get letters that his sister writes. It's my way of making a contribution.
Playboy: Do you find this period of your life exciting or scary?
Laura: It's neat. But I do get anxious about what I am doing. But you have to let it happen and enjoy it.
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