Say hej to Sandra Nilsson, Miss January 2008. She’s tall – 5’9” – with brown hair, blue eyes and legs for days. Sandra was raised in Ystad, a coastal town in the south of Sweden. She was recruited to model at fourteen, but her parents thought she was too young – so when she turned eighteen, she signed with an agency and moved to Malmö, where she modeled for some of Sweden’s biggest brands, and was a contestant on Sweden’s Next Top Model. She entered beauty contests throughout the European Union, and she rose to international fame when she was named Miss Hawaiian Tropic for Sweden. Over the next two years, she traveled the world, was featured in ads, commercials and billboards as a representative of the brand. She landed a gig on the Travel Channel and was named Sweden’s 7th Sexiest Woman.
Hugh Hefner’s brother, Keith, spotted Sandra at a party in Cannes, and invited her to Los Angeles to test for Playmate. She passed – Hef approved her Centerfold for the January issue – and she became the second Swede to make Playmate in more than ten years, the first being Victoria Silvstedt. Sandra moved to New York City to pursue a career as a model and actress – she’s appeared on The Howard Stern Show and red carpets all over town – and when she’s not working, she loves to read, cook vegetarian food, and rack up long distance charges with her mom. “I love New York,” says Sandra, Swedish accent charming. “Americans have a great sense of imagination. I don’t think I’ll be moving back to Sweden anytime soon.” We sure hope not – Miss Nilsson is the greatest thing since sliced bröd.
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