Grace Kim, Playboy’s Miss November 2008, was the first Korean-American Playmate. Grace was born and raised in Los Angeles, and she grew up in an artistic family. Her mother was a calligrapher, her father a violinist, and her brother a classical pianist and guitarist. Creative expression is vital to Grace. “I feel I can express myself better through writing. It’s a pure, passionate love of mine.”
Grace got her bachelor’s in English from UCLA and her master’s in education from Cal State. She taught elementary school for two years and then worked in the fashion industry as a publicist. That led to a public relations gig with Activision, makers of Guitar Hero. Less than two months in, Grace decided to go to the Playboy Mansion’s Halloween Party. She sent Playboy a photo in a bid to get in the door. “The next day, I got an email asking me if I wanted to be a Playmate.” Grace shot a test in October, and three weeks later Playboy asked her to do a full pictorial. “I had to call in sick for five days,” she said. “It wasn’t fair to me or my boss, and I knew that I had to leave Activision.” She and the company parted on good terms, and she’s much happier as a Playmate.
When Playboy met Grace during her shoot at Playboy Studio West, her enthusiasm about life was infectious. “I’ve always been a rebel,” said Grace. “I play a mean game of Guitar Hero, and I’m willing to challenge anybody. I must warn you I’m a very sore loser—at any game.” Grace takes on friends and family in her free time. She has four video game consoles and bonded with fellow Playboy model Jo Garcia over their love of first-person shooters.
Gaming isn’t Grace’s only interest. She loves to go out for traditional Korean food like kalbi, beef short ribs, or kimchi, spicy cabbage. Miss November 2008 also has a special place in her heart for American Thanksgiving. “As a second-generation Korean from Los Angeles, I have the best of both worlds,” she told Playboy.