Heather Rae Young is Playboy’s Playmate of the Month for February 2010. A delectable blonde with brown eyes and full lips, she comes from Running Springs, California, a small town nestled in the San Bernardino Mountains. “I was raised with strong values,” Heather said, “but I’ve got a mind of my own, and I wanted to be a model.” There weren’t many modeling jobs in Running Springs, but it was only two hours outside of Los Angeles.
Heather was working as a licensed aesthetician when she heard about the 55th Anniversary casting call at the Playboy Mansion. She landed a callback, shot a couple of pictorials for the Girls Network, and was invited to test for Playmate. “It all happened so fast,” she said. “Hef approved my centerfold, and just like that, I was Miss February in the first double issue of Playboy.”
Heather is a successful model—she has a thick stack of print work to her credit, from clothes with Affliction to cars with Low Rider and liquor with Smirnoff, Captain Morgan, and Jose Cuervo—and now she’s a host and actress, with appearances on Entourage, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and ‘Til Death.
Heather said she’s turned on by “a man I feel a real connection with who is honest, ambitious, and compassionate.” She’s turned off by “a man who thinks he’s God’s gift—cocky is not hot!” She also said, “Bad hygiene is a no-no!”
She lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend, Playboy photographer Josh Ryan, and their three dogs, Baxter, Sebastian, and Brandy. “We’re not into the club scene,” she said. “Parties at the Mansion are a lot of fun, but I’d rather go to dinner and a drink at a lounge.”
When she’s not working, she hones the tools of her trade—eating well, running, and taking boxing classes. With a body like Heather’s, there’s no question that she’s the upper cut. “I still can’t believe that I’m a Playmate,” she said, laughing. “It’s unbelievable.”