Kelly Carrington, Playboy’s Miss October 2008, was born in New York and spent a couple of years in Sweden before moving to Stuart, a small town on Florida’s Atlantic coast. Kelly was an athlete growing up. She played lacrosse and volleyball, and in eighth grade she was named Female Athlete of the Year. “The trophy is four feet tall,” she said, “and it’s one of my most prized possessions.” After high school she studied public relations at the University of Florida.
Kelly considered modeling for Playboy after watching The Girls Next Door. “I was conservative,” she told Playboy, “but The Girls Next Door changed the way I thought about my body. I thought that it looked like fun.”
A friend told her she was as hot as any girl on the show, and to prove it, he sent Playboy a few pictures of Kelly. Playboy called her in for a photo shoot at Studio West, and soon she was meeting Hugh Hefner and the Girls and staying at the Mansion.
Many Playmates go on to become models or actresses, but not Kelly. When she made Playmate, she took a leave of absence from school and moved to Los Angeles. “I wasn’t there to party,” she said. “I was there to set up meetings. To work.”
In her original Playmate File, Kelly expressed an interest in fashion design. A few years and a degree in public relations later, she’s founder and creative director of Éclairée, a high-end line of swim and resort wear. Her work has been detailed in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Glamour, and it takes her to places like Monaco and Saint Tropez.
“If you find something you love to do,” she said, “you’ll never work a day in your life.” In addition to a thriving career, Kelly told Playboy her ambitions include finding true love and having a family. Her kind of guy is chivalrous and romantic, gives her back rubs, and brings her fresh flowers. Her turn-offs include poor hygiene, pretentiousness, and closed-mindedness.