Lauren Anderson is Playboy’s Miss July 2002 and the winner of Fox’s Girl Next Door: The Search for a Playboy Centerfold reality show. It takes a special woman to win a reality show without enduring a few claw marks, but Lauren emerged unscathed and even made some new friends along the way. “The whole thing was an incredible experience,” she told Playboy. “I got along with all the girls and want to keep in touch with them.”
Lauren got her start with Playboy as a Florida college senior in the October 2001 Girls of the SEC pictorial, but she doesn’t think her previous modeling experience gave her an edge over her reality TV competition. “It had no bearing whatsoever,” she said. “We were judged on the pictures that were shot during the show. I love being on camera and acting. It comes naturally to me.”
After working with Playboy, Lauren went on to appear on other TV shows including Entourage, The Two Coreys, Fear Factor, and The Girls Next Door. She has done print work with Playboy Spain, Vanity Fair, ESPN the Magazine, and Harley Davidson catalogs. She also starred in and hosted the show Headlights and Tailpipes at the Stardust Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Lauren studied pre-veterinary medicine in college and is determined to open her own animal-rescue farm someday.
“My favorite class was Livestock Practical,” she said. “I delivered two litters of pigs and a horse for that course. At home I have two cats and a pet duck named Marble, who was paralyzed in one leg. I assisted on a surgery to put a metal rod in his leg. He’s doing fine and likes to swim in my bathtub.”
In the years since her Playboy appearances Lauren has been a spokesperson for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. She serves veggie dogs to members of Congress every July wearing nothing but a lettuce bikini. (Hot lobbyists, please take note.)
Lauren is married to professional baseball player Reid Brignac, and they have a child together. She told Playboy she’s turned on by guys who are loyal and have a good sense of humor and a great smile. “I love all-American boys, and I’m attracted to a guy I can’t get right away. I love going bowling or just walking on the beach—simple stuff. I believe in destiny, so I wouldn’t change anything that has happened to me, because those experiences helped me become the woman I am now.”