Maine’s first ever Playmate is Miss June 2011 Mei-Ling Lam. She was born Waterville, a small town north of Portland. She’s half Chinese on her father’s side and French Canadian on her mother’s. Her family owned a restaurant in Waterville. As a native New Englander, she is an ardent Boston sports fan.
Mei-Ling competed in several beauty pageants as a child. She won several competitions including Miss Maine Pre-Teen Petite 1991, Miss Maine Hospitality 1994, Miss Maine Pre-Teen 1996, and Miss Maine Teen USA 2001. She finished 12th in the Teen USA national competition.
Growing up Mei-Ling trained for 10 years as a professional dancer. She finished first place in Dance America for Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Pointe, Ballet, and Best Precision for Tap. Besides dance and beauty pageants, Mei-Ling loved playing video games as a kid. She and her brother always broke their joysticks because their parents wouldn’t let them both play at the same time. She still loves video games, although she doesn’t play as much as she did pre-Playboy. Her favorite game is Forza 3.
After competing in Miss Teen USA, Mei-Ling attended Husson University. She also modeled for companies such as New Balance and Hasbro. In 2010 she was selected as one of Maxim’s Hometown Hotties. Before appearing in Playboy she pursued entrepreneurial endeavors. By the time of her Playmate photo shoot, she owned a restaurant and a tea house.
Although she modeled before Playboy, she had never done a nude pictorial. In 2010 a Boston photographer sent in pictures of Mei-Ling to try to get her into the magazine. After three test shoots she was finally selected as Miss June. After appearing in the magazine, she continued to work with Playboy.com with a regular Food and Drink column called “Dinner with Mei-Ling.” She also found work as a spokesmodel for Veritas Cigars and partnered with Visalus Sciences.
While she continued modeling after Playboy, Mei-Ling focused more on her entrepreneurial ambitions. She expressed interest in starting a new business with the money she made being a Playmate. She’s considering either a wine label or something fashion-related. She would like to one day settle down and have three children. She currently lives in Atlanta with her husband, Ken Oxendine, a former running back for the Atlanta Falcons.