Meet Nikki Leigh, our Playmate of the Month for May 2012. A blue-eyed blonde from Cypress, California, she graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, and you’d better believe that she’s proud of her achievement. “I’m very smart,” she said matter-of-factly. “I just graduated from Cal State Fullerton, and I’m a member of the Golden Key Honors Society.” She’s well traveled, too. She’s been to Tokyo and Beijing, and she spent a semester abroad in Italy. She’s doing big things, but like most Playmates, Nikki started small. “I’m from a little suburb in Orange County, California,” she said. “People there are kind, and I believe in random acts of kindness.” She was a cheerleader and honor student in high school, and she worked hard to get where she is today.
“I’ve wanted to be a Playboy model since I was 13 years old,” she said. “It’s a dream come true.” You wouldn’t know it, but this is Nikki’s first modeling gig. She sent a picture to a casting director on a referral from a friend, and we tested her specifically for Playmate. With her good looks and book smarts, she makes a great ambassador for the Playboy brand. She’s single and wouldn’t have it any other way—her plate is full with her Playmate duties. “I can be me 24/7,” she said. “But I like guys who are kind and respectful of others.”
In addition to posing for her Playboy pictorial, Nikki has hosted the Playmates Present radio show on Sirius XM and PlayboyRadio.com. She has also interviewed celebrities and athletes on the 2012 Espys red carpet for RadarOnline.com, hosted Fantasy Sports Radio, and worked as on-air talent for KDOC. Nikki can be seen on the TV shows Badass! and Instant Movie Review. Her acting roles include appearances on Matador and Two and a Half Men, and in the movies Unlucky Charms, The Wedding Ringer, The Sand, Fearless, and Del Playa, among others.
When she’s not working, Nikki spends her free time with friends—talking, shopping, or lounging by the pool with her fellow Playmates. She loves to eat, and has the chef at the Mansion on speed dial. “Some girls will say that they can out-drink you, but I’ll out-eat you,” she said, laughing. “Steaks, sushi, pasta, cheesecake … you name it, I’ll eat it.”