Miss September 1997 Nikki Schieler says she was destined to appear in Playboy. But she didn’t know that early in life. The Norwalk, California, native originally worked professionally as an assistant dental hygienist. She felt like “there was something more for me.” One day she decided to visit a psychic who told her, “I see you on magazine covers. I see you on TV.” This event as well as the encouragement of her friends led her to pursue a new career in modeling.
Nikki began working as a bikini model. She appeared in calendars and catalogs for companies such as Carabella and Venus Swimwear. She visited exotic locations like Hawaii and Tahiti for the photo shoots. In addition to bikini modeling, she also became a spokeswoman for 24 Hour Fitness and Coors before becoming a Playmate. Nikki’s a unique combination of Norwegian and Native American heritage, giving her a look unlike many models.
Before her Playmate pictorial Nikki met Beverly Hills, 90210 actor Ian Ziering. The couple married in July 1997. Nikki changed her last name to Ziering and converted to Judaism for her husband. On their wedding day, Nikki temporarily tattooed fireworks on her butt with Ian’s name spelled wrong. The joke did not impress her future husband, foreshadowing future troubles.
In 1998 Nikki had her first acting role guest starring on 90210. This led to a number of television show and movie appearances. In 1999 she became one of the models on The Price Is Right. She appeared in more than 500 episodes of the show until 2002.
Nikki and her husband Ian divorced in 2002. Her managers persuaded her to keep the Ziering last name despite her doubts. She didn’t let the divorce slow down her acting career. She appeared in two sequels of popular movie franchises, Austin Powers in Goldmember and American Wedding. She also participated in some reality television series including I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! and Celebrity Love Island. She’s continued working in the industry with small roles in The Young and the Restless and Sons of Tucson. She also worked as a sideline reporter for CBS’ Ultimate Blackjack Tour.
Nikki and her boyfriend Rick Reynolds welcomed their daughter Tatum Ella Reynolds on March 27, 2009. The couple lives in Newport Beach, California.