Pilar Lastra, Playboy’s Miss August 2004, was the second Playmate to be named one of People Magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful People, and we can see why.
“I was born in Monterey Park, California, and raised in central Texas,” she told Playboy. “We were very poor, so I’m grateful for everything that I have.” At 19 Pilar decided to be an actress, so she spent four months rebuilding her 1990 Ford Mustang—from salvaged parts, no less—and drove over 1,000 miles to Los Angeles.
“It wasn’t easy,” she admitted. “My first role was a SeaWorld commercial.” After appearances on Days of Our Lives and Malibu Spring Break, she came to the attention of Playboy photo editors. “I used to be anti-nudity,” she said, “but Playboy does nudity the right way.”
After her centerfold, Pilar had roles in No Rules and Murder on the Yellow Brick Road, as well as a recurring role on NBC’s Las Vegas. She starred in the cable comedy Malibu Spring Break and was a case model on Deal or No Deal. She has appeared in print campaigns for Ford’s Warriors in Pink, Jose Cuervo Black, and Wolverine Boots, among others.
She has retired as a nude model but continues to work for Playboy as host of The Playmate Hour and then Mansion Mayhem on Sirius XM, and test-driving new cars for our web series Hot Laps.
She’s a published author, too. She contributed to the book Naked Came the Summer, which was serialized on Sirius XM, and she wrote Treat Me Like Your Car, which offers dating advice to men in automotive terms. Pilar also shares fantasy football advice every Thursday on Sirius XM’s Fantasy Sports channel. And if that doesn’t do it for you, she’s also quite handy around the house. “I want to be a successful entertainer,” she said. “I would rather fall on my face a thousand times than live my life thinking, ‘What if?’”
Pilar told Playboy she’s turned on by “body rubs, confidence and a sense of humor. Musical talent is always a plus.” Her turn-offs include “bad breath and a man who spends more time looking in the mirror than I do. Liars and cheaters stay away!”