Playmate of the Year: A Timeline

By Staff

<p>Every PMOY has an her own, iconic look. Get to know every one that ever was.</p>

With the recent announcement of Kennedy Summers becoming Playmate of the Year 2014, there is no better time to revisit Playboy history… Check out the world’s most beautiful women: get to know every Playmate of the Year since the very beginning.

PMOY 2014 - KENNEDY SUMMERS: Playboy Magazine’s 60th anniversary PMOY is spectacular in every way. The Chicago girl, who is currently in medical school and hopes to become a surgeon, has been modeling for years and is excited to be join the Playboy family. We love her decade-themed gallery. "Doesn’t ‘Dr. Playmate of the Year’ sound awesome?” she asks. It certainly does to us.

PMOY 2013 - RAQUEL POMPLUN: Playboy Magazine’s first ever Mexican-American Playmate, Raquel Pomplun, was chosen to be Playboy’s Playmate of the Month for April 2012 before being named Playmate of the Year 2013. Her gorgeous centerfold was shot by acclaimed glamour photographer Arny Freytag. Raquel comes by her good looks naturally—she was classically trained in ballet. A coworker gave her the idea to model for Playboy…and the rest is history! Raquel, who studied biochemistry in college, works often in both TV and radio.

PMOY 2012 - JACLYN SWEDBERG: Playboy Magazine’s Playmate of the Month for April 2011 and became the 2012 Playmate of the Year. As an actress, Miss Swedberg became known for her work in Pauly Shore’s Pauly-tics, Playboy TV’s Badass and Snake and Mongoose. Miss Swedberg also hosted a humor series for Playboy called “Hot Girls Get Away with Sh*t.” “At home I’m reserved,” she says, admitting that working with Playboy has helped her grow. “Appearing in the magazine not only made me shed my clothes but also allowed me to shed my shy exterior for good.”

PMOY 2011 - CLAIRE SINCLAIR: Playboy Magazine’s Playmate of the Month for October 2010 is knockout babe Claire Sinclair. Claire, whose retro style is reminiscent of Bettie Page, is both busty and brilliant—the girl is a self-professed voracious reader. Claire first posed for acclaimed pinup artist Olivia de Beradinis, and de Beradinis introduced Claire to Hugh Hefner. Shortly afterwards, Claire moved into the Bunny House with fellow PMOYs Hope Dworaczyk and Jayde Nicole for the E! special The Bunny House. On garnering the PMOY title, Claire says, “I was determined to become Playmate of the Year, and now that I have, I feel as successful as any 20-year-old could be. I’m so excited about it. I promise you that I’m going to liven it up as the pinuppiest Playmate of the Year you could ever imagine!”

PMOY 2010 - HOPE DWORACZYK: As a teen, Hope won a Texas beauty pageant, aced her accelerated studies program and graduated high school early, at 16 years old. The curvy, leggy brunette worked as a fashion model and eventually posed for Playboy Magazine, where she was named Miss April 2009. Hope rose to become Playboy’s Playmate of the Year in 2010. “I think I’m pretty down-to-earth,” she says. Working internationally as a TV anchor hasn’t changed her Southern values too much. “I am such a romantic and believe in true love, but I think I can have my career as well. I really want to move into hosting something based in America, so that’s in the works right now. We’ll see.” Miss April pauses, then adds, “I want it all.”

PMOY 2009 - IDA LJUNGQVIST: Discovered by 2007 Playmate of the Year Sara Jean Underwood at a Bebe store on Rodeo Drive, this Tanzanian-Swedish beauty is the first African-born and second Swedish model to become a Playmate of the Year. “I was in shock when they asked me to pose,” she says. But she was game to give it a whirl. “I’m kind of a thrill-seeker. Throw me in! I’ll sink or swim.” Ida, who speaks English, Swedish and Swahili fluently, is the first PMOY to dedicate her title to philanthropic work.

PMOY 2008 - JAYDE NICOLE: Although she is Playboy Magazine’s Playmate of the Year for 2008, Jayde Nicole was initially skeptical about modeling for Playboy, but was prodded to try when her mother bought her an issue. Jayde was quickly convinced. She was named Playboy’s Playmate of the Month in January 2007. The Canadian beauty is a fitness nut…with a weakness. “I have an obsession with peanut butter and chocolate anything,” she confesses. “Anything” includes “peanut butter and chocolate cookies, peanut butter and chocolate cupcakes…” She’s appeared on MTV’s The Hills, E!’s The Girls Next Door: The Bunny House and on Holly Madison’s reality show, Holly’s World.

PMOY 2007 - SARA JEAN UNDERWOOD: Sunny blonde Sara Jean Underwood, a model, actress and TV host, was chosen to be Playboy’s Playmate of the Month for July 2006. Sara Jean was the first ever Miss July to become Playmate of the Year. A former Hooters waitress, Sara Jean has often worked in TV and film. She was on E! Network’s The Girls Next Door, on the series Kendra as well as on Bridget’s Sexiest Beaches and has appeared as herself in movies like The House Bunny and Miss March. Playboy Magazine ranked her number 25 on the list of “25 Hottest Playboy Celebrities.”

PMOY 2006 - KARA MONACO: Kara got her start with Playboy in 2004. The knockout blonde was bartending in Orlando and won the America’s Sexiest Bartender contest. She was featured in a “Girls of Summer” spread and became Playboy Magazine’s Playmate of the Month for June 2005. She’s had a number of roles on such TV shows as The Girls Next Door, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Big Brother 14, Passions and Envy. “I’ve had a wonderful time as a Playmate,” she says. “I’m honored to be a part of the Playboy family.”

PMOY 2005 - TIFFANY FALLON: Florida beauty Tiffany Fallon was photographed by Stephen Wayda for Playboy Magazine and became December 2004’s Playmate of the Month. In 2005 the smoldering blue-eyed brunette was named Playmate of the Year. Prior to working with Playboy, Tiffany was a cheerleader for the Atlanta Falcons. She married Joe Don Rooney from Rascal Flatts and they live together in Tennessee with their family.

PMOY 2004 - CARMELLA DECESARE: Playboy Magazine’s Miss April 2003 got her start when she responded to Playboy’s Who Wants to Be a Playboy Centerfold? and eventually became Cybergirl of the Month on in February of 2003. Of Italian and Puerto Rican descent, Carmella is often recognized for the time she spent taking names in the WWE as WWE Diva. She was featured in the 2005 Playmates at Play swimsuit calendar in the month of March. Carmella has also appeared on TV episodes of The Girls Next Door and has been photographed for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

PMOY 2003 - CHRISTINA SANTIAGO: Sensuous Christina Santiago is a talented model and actress who was chosen to be Playboy Magazine’s Playmate of the Month in August 2002. One success followed another: she went on to become Playmate of the Year in 2003. Of Puerto Rican descent, this tawny vixen from Chicago was one of three finalists on the Who Wants to Be a Playboy Centerfold? TV special. While she didn’t get the number one spot on the show, she certainly won us over with that dark mane of hair and those gorgeous curves.

PMOY 2002 - DALENE KURTIS: California girl Dalene Kurtis had dreamed of becoming a Playboy model since the tender age of 14, but she worked in insurance before turning to modeling. After competing in a few pageants and working as a Budweiser girl, she met Hugh Hefner at a Playboy party. Hef took a shine to her immediately, saying Dalene’s scrubbed good looks were reminiscent of classic beauty Doris Day. The two hit it off so well that Dalene eventually moved into the Playboy Mansion. The green-eyed beauty says, “It’s hard for me to think I’m actually going to be in Playboy, because I’m so critical of myself.“ We don’t think anyone else was too surprised; Dalene is a natural.

PMOY 2001 - BRANDE NICOLE RODERICK: Angelic beauty Brande Roderick, a model and actress, is known for her work in Baywatch, Joey, The Parkers, Just Shoot Me!, Fear Factor and Beverly Hills, 90210 as well as in some recent films, including Starsky & Hutch, Hood of Horror and The Nanny Diaries. Brande was PlayboyMagazine’s Playmate of the Month for April 2000 and later went on to become Playmate of the Year in 2001. “Playmates have a special bond that nobody can break,” she says.

PMOY 2000 - JODI ANN PATERSON: A beauty more exotic than her name might suggest, Jodi Ann Paterson was born in Balikpapan, Indonesia, to an Indonesian mother and an American father. She later grew up in Oregon, where she aced all her academics and while competing in such beauty pageants as Miss Teen USA and Miss Oregon USA. The beauty queen garnered Playboy Magazine’s Playmate of the Month for October 1999 and went on to win the Playmate of the Year title in 2000.

PMOY 1999 - HEATHER KOZAR: When she first appeared as Miss January 1998, Ohio’s Heather Kozar sported luscious long blonde ringlets, but when she came back for her pictorial as PMOY 1999 her locks had been cut short in a flirty ’do that made us want more! And we got it, as Heather returned to appear in a series of Playboy videos. Her successful modeling career also took her to a spot as a Barker’s Beauty on The Price Is Right.

PMOY 1998 - KAREN MCDOUGAL: Indiana native Karen McDougal was our choice for Playmate of the Year 1998 after she captured our hearts as Playmate of the Month of December 1997. This hot brunette was an aspiring model and actress who went on to star in a series of sexy commercials for XFL football league, nab guest host spots on several TV shows and make cameos in films like Joe Dirt and Charlie’s Angels.

PMOY 1997 - VICTORIA SILVSTEDT: Blonde, beautiful and nearly six feet tall, Victoria Silvstedt embodies all our fantasies of what a Swede and what a Playmate should be. After competing for Sweden in the 1993 Miss World pageant (and making it to the top 10), she made our heads spin as Miss December 1996 before being named Playmate of the Year 1997. Victoria has worked as a model for some of the most prestigious fashion houses in the world but we think her appearances in Playboy and various Special Editions will always be her best work!

PMOY 1996 - STACY SANCHES: Playboy’s Playmate of the Year 1996 was Stacy Sanches, a curly-haired Dallas girl who got her start as Miss March 1995. This brunette babe told us she kept her incredible figure by weight training, and in her PMOY pictorial, she showed off all her hard work. Fun fact: Stacy’s sister Kim Sanches is also a model, and they’ve posed together in several videos and Special Editions, including Playboy’s Sisters.

PMOY 1995 - JULIE LYNN CIALINI: Rochester, New York native Julie Lynn Cialini was our Valentine when she posed as the Playmate of the Month in February 1994. We loved this statuesque blonde so much that we had to have her back as Playmate of the Year in 1995 to pose with some real statues in a pictorial photographed by Stephen Wayda. Julie told us she loved fast cars, so it’s only fitting that she went on to a gig as a model showing off the fast cars and other prizes on the Doug Davidson version of The Price Is Right.

PMOY 1994 - JENNY MCCARTHY: Before she was a household name, Jenny McCarthy was our Playmate of the Month October 1993. This bubbly blonde babe was the natural choice for Playmate of the Year 1994, and her beauty and personality quickly landed her hosting gigs on Playboy TV and MTV, as well as countless film and TV roles. Jenny is now one of the hosts of the popular daytime talk show The View and recently announced her engagement to former New Kid on the Block Donnie Wahlberg.

PMOY 1993 - ANNA NICOLE SMITH: In May 1992 America first met Anna Nicole Smith, a tall, blond Texas girl who wanted to be the next Marilyn Monroe, as our Playmate of the Month under the name Vickie Smith. After her appearance on the cover and in the centerfold, we just had to have her come back as the Playmate of the Month 1993. Anna Nicole went on to roles in films such as Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult, guest spots on TV shows including Veronica’s Closet and Ally McBeal and her own reality television series, The Anna Nicole Show, before her death in 2007.

PMOY 1992 - CORINNA HARNEY: Beautiful German-born model Corinna Harney entranced us with her riotous golden curls in her pictorial as Playmate of the Month August 1991 so we had to invite her back as Playmate of the Year 1992, making Corinna the youngest-ever PMOY at that time. Corinna confessed to wishing on shooting stars to become a Playmate of the Month, but that becoming a Playmate of the Year was beyond her wildest dreams. Her out-of-this-world pictorial was shot by Richard Fegley.

PMOY 1991 - LISA MATTHEWS: An actress and model from Illinois, Lisa Matthews was named Playboy’s Playmate of the Year 1991 after her turn as Playmate of the Month in April 1990. This stunning leggy blonde told us that she loved the outdoors and lingerie, so naturally we made sure her pictorial, shot by Stephen Wayda, included both of those! After securing the PMOY title, Lisa went on to appear in the Bruce Willis film Hudson Hawk.

PMOY 1990 - RENEÉ TENISON: She first appeared as Playmate of the Month in November 1989 and was chosen to be Playmate of the Year 1990, making her the first ever African-American PMOY. This gorgeous girl from Idaho is double trouble: she has an identical twin sister, Rosie, who posed with her in the August 2002 issue of Playboy.

PMOY 1989 - KIMBERLEY CONRAD: We finished the 1980s with Playmate of the Year 1989 Kimberley Conrad, aka Mrs. Hugh Hefner. Kimberley first appeared as Playmate of the Month in January 1988, and in 1989 along with her PMOY title she gained the title of Hef’s wife. Kimberley had two sons with Hef, Marson and Cooper. Fun fact: Kimberley has a knighthood! Just before she married Hef, she was knighted by his Highness Prince Frederick von Anhalt of Germany.

PMOY 1988 - INDIA ALLEN: Our animal-loving Playmate of the Month of December 1987 told us that she wanted to buy her own animal hospital. We don’t know anything about being a vet, but we know beautiful women, so we had to choose India Allen as our Playmate of the year 1988. After she posed for us, India continued to act in several films as well as appearing in a number of Playboy videos.

PMOY 1987 - DONNA EDMONDSON: Our Playmate of the Year 1987 was a brunette from North Carolina blessed with a set of extremely dangerous curves. And we do mean blessed: Donna Edmondson was a religious Southern Baptist who told us, when she was our Playmate of the Month in November 1986, that she was still a virgin. Donna went on to appear in several Playboy videos.

PMOY 1986 - KATHY SHOWER: This ethereal blonde from Ohio made our hearts skip a beat as Miss May 1985, so naturally Kathy Shower was the only choice for Playmate of the Year 1986. Kathy was a single mom of two when she posed for us at age 33, making her the oldest woman to become a Playmate. She went on to numerous film and TV roles, including guest spots on Three’s Company and Knight Rider, and came back in 1996 to appear in a “Playmates Revisited” Playboy pictorial.

PMOY 1985 - KAREN VELEZ: Our Playmate of the Month of December 1984, Karen Velez, was a sultry brunette who loved sailing, the ocean and horseback riding. Karen was also passionate about women’s rights, pursuing a modeling career so she could be financially independent, and we were glad to help her toward her goals by making her PMOY 1985. Fun fact: Karen’s daughter, Nikki Majors, posed for in 2008 in a pictorial called “Playmate Daughters.”

PMOY 1984 - BARBARA EDWARDS: A New Mexico native, Barbara Edwards was Playboy’s Playmate of the Month for September 1983 and Playmate of the Year 1984. This beautiful brunette was an aspiring actress and artist who loved sports and old-fashioned romance. After her appearance as PMOY she went on to a few movie and TV roles as well as appearing in several Playboy videos.

PMOY 1983 - MARIANNE GRAVATTE: Hollywood native Marianne Gravatte made her Playboy debut as Miss October 1982 and ahhhreturned as Playmate of the Year 1983. The beautiful blonde went on to make appearances in a number of music videos, including “Lay It Down” by Ratt and “No Tellin’ Lies” by Zebra, before quitting modeling to run a sports bar with her husband. Now that’s our kind of bartender!

PMOY 1982 - SHANNON TWEED: A Canadian girl who grew up on a mink ranch in Newfoundland, had a brief stint as Hef’s girlfriend and married one of the most iconic rockers ever, Gene Simmons? We could only be talking about Shannon Tweed, Playmate of the Year 1982. Our gorgeous willowy blonde Miss November 1981 has also appeared in over 60 films. Fun fact: Shannon posed for Playboy with her six-foot-tall sister Tracy, and we interviewed her daughter, Sophie Simmons, for our Femme on Fire column.

PMOY 1981 - TERRI WELLES: A United Airlines flight attendant when she appeared on the cover of Playboy in May 1980 to illustrate a pictorial on stewardesses; later that same year we made Terri Welles our Miss December. Clearly, we couldn’t get enough of Terri because we just had to make her Playmate of the Year 1981. There’s a reason for that: this sexy blonde globetrotter shows off her love of exotic places in her pictorial.

PMOY 1980 - DOROTHY STRATTEN: Born in Vancouver, Canada, Miss Dorothy Stratten was discovered while working at her local Dairy Queen. She eventually moved to L.A. where she worked as a Bunny at the Century City Playboy Club. Miss Stratten was Playboy Magazine’s Playmate of the Month for August 1979 and went on to be crowned Playboy’s Playmate of the Year in 1980, with photography by Mario Casilli. The effervescent blonde bombshell worked successfully as a model and actress, starring in the sci-fi flick Galaxina and They All Laughed, among other projects. Her death, in 1980, has inspired two movies and several songs. Her memory and timeless beauty live on.

PMOY 1979 - MONIQUE ST. PIERRE: German-born American model Miss Monique St. Pierre was Playboy Magazine’s Playmate of the Month for November 1978 and became Playmate of the Year in 1979. Her centerfold was photographed by Richard Fegley. Known for her perky figure and killer bone structure, the gorgeous model was originally signed with the Wilhemina modeling agency but was dropped once it became known that she was a Playmate. But she stayed on with Playboy for a long time, working both as a model and as an executive with the Playboy Channel. At the time she became a Playmate, she professed a love for “total body massage, starting at your feet, not missing a square inch of your body, all the way up to your eyes.”

PMOY 1978 - DEBRA JO FONDREN: The impossibly beautiful Debra Jo Fondren, with her waist-length flaxen hair and knockout figure, grew up in Texas but was discovered on a trip to Las Vegas by photographer Robert Scott Hooper, who also shot her centerfold. Chosen by Playboy Magazine to be Playmate of the Month for September 1977, she went on to become Playmate of the Year in 1978. A fan of Fleetwood Mac, Barry White and Hall & Oates, skeet shooting and deep-sea fishing, Debra Jo went on to guest star on such acclaimed TV shows as Mork & Mindy and Fantasy Island and in the movie Spit Fire.

PMOY 1977 - PATTI MCGUIRE: Missouri girl Miss Patti McGuire worked as a Bunny at the Playboy Club in St. Louis before becoming Playboy Magazine’s Playmate of the Month for November 1976 and subsequently being named Playmate of the Year 1977. Pompeo Posar photographed her original pictorial. Her high school’s homecoming queen, Patti was a fan of the ocean, sex and Las Vegas. She married tennis star Jimmy Connors in 1979 and became a television producer.

PMOY 1976 - LILLIAN MÜLLER: The gorgeous Scandinavian model Lillian Müller, a Norwegian model and television actress, was first spotted by photographer Suze Randall (Playboy’s first female staff photographer), who shot her Playboy cover when Miss Müller was chosen as Playboy Magazine’s Playmate of the Month in August 1975. That issue’s centerfold was shot by Dwight Hooker. Miss Müller was subsequently named Playmate of the Year in 1976. Fun facts: In 1984 Müller appeared in Van Halen’s “Hot for Teacher” video as the chemistry teacher and she also played Rod Stewart’s love interest in the video “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” in 1978.

PMOY 1975 - MARILYN LANGE: Playboy Magazine’s Playmate of the Month for May 1974 was chosen to be 1975’s Playmate of the Year. Both pictorials were originally shot by Dwight Hooker. The curvaceous brunette loved “sapphire and diamond rings, snowy days and being caressed” but was not a fan of “snakes, spiders and rats.” She lived in Hawaii at the time her pictorial was shot and played soccer. The Chicago Sting men’s North American Soccer League selected her to be in their 1976 draft. She never played for them but she did do some promotion for the team.

PMOY 1974 - CYNDI WOOD: Playboy Magazine’s Playmate of the Year for 1974 was the lovely Cyndi Wood, a classic California beauty. With her sandy hair and trim figure, Miss Wood was chosen as Playboy’s Playmate of the Month in February 1973. Cyndi said she loved being a Playmate because “it pays well and it’s great publicity… and I have no hang-ups about nudity!” The creative model, who loved to design and sew her own clothes, said her best qualities were her sincerity and her loyalty. Her smoking hot centerfold was captured by the excellent photographer Pompeo Posar.

PMOY 1973 - MARILYN COLE: Playboy Magazine’s Miss January 1972 became Playmate of the Year in 1973. And she made history: Miss Cole was Playboy’s first ever full-frontal nude centerfold, though she does shield her loins discreetly with her hands. The British-born model considered herself easygoing. She was an avid swimmer and sailor and was a fan of a good scotch. Her unforgettable original pictorial was shot by the incredible Alexas Urba.

PMOY 1972 - LIV LINDELAND: Playboy Magazine’s Miss January 1971 and became Playmate of the Year in 1972. A Norwegian-born, leggy Valkyrie type, Miss Lindeland loved to waterski, study astrology and ice skate in her time away from modeling. She also had firm beliefs about naked pictures: the all-natural blonde believed in posing nude “because if one has an attractive body it should not be hidden.” Truer words were never spoken. Her original pictorial was photographed by Alexas Urba.

PMOY 1971 - SHARON CLARK: Born in Oklahoma, curvaceous, doe-eyed Playmate Sharon Clark had aspirations of teaching English literature at a small university someday. The sandy-haired beauty was Playboy Magazine’s Playmate of the Month in August 1970 and was later chosen to be Playmate of the Year in 1971. Her centerfold was expertly captured by both William Figge and Ed DeLong.

PMOY 1970 - CLAUDIA JENNINGS: Minnesota babe Claudia Jennings was November 1969’s Playmate of the Month and became Playboy Magazine’s Playmate of the Year in 1970. A natural redhead and avid reader (with an especial fondness for Ernest Hemingway and J.P. Donleavy), Miss Jennings loved to walk around Belmont Harbor in Chicago, camp and teach drama. Her original pictorial was shot by Pompeo Posar.

PMOY 1969 - CONNIE KRESKI: Playboy Magazine’s Playmate of the Year 1969, the effervescent Playmate Connie Kreski, was Playboy’s Miss January 1968. A nursing student in Detroit and a longtime Frank Sinatra fan, Miss Kreski had the same remarkable blue eyes as her matinee idol crush. Her pet peeve? People taking her to be just another dumb blonde. “I’m smarter than most of the people who talk down to me,” she said. This gal was indeed the real deal.

PMOY 1968 - ANGELA DORIAN/VICTORIA VETRI: San Fran native Victoria Vetri, who went by the less Italian-sounding pseudonym Angela Dorian, was a talented model and an acclaimed actress, garnering roles on such television shows as Perry Mason, Hogan’s Heroes and Bonanza—she even had a cameo in Rosemary’s Baby! Her original centerfold was photographed by Carl Gunther. Fun fact: Her incredible September 1967 Playmate pics were copied into Apollo 12’s astronaut checklists by NASA pranksters.

PMOY 1967 - LISA BAKER: Texas girl Lisa Baker was Playboy Magazine’s Miss November 1966 and 1967’s Playmate of the Year. Her original pictorial was shot by William Figge and Ed DeLong. Miss Baker went on to television work: she was the Budweiser Girl on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and she also appeared on the Jonathan Winters Show. Miss 1967 returned to our pages when she was featured in December 1979’s “Playmates Forever!” shoot.

PMOY 1966 - ALLISON PARKS: Playmate Allison Parks was an all-American model and actress who liked to fly light planes, swim and read Ian Fleming novels. A firecracker, she was chosen to be Miss October 1965 and then became Playmate of the Year in 1966. Miss Parks also graced our pages in the Playboy Mansion Pictorial in the January 1966 issue of Playboy. After her Playmate work, the gorgeous Miss Parks enjoyed a long career working in TV commercials.

PMOY 1965 - JO COLLINS: Playboy Magazine’s Playmate of the Year 1965, Jo Collins, was a half-Norwegian, half Spanish bombshell. With her nut-brown hair and her gorgeous figure, Miss December 1964 rose up through the ranks working her way through the Playboy Empire, first at the Playboy Clubs as a Bunny and later as a Bunny Mother, before graduating to become Playmate of the Year. Miss Collins’ original pictorial was photographed by the legendary Mario Casilli. Fun fact: Miss Collins was nicknamed “G.I. Jo” after she did a tour to Vietnam to entertain the troops during the Vietnam War.

PMOY 1964 - DONNA MICHELLE: Pretty ballerina Donna Michelle was Playboy Magazine’s Playmate of the Year in 1964 after garnering the title of Miss December 1963. The stunning California girl studied Russian ballet and worked for a stint with the New York City Ballet. At the time of her shoot she was all about riding horses and driving fast cars. A model, actress and photographer, her centerfold was shot by Pompeo Posar and Edmund Leja.

PMOY 1963 - JUNE COCHRAN: Playboy’s Playmate of the Year 1963 was known alternatively by her given name, June, or by her Playboy moniker, Miss December 1962. The buxom porcelain-skinned model was, however, beautiful in any season! The classic blonde pinup also made headlines as a beauty contestant, winning the titles of Miss Indiana and Miss World Beauty. A fun-loving gal, Miss Cochran liked to dance the twist and play miniature golf. Her original pictorial was photographed by Don Bronstein, Playboy Magazine’s first staff photographer.

PMOY 1962 - CHRISTA SPECK: A gorgeous, full-figured German girl, Christa Speck was a secretary by day and a model and actress by night. Handpicked to be Playboy Magazine’s Miss September 1961, Miss Speck was crowned Playmate of the Year in 1962. Her original pictorial was shot by the venerated glam photographer Sam Wu.

PMOY 1961 - LINDA GAMBLE: It was safe to bet that Miss Gamble’s hourglass good looks would take her to fame and notoriety. The doe-eyed blonde began as Playboy’s Miss April 1960 and graduated to the well-deserved Playmate of the Year status in 1961. Her sexy centerfold was captured by the celebrated photographer Mario Casilli.

PMOY 1960 - ELLEN STRATTON: Playboy’s Playmate of the Year 1960, the apple-cheeked Ellen Stratton, was born in Mississippi and grew up in L.A. Named Miss December 1959, the sandy-haired model became Playboy’s first “official” PMOY in 1960. The young woman’s ambitions? The forward-thinking model wanted to work her way up from legal secretary to lawyer.

PMOY 1959 - JOYCE NIZZARI: Playmate of the Year 1959 Joyce Nizzari was a gorgeous brunette of Italian descent who was born and bred in New York’s Bronx. Named Playboy Magazine’s Miss December 1958, the trim and talented Miss Nizzari found work as a model, dancer and actress. Her centerfold was photographed by the celebrated Bunny Yeager.

PMOY 1957 - LISA WINTERS: Playboy Magazine’s very first Playmate of the Year was Florida girl Lisa Winters. The lovely Miss Winters was first discovered sitting at a bus stop by Playboy photographer Bunny Yeager. She was said to be very shy and would only pose for female photographers. Although she was featured as Miss December 1956, she was just as important behind the scenes at Playboy: Miss Winters was employed as Hugh Hefner’s secretary at Playboy’s Chicago offices. The iconic blonde also starred in two R-rated movies: Bunny Yeager’s Nude Camera and Intimate Diary of Artists’ Models.

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