Playboy Retro: Sweet Swedish Playmates

By Playboy.com Staff

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<p>The sexy Swedish Playmates from the early years of Playboy are featured for your viewing pleasure. </p>


THE SWEDISH SEX BOMB—tall, blonde, built—may be a cliché, and yet in all probability, the phrase “Swedish model” brings to mind happy images of statuesque blue-eyed, flaxen-haired Viking goddesses for most. As you might imagine, Playboy has featured a number of sexy Swedish Playmates over the years, and today we’re taking a look at the first three Swedes ever to pose for us. What might surprise you about this trinity of cool beauties is that they’re brunettes, not the glossy blondes of your daydreams. Whether or not they fit the Nordic archetype of feminine beauty, we can say without a doubt that these women are absolute knockouts.

A hit in her native country, Zahra Norbo had won the title of Miss Sweden 1955 before arriving to conquer the U.S. in the 1950s in pursuit of an acting and modeling career. She appeared in a number of performances in television and movies but is still best remembered for her adorably sexy pictorial in Playboy, as 1958’s Miss March, in a bright, sun-drenched, joyful outdoor shoot. The natural setting is a nice complement to the glory of Zahra’s natural endowments.

Lenna Sjööblom went to Chicago to visit a cousin in 1970 and America suited her, so she stuck around. With her stunning good looks and fierce presence, she lost no time in starting her modeling career and posed for Playboy’s November 1972 issue. Lenna’s heart-stirring pictorial is enough to buy her immortality, but she’s eternally famous as “the first lady of the Internet”: In 1973 the upper half of her centerfold was used to test early photo scanning technology, and using the picture became something of a tradition in the field. To this day that picture of Lenna’s torso is used to test digital image processing technology.

{“pbembedwidget”:“gallery”,“id”:“15743”,“size”:“large”,“alignment”:“left”} Miss August 1983, Carina Persson, is another Swede Playboy captured frolicking in nature. Originally from Stockholm, Carina headed to Boulder, Colorado, where she rejoiced in the Colorado countryside. An environmentalist, her Playboy biography went so far as to dub her “A missionary of the earth.” Carina’s photo shoot showcases a number of hot pictures of her playing in green fields, sandy beaches and gardens of flowers. This woman might be the most beautiful Persson in the world.

See the sexy Swedes who appeared in Playboy in our first four decades in the above gallery.


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