Sara Jean Underwood was Playboy’s Miss July 2006 and Playmate of the Year 2007. An only child, she’s from Scappoose, a small town in southern Oregon. Her first job was as a sales assistant for heavy construction equipment.
Sara was a marketing student at Oregon State when she went out for the Girls of the Pac-10 pictorial. “I had never done anything like that before,” she told Playboy. “I didn’t think that I was pretty enough.” Playboy did. She was so pretty that she made the cover of the October 2005 issue, wearing nothing but body paint—Oregon State colors—and holding a Bunny-branded football. The cover got a lot of attention, but most importantly, it got the attention of Hugh Hefner. He nominated Sara to be Playmate of the Month, and readers voted her Playmate of the Year. “One day I was a student, and the next I was Playmate of the Year,” Sara said.
Sara describes herself as an extremely private and shy person, but we’re glad she came out of her shell for Playboy. After spending four years at Oregon State, she’s now a successful model and actress in Los Angeles. She got her footing on The Girls Next Door and is a former host for Blackbelt TV and G4’s Attack of the Show.
Sara has appeared on Kendra, The Hills, Holly Madison’s E! True Hollywood Story, and MTV’s Ridiculousness. She guest-starred in Epic Movie, The House Bunny, and the Playboy-themed comedy Miss March and starred in the movies The Telling and Deadly Weekend. So what’s next? “I’m still working for Playboy,” she said. “And I love yoga, so I’m training to be a certified instructor.” Sara also plays poker professionally.
Sara’s other interests include black labs, horror movies, country music, camping, horseback riding, and shopping. It was while shopping in Beverly Hills that Sara discovered Ida Ljungqvist, who became 2009’s Playmate of the Year.