Miss May 2011 Sasha Bonilova is one of the bustiest Playmates ever. She grew up in Lutsk, Ukraine, a city in the western part of the country, and moved with her family to the United States when she was 17. Sasha didn’t know a word of English when she came to the United States but picked up the language quickly.
Sasha says her experiences in Ukraine and the United States are completely different. People mature at a younger age where she grew up and grasp their responsibilities more easily. She believes her independent spirit is a result of her foreign upbringing. In addition to Ukrainian and English, she also speaks Russian, German, and Polish proficiently.
Her family is very traditional and didn’t embrace her appearing in Playboy initially. They eventually came around and were ecstatic when she became Miss May. Her mother even saw her pictorial before Sasha did.
Appearing in Playboy had always been a dream. However, there were no open castings in Chicago when Sasha moved to the city. Many of her friends encouraged her to travel to another city to try out for the magazine. She eventually went to a casting call in Denver. She said she never imagined she would have an opportunity like being a Playmate while growing up Ukraine.
Sasha considers herself a tomboy. She owns a Yamaha sports bike that she painted yellow and blue, the same colors as the Ukrainian flag. She wears a tight leather jacket when she rides to keep her “assets” close to the body. Sasha participated in gymnastics while growing up in Ukraine. She’s a big sports fan. She’s a supporter of mixed martial arts, both training and watching. She particularly likes jujitsu and wrestling. Soccer and hockey were important to her during childhood.
Sasha also enjoys the finer things in life. She loves listening to opera, particularly Andrea Bocelli. She met Seth Riggs (vocal coach to Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Ray Charles) at a Playboy Mansion party and couldn’t stop asking him about music. Despite her love of the art, she said she’s a horrible singer and would embarrass herself if she pursued it.
Sasha attended Harrington College of Design in Chicago with hopes to become an interior designer. She said she wanted to use her Playmate earnings to start her own firm. She’s also interested in acting.