Shanna Marie McLaughlin is Playboy’s Miss July 2010. Originally from West Palm Beach, the model, actress, and entrepreneur was working as an account manager for an event planning company in Florida when she was transferred to Los Angeles.
“I saw an ad casting for a new Playboy TV series, Playboy Shootout,” she said. “I had been casting all over town, and most directors told me my boobs were too big. I figured the one thing I had left to do was Playboy.”
She decided to try out for the show, a contest featuring 10 models and 10 photographers, each vying for a chance to appear in the magazine. Shanna not only aced the audition, she beat out the competition to become Miss July 2010. Needless to say, her boobs were not too big for Playboy.
“The whole experience of being judged while naked and surrounded by cameras was amazing but also completely nuts! It was like Playmate boot camp,” said Shanna, who describes herself as a “guy’s girl” because she loves fishing, football, and darts. “I had never posed nude before, and standing nude in front of the judges—some of them former Playmates—got me ready to shoot my pictorial.”
Shanna’s modeling career has taken off, but it’s not her only focus. Before leaving for California she was three classes shy of earning a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Florida. She told Playboy, “I want to start a grant for women, kind of like an angel investment firm, to help them fund new businesses. You know, not all Playmates are dumb blondes—most of us have good business sense.”
Shanna is also socially conscious; she solicits donations to charity on her Twitter page, and has hosted parties for MS research. When she’s not working, she relaxes at home with her dog, Layla, and enjoys cooking and spending a bit of well-earned time on the couch. “I’ve seen every episode of Seinfeld at least once,” she said.
Shanna made national news in 2010 when she posed for a sexy photo shoot for aXis, an Orlando magazine, in a UCF locker room. After a video of the footage was featured online, the university apologized for permitting the shoot.
What turns a well-rounded woman like Shanna on? “Adventurous, spontaneous, athletic guys with a positive, fun-loving attitude inspire me,” she said. Her kind of guy “has deep eyes, can have a great conversation, and has an amazing body.”