Stephanie Heinrich was Playmate of the Month for October 2001 and has the well-earned bragging rights of being the first Playboy Cybergirl to become a Playmate.
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Stephanie has traveled all over and developed a very successful career in TV and modeling. She was a Spike TV host for Casino Cinema, a contestant on The Weakest Link and Street Smarts, was featured on the hit TV series Rendezvous, and was in rapper Ja Rule’s music video “Living it Up” in 2001. She also appeared in the glossy pages of Vanity Fair and British GQ.
Stephanie first appeared in Playboy in October 2000 for the first “Girls of Conference USA” issue after Playboy scouts spotted the blonde. Next thing she knew, she was doing a test shoot for Playboy. She was pursuing a criminal justice degree at the University of Cincinnati when she did her test shoot, but she postponed college in her second year when she was given the opportunity to live out her dream of posing for Playboy.
The Cincinnati native began splitting her time between Los Angeles and her hometown, but Cincinnati always remained close to her heart. “I never forget where I came from,” she told Playboy. “After I moved to Los Angeles, a lot of people back home said, ‘I’m surprised—you haven’t changed at all.’”
Her continued hard work and constant travel began to pay off. Hugh Hefner made Stephanie the very first Cybergirl of the Week for Playboy in September 2000, and she was soon named Cybergirl of the Month in January 2001. She secured her first Playmate cover and centerfold in October of the same year. Her centerfold took place in a locker room, which was a very comfortable environment considering she grew up playing backyard football with her older brothers and was a high school cheerleader.
After her first Playmate pictorial came out, Stephanie lived out her dreams of being a Playmate. Between going on European vacations with Hugh Hefner and spending weekends at The Mansion, she appeared in several Playboy videos and pictorials and was featured in three Playboy TV specials.
After an amazing career in Los Angeles, Miss October 2001 moved away from the West Coast and found her way back home to Cincinnati. She completed her goal of going back to school and graduated from Cincinnati’s Galen College of Nursing. She has two children.