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Miss August 2016

Valerie van der Graaf

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  • Eye ColorBlue Eyes
  • Hair ColorBlondes
  • HometownRotterdam, Netherlands
  • TitlesMiss August 2016

About Valerie van der Graaf

Valerie van der Graaf is the Playmate of the Month for August 2016. The Dutch-born model grew up in Rotterdam, Netherlands, just south of Amsterdam. “It’s like a little New York,” Valerie says of Rotterdam. “And beautiful in a different way from Amsterdam.”

Miss August first got her start in modeling after getting discovered on Hyves, a social network site in Holland, at age 15. An agency reached out to her, and she went on a test shoot with her mom. “I found it all quite funny,” she told Sports Illustrated. “I was giggling. It was all very strange. I didn’t know how to pose in front of the camera. They kept asking me to look angry, less sweet.”

Valerie’s been all around Europe through her modeling career. She currently lives in London, but she’s been all around the continent. “I love traveling and exploring foreign cities,” she says. “It’s the best part of modeling, but I’m also pretty–how do you say it?–Euro trash. I love being European.”

And the best part about being in Europe? The wine. “Best thing about traveling in France, Italy or Spain is that you can go into any café and get an amazing glass of wine for four euros–practically nothing. Wine is cheaper there than Diet Coke, so why not drink it?”

Like many Europeans, Valerie is a big soccer fan (although we’re guessing she refers to it as football). Her favorite teams are Feyenoord in the Netherlands and Arsenal in England. But she loves other sports as well. “In 2012 I got tickets to the Olympic gold-medal women’s hockey match between Argentina and the Netherlands,” she says. “I went with three other Dutch women, all wearing orange, and the Netherlands won! We celebrated all night.”

And while she’s been all around Europe, she’s still a Dutch girl at heart. And that comes with some very specific traits. “The Dutch are very direct,” she says. “We prefer being honest. If we don’t want to do something, we’ll tell you. I’ve been hold I was at least a few times by an ex-lover. But I’m just being me.”

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