While it is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to our beautiful 2012 Playmate of the Year Jaclyn Swedberg, we are over the moon about this year’s winner Raquel Pomplun. In addition to the legendary title she shares with just a few other Playmates, she’ll also go down in history as being Playboy’s first ever Mexican-American PMOY!

This vixen has no problem admitting that she came into the Playboy world as a happy mistake; she dishes that it was in fact the Playboy receptionist who discovered her. It must’ve been the work of fate that brought her to the brand. Raquel ended up posing as Miss April 2012 in last year’s issue as well as on the cover with Bruno Mars that same month. And the luscious curves of Raquel Pomplun have been stuck in our minds ever since! Whether we were tuning in to Playboy Radio to hear her co-host on the show Playmates Present, drooling over her photo shoot with Ciara Price in this year’s Music Issue or watching her present the latest bad boy on Blackbelt TV, we just couldn’t get enough of Raquel.

We caught up with Miss PMOY 2013 herself at her unveiling to find out who would be her ideal celebrity to pose with next (you better call her, Pitbull!), what she’s looking forward to the most about her year as PMOY and a chat with the legendary Hugh Hefner about why the title of Playmate of the Year is such a special one.

Check out her PMOY shoot on Playboy.com coming May 17th!