Miss December 2009
- Eye ColorGreen Eyes
- Hair ColorBlondes
- HometownLake Havasu City, Arizona
- TitlesMiss December 2009
About Crystal Hefner
Playmate Crystal Harris was Miss December 2009, but she’s best known for another title—Mrs. Hugh Hefner. Crystal graduated from La Jolla High School. In 2008, she was at San Diego State University—one semester short of her degree—when she met Hefner.
“I went to a Halloween party at the Mansion, and there he was,” she said. “He was so easy to talk to. We were both psychology majors, so we had a lot in common. It was like we already knew each other.” Soon the pair was inseparable. Hefner asked her to be his No.1 girlfriend and move in with him at the Mansion, and then he asked her to be Miss December 2009.
After a year of weekend trips and romantic dinners Hefner proposed to Crystal on Christmas Eve with a three-carat diamond ring, and she said yes. Five days before the wedding, Crystal got cold feet and ended their engagement. The new issue of Playboy introduced her as Mrs. Hugh Hefner, and she had to be rebranded as a runaway bride.
“I was overwhelmed,” she explained. “Hef proposed to me on camera. There were legal proceedings—a prenuptial agreement, Playmate contracts—and there were other girls. It was too much for me.”
Crystal still had a place in her heart for the Playboy founder, and in June 2012—nearly a year to the day that she ended the engagement—she announced their reconciliation. “We’re happy,” said Crystal. “I’m his number-one girl again.” Indeed, she is. On December 31, 2012, at the Mansion, Crystal Harris became Mrs. Hugh Hefner in an intimate family ceremony.
Crystal is a busy woman. In 2009 she appeared on the reality show The Girls Next Door. In 2010, inspired by her father, who sang professionally, she signed a recording contract with Universal’s Organica Music Group. In 2012 she co-designed a swimwear line. In 2014 she had a DJ residency, under the name Crystal Hefner, at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas.
Like Hefner Crystal has had a lifelong love of philanthropy. Not that she’s a total saint. “I won’t lie—I love glamour,” she said. “Flying in private planes and fine dining? Give it to me all day, every day! But growing up, I was far from being a rich girl, so I don’t take this for granted. I want to be a Playmate who is a good role model.”