On the cover of Playboy’s May/June issue, Nina Daniele poses in a martini glass, wearing only thigh highs and evening gloves. Nina’s 2018 Playmate of the Year pictorial pays homage to the Femlin, the classic Playboy character created by LeRoy Nieman who's appeared on the Party Jokes page every issue for the majority of the magazine's history. Indeed, Nina describes herself as mischievous and playful—the traits that characterize the Femlin—but she’s so much more than that.
During the cocktail hour, Nina’s friends and family, fellow Playmates, Playboy executives and guests gathered for drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Bartenders served a menu of appropriately-named drinks, including the Femlin (Cava, peach and Campari), the Drama Starter (Avion Silver tequila, espresso, cold brew, Godiva liquor and vanilla), and the Green with Envy (cucumber-infused Belvedere vodka, St. Germain liqueur, cilantro and jalapeño nectar). Actress Arielle Wyatt tells Playboy she wasn’t surprised that Nina, whom she describes as her “bestie from another teste," had earned the 2018 Playmate of the Year title. She says, "She wanted this so badly, and she put so much work into it."
He spoke about some of the company’s recent successes and told the audience that the Playboy Social Club at Palm Springs during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Playboy's No Tie Party in Washington, D.C., after the 2018 White House Correspondents' Association's annual dinner, were just the start of the impressive live events Playboy has planned for the future.
Kohn passed the mic to Cooper Hefner, Playboy's Chief Creative Officer, who thanked Nina and the other Playmates present for their work as brand ambassadors. He reflected on the history of the Playmates and said, "Whether we're thinking of Jenny McCarthy, Pamela Anderson, or we step into the present to see Nina Daniele, I am confident beyond belief that this strong and beautiful woman sitting in front of me so very much belongs in what is already an exceptional group of women." He listed a few of Nina's many positive attributes and said, “Between modeling jobs, Nina finds joy in a quieter pursuit—studying photography—but we're grateful that at some point in her life, she decided to also step in front of the lens." No doubt, millions of Playboy readers share that gratitude.
Nina often says she has “savage blood,” and it’s easy to believe, because she is a powerful presence, whether it’s in photographs, on video, or in person. Fierce, funny, confident and captivating, Nina Daniele is Playboy’s 2018 Playmate of the Year, and her journey is just beginning.—Lisa Beebe
The 2018 Playmate of the Year Issue: Signed Edition Featuring PMOY Nina Daniele
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View her breathtaking pictorial celebrating one of Playboy's most iconic characters, the Femlin