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The Definitive Playmate of the Year List

By Joe Donatelli

Every Playmate joins a very exclusive club. Only 12 a year are chosen. When one of those women is named Playmate of the Year, the honor is all the greater because only one of the 12 can be chosen. The selection of one among them to be PMOY is a distinct honor indeed.

Here’s how it works. The Playmate of the Year is selected by Hugh Hefner and the editors of Playboy Magazine. Their choice is informed by a reader poll that serves as an indicator of the popularity of various Playmates. The success of each Playmate’s original feature in the magazine and Playmate video also are factored in.

The pubic announcement occurs at the Playmate of the Year luncheon in the spring. The Playmate of the Year receives a special modeling and promotion fee of $100,000 and may receive additional promotional prizes. More than one Playmate has used the honor to launch a successful entertainment career.

We’ve compiled the definitive list of Playboy Playmates of the Year. Scroll back through time, kick down Memory Lane and bask in rarefied Playmate beauty.