For December 2015 Playmate and 2016 Playmate of the Year Eugena Washington—an accomplished fashion model who has already appeared in commercials for CoverGirl, Clinique and Lexus—deciding to pose for Playboy was kind of a no-brainer. “I don’t give myself boundaries,” says Eugena, who was born in South Carolina to a pair of civil rights leaders. “I begin every morning by taking a mental inventory of the positive things in my life and saying my thank-you’s. Then I tell myself to forget fear. If you’re asked to be a Playmate, it’s like, why the hell not?” This attitude has led Eugena to some incredible experiences, including skydiving from 19,000 feet on her birthday wearing only a zebra bikini and a harness. “It was the closest I could come to skydiving in my birthday suit,” she says. And with that, we’ll leave you with to get to know our 2016 Playmate of the Year a little better via her stunning photo shoots.