- Santa Monica, California
- On growing up
- I feel I've matured into a woman who's confident in her sexuality, in how she looks and takes care of herself.
- On misconceptions
- People have preconceived notions about the children of the boss. But anyone who knows me knows what I can do.
- On the Lakers
- I finally realized my fantasy: to wear the uniform and not just be cheering from the sidelines.
When her father passed in 2013, Buss took over as owner and President of the LA Lakers. Beyond nepotism, Jeanie has thrived in an arena that few women have been able to conquer— succeed in the male-dominated world of pro sports ownership. Buss’ life journey in this work began when she was a shy teenager. “People have preconceived notions about the children of the boss,” she told Playboy. “But anyone who knows me knows what I can do.” Her keen interest in her future career of sports came early and honestly. Jeanine is the best example of how exposure can help mold and expand a youth’s mind. "I would take along my Barbie dolls when my dad would take us to track meets and football games," Jeanie recounts in her May 1995 pictorial, laughing at the introduction to her future career. "But then I got kind of obsessed with sports."
But the honest and true reason Buss posed for Playboy is simple. She was a long-time fan of the iconic, sophisticated brand and just like her successful sports team ownership career appearing in the publication was one of her dreams as young woman. “I thought, what are all the things I’ve wanted to do? Being featured in Playboy was one of them. As an 18-year-old, I couldn’t have done this,” Buss recalled in 1995. “But I feel I’ve matured into a woman who’s confident in her sexuality, in how she looks and in how she takes care of herself. This, to me, was the perfect statement that I wanted to make about myself.”