As we announced last week, Claire Sinclair is the Playboy Playmate of the Year 2011. The newest pinup queen pays tribute to the glamour royalty of yore. Bettie Page. Dita Von Teese. And now Claire Sinclair—our 2011 Playmate of the Year and the latest addition to the pantheon of pinup queens. Claire wouldn’t have it any other… way. “Pinup girls are timeless,” says the curvaceous 20-year-old, a brunette bundle of brains and beauty. “Dita is contemporary pinup royalty, and Bettie has been one of my biggest inspirations because she was everything a pinup should be—sexy, funny and approachable.”
And so we wanted to bring these quintessential pinup qualities to life in the pictures before you, with, of course, a playful nod to the work of legendary glamour painter Gil Elvgren, the so-called Norman Rockwell of cheesecake. “I’m all about vintage, so I loved the idea,” Claire says. “I mean, getting to swing 10 feet in the air to replicate a 1950s pinup? That’s a dream come true. I’m a lucky, lucky girl.”
Claire’s ascent to Playmate of the Year has been swift and sure. One week after the native Angeleno first posed for our in-house pinup painter Olivia De Berardinis, in fall 2009, she met Hef, who promptly asked her to test shoot for Playmate and ultimately named her Miss October 2010. Next, Claire moved into the Bunny House with fellow PMOYs Hope Dworaczyk and Jayde Nicole and a gaggle of other Playmates, an event captured by E! cameras for the network’s August special The Bunny House. And that was merely a warm-up. Soon thereafter, producers from the fabled burlesque cabaret Crazy Horse Paris invited Claire to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to guest star in the stateside version of their revue. Not two weeks later, Bettie Page Clothing anointed her its official spokesmodel. “Becoming a Playmate opened up so many cool opportunities,” says Claire, who stayed with Holly Madison in her Planet Hollywood suite after performing with the Crazy Horse showgirls. There, E! cameras found her yet again as she became part of Holly’s World. “I knew this was my shot, so I worked my ass off. I even zip-lined down Fremont Street in a Crazy Horse Paris T-shirt for publicity. If they had asked, I would have bungee jumped off the Stratosphere!”
In Vegas she found a kindred spirit in 83-year-old burlesque starlet Tempest Storm. “I love Tempest. She co-starred in one of the only color films Bettie Page ever made, Teaserama. In it there’s a scene where Tempest wakes up and Bettie dresses her. By today’s standards it seems quite innocent, but at the time it was big-time frisky. Back then Tempest was known as the Girl With the Fabulous Front because she had these ginormous boobs, which she had insured for $1 million. Isn’t that fantastic? I don’t think I could be in better hands when it comes to learning about burlesque.”
When it comes to everything else, however, Hef is her numero uno guru. “I trust him with my life and career,” says Claire. She hopes that career includes more burlesque and lots of hosting, acting and writing gigs. (A book fiend, Claire counts David Sedaris and Chuck Palahniuk among her favorite authors.) “There’s so much I want to explore, because I’m curious about everything!” she bubbles forth with her trademark exuberance. “I was determined to become Playmate of the Year, and now that I have, I feel as successful as any 20-year-old could be. I’m so excited about it. I promise you that I’m going to liven it up as the pinuppiest Playmate of the Year you could ever imagine. This is just the beginning.”
Enjoy these pictures and be sure to join Claire Sinclair in the Playboy Cyberclub to see the entire photoshoot.
A big congratulations to Claire Sinclair, just crowned 2011’s Playboy Playmate of the Year! Today was the big celebration at Moon in Vegas, where Miss May 2010 Kassie Lyn Logsdon kept everyone up to date with photos on Twitter. Claire looks stunning in her bling bling swimsuit as she enjoys the Ditch Friday pool party, and we enjoy her juicy cleavage!
Hef expressed how happy he was that Claire Sinclair, Miss October 2010, the spokesmodel for Bettie Page and a two-time guest star in Crazy Horse Paris at MGM Grand, was selected. “Definitely the right choice! Wait till everybody sees her pictorial. It’s a classic — for the ages. We re-created all the famous pinups through the years, and she captured them perfectly.
Few Playmates can pull off the classic pinup look as well as Claire. But in these stunning photos that pay tribute to glamour royalty, pull it off she does—all of it—with a coy smile and tempting curves. “I’m all about vintage, so I loved the idea,” the 20-year-old Claire says. “I mean, getting to swing 10 feet in the air to replicate a 1950s pinup? That’s a dream come true. I’m a lucky, lucky girl.”
Claire Sinclair is the Playboy Playmate for October 2010. If you follow Claire Sinclair on Twitter, you will find such bons mots as “The new Sex and the City movie should be called Abstinence in the Wilderness.” And if you talk to the alabaster-skinned 19-year-old, you will discover she is a whirling dervish who worships Stevie Nicks, counts Pink Flamingos among her favorite movies and checks out 10 books from the library at a time. “I like all things vintage, and I devour information,” Claire says in a voice that summons the throaty tones of Scarlett Johansson. (Her face and figure echo her idol Bettie Page, one of the greatest pinups of all time.) A year ago Claire — then a burgeoning lingerie model known as Clairissa Irene — began trailblazing her own pinup path when she accompanied her father on a trip to the home of painter Olivia De Berardinis, a monthly Playboy contributor. “My dad is a huge Olivia fan, so our house has been decked out with her paintings my whole life,” says Claire. “Personally, I’ve wanted to be painted by her for as long as I can remember, so when I went to her house, I dressed exactly like a pinup.” Her charming subterfuge worked to perfection; the next day Olivia asked if Claire would model for her. Soon thereafter they cooked up the modeling moniker Claire Sinclair. “It’s a name you’re going to remember!” Claire explains. Not long after that, she was testing to be a Playmate — another dream-come-true moment. “Playmates are quintessential works of art,” she says. “I couldn’t be more honored.”
Claire Sinclair Bio
Name: Claire Sinclair
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Height: 5′ 8″
Weight: 125 lbs
Ambitions: To own and manage a teen/preteen nightclub and to work somewhere in the entertainment industry.
Turn-Ons: Boyish men, or, as I like to call them, man-boys (slightly awkward guys with adorable laughs and eccentricities).
Turnoffs: Men who smell.
My Secret: I am a closet Justin Bieber lover.
Every Woman Should Have: Well, at the very least, a vagina!
My Motto: Hakuna Matata! What a wonderful phrase…. It means no worries for the rest of your days.
The Ideal Date: I’m simple — just dinner and a movie…with Xavier Samuel, Angus T. Jones, Taylor Lautner or Michael Cera!!
What Every Man Should Know About Women: There is a place you can touch a woman that will drive her crazy…her heart.
I’ll Know I’ve Made It: When I see my ass in Playboy!!!
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Claire Sinclair is the Playboy Playmate for October 2010 and we have the exclusive online preview pictures of this hot natural brunette. Claire Sinclair has a lovely set of D cupped breasts that look absolutely perfect, and with her natural body (no plastic included) Miss October is sure to be a favourite with Playboy Readers.
Claire Sinclair Bio
Weight: 125 lbs
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA
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