Raquel Pomplun is our Playboy Playmate of the Year for 2013. Felicidades are in order for Raquel Pomplun, our Miss April 2012, and now newly crowned Playmate of the Year 2013. A spirited Latina raised in Tijuana, Mexico, Raquel’s ascent to the top of the Playmate hierarchy has been one of note. “Actually, I was discovered by a receptionist at the Playboy office,” she says with a contagious laugh. “I sent my picture, and two weeks later, they called and invited me to do a test shoot.” Raquel is no stranger to a warm welcome – before she was a Playmate, she was receptionist, and with a smile like hers, she must have been good at her job. These days, Raquel has nixed the Rolodex – she’s a successful model, co-host on Playboy XM Radio’s Playmates Present, presenter for Blackbelt TV, and most recently, an actress in Wayne Holloway’s Snake and Mongoose. “I want to live life to the fullest,” she says. For a woman on top of the world, Raquel is delightfully down to earth, and we think it’s safe to say that this Playmate will have a full plate for years to come.
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Corinna Harney is the Playboy Playmate for August 1991, and the Playmate of the Year for 1992. Strolling the Strip in her glitzed-out home town, Corinna Harney looks positively tame. A jaunty chapeau atop her gold tresses, a low-cut black blouse under a fish-net sweater that matches her candy-pink lipstick — well, the look is practically prosaic next to the checkered polyesters and wild midnight styles of other Las Vegas Strip walkers. The same can’t be said for Corinna herself. She is as surprising as the cactus flowers that sprang from the Nevada desert the week we met her. She’s a poet in a town full of dice players, a Vegas lover who has never gambled, a blonde whose hair should have been either black or red (her heritage is Cherokee-Irish, on both sides of the family). In a desert of neon, Corinna is a placid oasis. “I was never quite in sync with society,” she says. Growing up in Nevada teaches a girl to make her own way. One way was poetry. When words failed her, she just goofed off: Too young to hang out in the casinos, Corinna and her school pals used to hit the Strip and act silly. “It was great. Everything was open late. We’d watch the people, pretending we were tourists.” Sometimes, they were tourist terrorists, using squirt guns or waters balloons to startle out-of-towners. The cops put a stop to that; Vegas caters to visitors and expects young locals to find their own fun until they turn 21. On weekends, the kids trucked to the desert. Garage bands plugged in portable generators and bounced thrash rock off the night sky; Corinna and friends danced. They also watched shooting stars. “In the desert, you’ll see four or five in a few hours,” she says. “I’d make a wish on every one.” One of her wishes, way back then, was to be a Playmate of the Month. “And now I am,” says Miss August. “Maybe shooting stars do work.”
Don’t think Corinna misses out on physical pleasures. Like many a Nevadan, she has jet-skied nude on Lake Mead. And one of her love poems reads as follows: “Flowing through your arms, drinking from your streams/Fantasizing you as a mountain of pleasure/Seeing your skin, I feel the need to find your treasures./ If you can’t tell, the fairy tale is true./Lying side by side, this adventureland for me and you.”
Corinna never wished to be Playmate of the Year. Corinna used to sit in her car in Nevada’s Amargosa Desert, making wishes on shooting stars, wishing to be Playboy’s Playmate of the Month. But Playmate of the Year? Forget it. Being the woman who aces out 11 beauties and gets a life of silk and limousines for a year, plus a hot new car and $100,000? “That was too beyond,” Corinna told us then, at age 20. “I mean, I loved getting to keep the boots I wore in my pictorial, the ones with the aces,” she says. “I just never pictured this.”
Corinna Harney Bio
Name: Corinna Harney
Height: 5′ 3″
Weight: 105 lbs
Birthplace: Bremerhaven, Germany
Ambitions: To get a good education, to stay interested in people and excited about life!
Turn-Ons: New places, bodies of water, looking at a sky full of stars, laughter.
Turnoffs: Fake people, liars, gossip, slow cars in the fast lane, people who make snap judgments.
Favorite People: My boyfriend, Dean, my Mom, my best friend, Jo’rene, and anyone who likes these pictures!
A Sexy Man: He’s rough & tough, fit & funny — and he’s always my buddy.
My Health Foods: Chocolate-chip pancakes and root beer.
Corinna’s Night Out: On a warm, rainy evening, he brings a ladder to my second-story window. We escape to the mountains, above the rain, to gaze at the stars.
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It’s time for the most important election since the big one in November! Twelve gorgeous Playmates are competing for the ultimate title of Playboy Playmate of the Year 2013! It’s an incredibly difficult decision to make, as each of these luscious ladies is a sheer delight to the eyes and all the other senses. If you need a refresher on each of these 12 babes, check out all of the Playboy Playmates before making your decision.
Now it’s your turn to tell us what you think in our exclusive 2013 Playmate of the Year Poll. We want to know your pick for Playmate of the Year. Cast your vote in our poll that you’ll find along the side of the blog. If your favorite Playmate wins, you’ll have plenty of gloating rights the next time you get together with your buddies. You might even get a beer out of the deal – making you a winner all the way!
Julie Lynn Cialini is the Playboy Playmate for February 1994, and our Playboy Playmate of Year 1995. “Hi Dolly, hello, horsey, how’s my girl?” Julie Lynn Cialini coos to a horse she has only just met. We’re walking along Michigan Avenue in Chicago, and she charged right up and kissed the carriage-pulling nag on the nose while Dolly’s driver shivered with cold — or perhaps envy. Miss February is definitely a soft touch when it comes to animals. When modeling jobs take her away from her Rochester, New York home – and her five cats – she takes on surrogate pets. In Milan she supplied food every day for a homeless pooch; in Miami Beach she adopted a cat. “I get upset when I’m in Miami because there are so many strays,” she says. “Someday, when my career takes off, I want to try to make things better for animals.” Miss February loves another canine species – the underdog. Her own life has been a triumph over tough times. Her parents divorced when she was nine, and Julie and her two sisters were raised by their mother. “Mom did a great job, but she had to work hard. She took out a second mortgage on the house just to raise us,” she recalls. School was no joy, either. “My high school was clannish,” Julie says. “Either you were somebody or you were nobody. It brought me down, because I was never part of the crowd.” Ah, but living well – and looking good – are the best revenge. “I started filling out after high school,” she says. “I was so skinny back then.” Last year, when she went to her five-year reunion, “I got all decked out, looked just about the best I could and all eyes were on me.” The recognition was gratifying. “I like to be the center of attention,” she admits. “That’s why I love modeling so much. It makes me feel good about myself.” These days Julie has a reason to feel good. The jobs are coming fast and furious. And now there’s the pictorial before you. “I’m really excited about being Miss February,” she says. “I hope I can be everybody’s Valentine Day present.” Great, Julie – just skip the wrapping.
Julie Lynn Cialini Bio
Name: Julie Lynn Cialini
Birthplace: Rochester, New York
Height: 5′ 11″
Weight: 126 lbs
Ambitions: I’m not into making millions, but I wouldn’t mind having Cindy Crawford’s career.
Turn-Ons: Guys with long hair, washboard bellies, soft skin, muscles, fast cars!
Turnoffs: Cold weather, jealousy, men who think money can buy love.
Best Heart-Pounding Experience: Bungee-jumping from 15 stories with nothing below me, wearing nothing but my G-string bikini.
Worst Heart-Pounding Experience: Standing in the Atlantic Ocean for a photo shoot (also in a bikini) while a stingray brushed across my ankle!
How To Really Make My Heart Pound: Be nice, be romantic, be yourself, don’t try to be a hotshot — but definitely be hot!
See more of Julie Lynn Cialini nude at the Playboy Cyberclub.
Playboy Playmate of the Year Jaclyn Swedberg is back in a hot new pictorial to celebrate her PMOY status. Laid out on an ornate French setée, Jaclyn’s done up in a corseted black bra, panties, thigh-highs and a pair of patent pumps. But what stands out is Jaclyn herself – one leg crossed demurely over another, brown hair falling loose over her shoulders, soft brown eyes staring intently into yours. This set is all about materiality – the velvet upholstery, the satin sheets; the smoothness of Jaclyn’s skin and silkiness of her hair. It’s her first time shooting with Jared Ryder, and she’s very pleased with the results. “He’s got really good direction,” says Jaclyn. “It was just beautiful. I’m really proud of these.”
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Playboy Playmate of the Year Jaclyn Swedberg is back for our viewing pleasure thans to photographer Jared Ryder in this sumptuous pictorial. Laid out on an ornate French setée, Jaclyn is done up in a corseted black bra, panties, thigh-highs and a pair of patent pumps. But what stands out is Jaclyn herself – one leg crossed demurely over another, brown hair falling loose over her shoulders, soft brown eyes staring intently into yours. This set is all about materiality – the velvet upholstery, the satin sheets; the smoothness of Jaclyn’s skin and silkiness of her hair. It’s her first time shooting with Jared Ryder, and she’s very pleased with the results. “He’s got really good direction,” says Jaclyn. “It was just beautiful. I’m really proud of these.”
Enjoy these super hot new pictures as well as the video, and be sure to see the entire set at Playboy.. and be ready for more from Jaclyn Swedberg in the future!
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.
Christina Santiago is the Playboy Playmate for August 2002, and this gorgeous brunette won the crown of Playboy Playmate of the Year for 2003. The 20-year-old Chicago native’s striking features helped her become a professional model, and she appeared in Fox’ Girl Next Door: The Search for a Playboy Centerfold. “I didn’t feel uncomfortable, because I’m content with my body, and I’m not afraid to show it.” She was even less shy around the cameramen recording her every move for two weeks — much of the footage was deemed too hot for television. “We couldn’t talk to the crew at all,” she says. “The only thing that we could do when the cameramen left the room, which was probably mean on our part, was to purposely do something outrageous so they’d run back to the room trying to get to their cameras. I made out with this girl on the show, but I don’t think you see that on network TV.” So all signs point to the contestants’ getting along, right? “Everyone thought there would be catfights. But the contract specifically said, ‘No pulling hair, no spitting, no biting,’” she says. “I was laughing so hard!”
“I’m attracted to guys who are older than 26, over six feet tall, with a nice ass. I’m a butt girl, so I like a guy who has a nice body and takes good care of himself. He doesn’t have to be cut, just not fat, OK? I would love it if a guy would take me out to karaoke on a first date, because that would show how open-minded and courageous he is. I can always feel the vibe right away if there’s the potential to date someone seriously. In the near future, I see myself with my man in our house, being very happy.”
Christina Santiago Bio
Name: Christina L. Santiago
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Height: 5′ 5″
Weight: 108 lbs
Ambitions: To become an actress or choreographer.
Turn-Ons: Good looks, honesty, good sense of humor, intelligence and a man in touch with his sensitive side.
Turnoffs: Vanity, dishonesty, superficial people and stupidity.
Every Woman Should Have: Great shoes, sexy underwear, and Eminem CD and a toothbrush!
My Favorite Food: Cheeseburgers, pizza puffs and goat cheese salad.
Five Movies I’ve Watched Several Times: “Pretty Woman,” “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” “Friday,” “What Dreams May Come,” “Ace Ventura – Pet Detective.”
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Ida Ljungqvist is the Playboy Playmate for March 2008, and of course she won the title of Playboy Playmate of the Year 2009. It is very remiss of me not to have posted already about one of the hottest playmates ever, so I better make up for it with some of her hottest pictures, and maybe post a couple extra!
Playmate of the Year Sara Jean Underwood wasn’t shopping for talent when she walked into Bebe in Beverly Hills, but in 26-year-old sales specialist Ida (pronounced “EE-duh”) Ljungqvist she spotted a must-have item. Sara and Ida got to chatting, and our ad hoc scout realized this one was more than just an exotic beauty with a flawless figure. As Sara would later tell Holly Madison, Ida has the spark and flair of a Playmate. Soon thereafter the Girls Next Door showed up unannounced at the clothing boutique, camera crew in tow. “I was in total shock when they asked me to pose,” Ida says. “I’m kind of a thrill seeker. Throw me in–I’ll sink or swim!”
Such fearlessness is hardly surprising in a woman who lived in more countries before the age of 18 than most people will ever visit. She was born in Tanzania to a Swedish father and a Tanzanian mother and, because of her father’s work with UNICEF, grew up in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, France, the U.K., Sweden and Denmark. She speaks three languages (English, Swedish and Swahili), has a degree in fashion design and marketing and plans to study economics, among other subjects. Ida devotes a lot of time to charity work, a passion she inherited from Pops. “I’m a really positive person,” she says. “My dad, he’s, like, saving the world, so good luck to whoever decides to marry me! He’ll have some big shoes to fill. I love Playboy because I get to meet people from all over the planet.”
Ida Ljungqvist Bio
Name: Ida Ljungqvist
Height: 5′ 4″
Weight: 108 lbs
Ambitions: Modeling, writing comedic short stories, learning a fourth language and taking up golf.
Turn-Ons: Laughter and a great sense of humor. A guy who can disco and do the “sprinkler” dance.
Turnoffs: Close-mindedness, negative attitudes, arrogance and narcissism.
Charities I Have Worked For: Unicef, Boys & Girls Clubs, Mother Teresa’s organization.
Plans For Continuing My Education: I would like to complete a master’s in communications.
Favorite Foods To Make: Red-velvet cake, lasagna, pilau (an African rice dish).
What I Value Most In This World: Freedom and the ability to live a life where your wildest dreams come true!
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Carmella DeCesare is the Playboy Playmate for April 2003 and also won the Playboy Playmate of the Year title for 2004. After seeing these pictures you can see why Carmella easily won the Playmate of the Year title, that body of hers is smoking hot! We first met Carmella back in 2002 on Fox’s Girl Next Door: The Search for a Playboy Centerfold, and after dropping out early Hef got Carmella in for a test shoot to become Cybergirl of the Week, in February 2003 she became Cybergirl of the Month and just two months later she became a Playmate! When your this damn hot things happen fast!
It seems Carmella DeCesare, a fresh-faced 20-year-old from Westlake, Ohio, took her share of knocks in high school. “I was the girl everybody liked to tease,” she confesses. “I wanted to be friends with everyone and have a good time, but it just didn’t work out that way. I had three good girlfriends in high school and they stuck by me. Kids at that age are horrible and look for someone to pick on, and I guess I was it. I hadn’t grown up yet — I had big red-frame glasses and no style. My mom and my stepdad always told me, ‘Those boys who make fun of you are going to want to date you later.’ I never believed them, but now it’s my time to shine.”
Carmella DeCesare Bio
Name: Carmella Danielle DeCesare
Birthplace: Avon Lake, Ohio
Height: 5′ 8″
Weight: 118 lbs
Ambitions: To obtain a successful career in pharmaceutical sales, get a master’s degree and eventually become an awesome mom.
Turn-Ons: Ambition, sense of humor, blond hair, green eyes, muscles and a handy man with great power tools!
Turnoffs: Dishonesty, bad pickup lines and people who are fake, rude or jealous.
My Pooches: Two of my favorite boys! My cuties always make me laugh.
If I Weren’t Modeling, I’d Work As: An actress! Something I have not yet done but hope to accomplish.
People I Admire: Those who start at the bottom and strive to make it to the top.
The Most Important Thing In My Life: My family and best friends.
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In keeping with the celebratory mood of the new Playboy Playmate of the Year, I found this great gallery featuring past PMOYs and the cars they get for winning the title.
Since 1964, Playboy has given a car to every Playmate of the Year. The girls are given an option to pick their hot new ride, and this year a bike was picked instead! Hope Dworaczyk received a BMW S1000RR motorcycle for her title. Another substitute for a car was Sharon Clark, Playmate of the Year 1971, who picked a Spectra 20 ski boat complete with a big Playboy bunny. The cars are sometimes donated as part of a marketing campaign or purchased by Playboy.
More than 50 years after introducing the illustrious Playmate Centerfold, Playboy is making history again with the introduction of its first-ever 3-D Centerfold in the magazine’s June 2010 issue (on newsstands May 14 and online now).
Playboy’s 2010 Playmate of the Year Hope Dworaczyk is featured in the seductive 3-D nude image, which comes to life before readers’ own eyes. The first-of-its-kind Centerfold is sponsored by HBO to promote the launch of “True Blood” Season 3, which premiers on the network June 13. The Centerfold is also accompanied by a 3-D “True Blood” ad, complimentary 3-D glasses, and a series-themed Data Sheet with vampire-inspired stats and facts – adding a creative, new twist to the classic magazine feature.
“I wanted to create a 3-D pictorial for the very first issue of Playboy, but didn’t have enough money to include the 3-D glasses,” said Playboy founder Hugh M. Hefner. “I’m happy to see the idea come to fruition with the help of one of my favorite TV shows, “True Blood,” and I think Playboy fans will enjoy seeing our Playmate of the Year’s true form.”
The three-page 3-D image was shot using state-of-the-art, stereoscopic, high-resolution digital photography. When viewed with the “True Blood”-sponsored 3-D glasses included in this collector’s edition of the magazine, the image appears to jump off the page and come to life.