Playboy’s Playmates

1980 – 1989


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Playmates of The Year (PMOY)


Playmates of The Month (PMOM)

Gig Gangel

For one thing, marriage doesn’t appeal to me at all.

Henriette Allais

I can go from totally innocent to totally sophisticated to totally sexy.

Jeana Tomasino

I need a lot of romance. That extra phone call, flowers or something silly in the mail.

Lisa Welch

This is my first experience as a nude model, but, I find it to be easier than fashion modeling.

Liz Glazowski

I think Catholics are probably more guilt-ridden about sex than other people, but I’m not.

Mardi Jacquet

Don’t ask me a lot of questions. I’m too complicated, too full of contradictions.

Martha Thomsen

I’m a person of extremes. I’m caught between the romantic and the bizarre. I love things that are not necessary.

Ola Ray

I like to wear wild clothes, to hear people clapping. I love that vibe.

Sandy Cagle

It’s a freedom for me, a release. I can express myself better that way than verbally.

Teri Peterson

Sex, for me, anyway, is almost an artistic expression created by two people. Of course, it helps if you’re in love.

Terri Welles

I’ll get a chance to present what I hope will be a good imagine of the Playmates to the public.

Victoria Cooke

Sailing is like sex, when you haven’t done it for a while, it’s especially great!

Cathy Larmouth

I think women are more emotional than men. I don’t think blurring the sex roles makes any sense.

Debbie Boostrom

My family thinks my being a Playmate is wonderful. Even my grandmother thought it was great.

Gina Goldberg

I like older men because, let’s face it, they know how to behave with a woman.

Heidi Sorenson

It took me a while to pose for Playboy though, but, I thought if I didn’t do it, I’d kick myself later.

Karen Elaina Price

I don’t like to call it sex; I call it making love.

Kelly Tough

I don’t think I’ve ever been in love. I’ve loved people, but not love love.

Kymberly Herrin

I always lose the staring contest, because I think he’ll see the lust in my heart.

Lorraine Michaels

I’ve been the girl next door to more people than I can count.

Patricia Farinelli

It’s all nonsense; one guy likes legs, another guy likes boobs… you have to look at what’s inside.

Shannon Lee Tweed

I really had always wanted to be a Playmate. Every girl’s fantasy is to be the most beautiful.

Susan Smith

When you go up for your black belt, there are no more camera angles. You recite the poem of perseverance.

Vicki Lynn Lasseter

I know my Playboy work isn’t going to last forever and I want to take advantage of all of it.

Anne-Marie Fox

I used to think then, I wish I had a body good enough to be in Playboy!

Cathy St. George

I always worked on my personality, because I thought that was the only thing that would get me anywhere.

Charlotte Kemp

Running has opened up my life. Besides the physical part of it, there’s spiritual dimension.

Connie Brighton

I guess he liked that. Anyway, he noticed me. And I was hired.

Karen Witter

I’d rather do something physically dangerous than go along on an even keel.

Kimberly McArthur

Lying in front of a fire, roasting marshmallows. If you can’t tell, I’m a hopeless romantic.

Kym Malin

If you talked to the opposite sex more than to your own, you had a problem.

Linda Rhys Vaughn

My mother told me that if you don’t follow up on your dreams, you’ll wind up desperate and frustrated. So I called Playboy.

Lourdes Estores

I love the feel of the stage—the lights, the smiles, the fun—but, I don’t think I could ever be a star myself.

Lynda Wiesmeier

I don’t really worry about anything. I think about things a lot, but I never worry.

Marianne Gravatte

I try not to make eye contact, but, sometimes you can’t avoid it. Being the center of attention makes me nervous.

Marlene Janssen

I’m too much of an outdoorsy person for a nine-to-five job. I had one for two years, and after I quit.

Alana Soares

Girls come up to me on campus and ask, “Are you proud to be in Playboy?” I say yes. It’s an honor to be a Playmate and a brunette.

Barbara Edwards

I didn’t know the models would be nude! I could have died, I was so embarrassed.

Carina Persson

I like to experiment with sex, to feel my way along in finding out what the other person likes and to show him what I like.

Christina Ferguson

What do I have to say about these pictures? Well, I’ve always enjoyed lying around naked with eight or ten people taking pictures.

Jolanda Egger

Working with Playboy has been the turning point of my life.

Lonny Chin

I was lucky enough to be chosen as the first video Playmate on both the cassette and the disc versions.

Melinda Mays

Ice cream is one of my weaknesses. I’d say I go to Baskin-Robbins for ice cream at least four nights a week.

Ruth Guerri

You have to pull yourself out of a depression. You can’t depend on someone else to do it.

Susie Scott

I am religious. All of my life, I was dictated to—dos and don’ts.

Terry Nihen

I don’t know when I first thought of modeling as a career. I knew it was a clothes-on, clothes-off proposition.

Tracy Vaccaro

I don’t have that kind of look, but I’ve got a real nice body, and I’ve got… beautiful legs.

Veronica Gamba

I’d rather be the one with the money. I want my own, you know what I mean?

Debi Johnson

I took a look at the Playmate and thought for sure I would grow up to look like that

Dona Speir

How long will I model? Well, I believe I’ll go crazy before I get too old for this business.

Justine Greiner

Being a Playmate has made me more aware that I can be sexy. I think every woman should pose nude.

Karen Velez

One of the reasons I posed for Playboy was to see if I was really as insecure about my looks as I thought I was.

Kimberly Evenson

I used to be really shy, and I’ve just broken that barrier.

Lesa Ann Pedriana

When I was in high school, I thought being a Playmate was far too… I mean, I couldn’t even see that.

Liz Stewart

It’s easy after you become a Bunny and you know what you’re doing, know the ropes. But, it’s not easy to become a Bunny.

Patty Duffek

I had never modeled before in my life. So, naturally, I hadn’t modeled with my clothes off.

Penny Baker

First of all, my parents never talked to us about sex. It just never came up.

Roberta Vasquez

I discovered I have to adopt a different personality toward the public because I’m a woman.

Suzi Schott

I don’t feel famous. I’m excited by being a Playmate. I feel glamorous, but also feel like one of the guys.

Tricia Lange

My rpms are way up.

Carol Ficatier

Now, with sex, I must say I prefer the French. Americans are more repressed,

Cher Butler

I’ll go with my lover and we’ll make love with just the animals for company.

Cherie Witter

I’ve always been told I was unique-looking, but unique doesn’t always make it for a model.

Cindy Brooks

I have definite feelings about women’s lib. I think the main idea is terrific. I think they’ve gotten carried away with it.

Cynthia Brimhall

You know, I really have expensive taste in lingerie. Some of it was even from Rome.

Devin DeVasquez

They called me back to compete, but I was busy doing the Playmate Playoffs show for The Playboy Channel.

Donna Smith

I dated a lot of Japanese men and ended up married to one for a time.

Hope Marie Carlton

When I’m in front of that camera, I become somebody else. It’s like a release.

Joan Bennett

In high school, I was voted the senior most likely to be a Playboy Centerfold.

Kathy Shower

We talked about how pictures of a beautiful woman can be art.

Pamela Saunders

I let men get to me and I’ve got a nervous stomach. I don’t think I want to get married.

Venice Kong

I like to have fun, but when I go into the bank, I’m Miss Conservative.

Ava Fabian

Exposing myself in front of millions of people was an experience I’d been thinking about. I felt sexy and I wanted to share it.

Christine Richters

I don’t want to have to go to bed with all those guys, and that’s what they expect. That’s just the way they are.

Donna Edmondson

Virginity isn’t something you discuss. I’m not ashamed of still having mine, mind you.

Julie Michelle McCullough

It’s important to me to be able to achieve something on my own, I don’t necessarily have to be rich.

Katherine Hushaw

For half my life, I’ve wanted to be one of those naked ladies.

Kim Morris

I want to be up there. And I went, took off my clothes, and they said, “you’re hired.”

Laurie Carr

I want someone who works hard and plays hard, whatever he does.

Lynne Austin

I started doing bikini contests on a wing, a bikini and a prayer. Hell, my mom even bought me my first bikini.

Rebecca Ferratti

I’m a high-energy person around the clock. I know that whatever I do, I will be very happy.

Rebekka Armstrong

Something hit me when I was 15 and I decided to become more feminine.

Sherry Arnett

It’s not that I love modeling so much, but it opens up possibilities for a future I can really enjoy.

Teri Weigel

It’s not so glamorous. It’s not so exciting. I’ve lived all over the world by myself.

Anna Clark

Without anyone I knew around, I seemed to lose my sense of identity.

Brandi Brandt

Being Miss October is a thrill. I feel so sexy. But, I hope it’s just the first thrill.

Carmen Berg

I’m a strong Catholic, that I believe in God and that I’m posing for Playboy.

Gwen Hajek

I’d never modeled before, so posing for Playboy has been like a crash course in modeling techniques for me.

India Allen

Once I walked through the doors at Playboy, I felt as if this is where I belonged.

Julie Peterson

For the first time in my life, I was away from horses and had no place to channel that energy.

Kymberly Paige

Acting and actors don’t turn me on.

Luann Lee

Things have worked out wonderfully. Working hard when it’s worktime and playing when it’s playtime.

Marina Baker

I’ve done things before that have been very camp, very feminine. I want my solo show to be hard-hitting.

Pam Stein

People who don’t understand the business think you are fooling around. It’s hard work.

Sandy Greenberg

Boredom never knocks on my door.

Sharry Konopski

What everybody wants to know is, can I have sex?

Diana Lee

If you have certain flaws, as we all do, you don’t always hide them. You put them to use.

Eloise Broady

Being in Playboy is the biggest rush. I’m completely excited.

Emily Arth

I’m on a classics binge. I wouldn’t call myself cerebral, really, but intellectual things do appeal to me.

Helle Michaelsen

You appreciate things more when you have to work for them.

Kari Kennell

I knew there had to be something else out there for me—something even more important.

Katariina Souri

Souri is currently in a relationship with a woman named Eliya Zweybergin.

Kimberley Conrad

I really think the key to being sexy is to think that way. I can be a flirt, but I’m very passionate by nature.

Laura Richmond

Writing is like sex—fantasies can make it better.

Pia Reyes

Some men want to sleep with me because I’m Oriental. They think I’ll be subservient.

Shannon Long

You work a few months, you take off for a few months for a little adventure. You have to enjoy the freshness.

Susie Owens

I’ve put a lot of work into this body. That’s why I don’t mind showing myself naked.

Terri Lynn Doss

I’ll be whatever—I really have no idea what I’m going to be, but I know one thing: I’m going to enjoy it.

Erika Eleniak

I am completely satisfied with who I am and where I am, inside and out.

Fawna MacLaren

I looked at the cover and thought, “that girl’s pretty”, and then I thought, “wait a minute, that girl’s me!”

Gianna Amore

I never thought of myself as a Playmate of the Month——Playmates are gorgeous.

Jennifer Lyn Jackson

My ambition is to follow the golden road of success to the top… and to be happy.

Karen Foster

It’s close to rhythmic gymnastics—it has the elements of dance and acrobatics.

Karin & Mirjam van Breeschooten

I dragged her to a mirror and made her look, oh, for sure, that’s the girl who will be in Playboy.

Laurie Wood

Making love is too important to use as a form of entertainment.

Monique Noel

I wasn’t quite prepared for this. You don’t pose nude every day. But once I decided to just be me, it was easy.

Petra Verkaik

It was a very long thirty seconds. I pushed it up and slid under it. Then it landed on my hair.

Reneé Tenison

Playmate of the Year is exciting, but there’s responsibility, too.

Simone Fleurice Eden

I always told her I was going to be a Playmate, like she was.

Tawnni Cable

Appearing nude in Playboy isn’t weird. Being uncomfortable nude is weird.

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