Hey, you! Yes, you! Hef needs your help to make an important decision: Who should he crown as the 2011 Playmate of the Year? The winner will join a pantheon of beauties that includes Shannon Tweed (1982), Jenny McCarthy (1994) and Hope Dworaczyk (2010). The photos and videos on this site–the most scintillating campaign literature ever assembled–are designed to properly inform your vote. For more moving pictures of each candidate, be sure to watch Playboy TV’s Playmate Review 2010 special, which runs through December and January. Power to the people!
Jaime Faith Edmondson
Since becoming the decade’s first Playmate, Jaime, a redheaded pistol who’s resume boasts stints as an Amazing Race contestant, a Miami Dolphins cheerleader and a police officer, has continued to blaze. She starred on E!’s Bunny House, wowed in Trace Adkin’s video “This Ain’t no Love Song” and graced a Stoli ad campaign headlined by Hef. Still, she would like to cross one other accomplishment off her bucket list—becoming PMOY. To improve her chances, Jaime purposefully squeezed herself between Playmates of the Year Kara Monaco and Ida Ljungqvist during the Stoli shoot. “I was thinking, Rub some luck my way!”
Heather Rae Young
Our valentine, Heather, came down from the San Bernardino Mountains for the magazine’s 55th anniversary casting call and–zing!–arrows flew. Now, fittingly, she dons a red Bunny suit at Mansion parties. “I do represent the month of love,” she says. Heather recently signed with a commercial and theatrical agency to guide her modeling and acting careers. She’s quick to add, “Becoming a Playmate is such an honor that I feel as though I’ve already made it.” As for winning PMOY: “I would bring a lot of joy and happiness to Playboy followers because I always make sure to bring along a lot of…love.”
“I love being a sex symbol!” Kyra exclaims. But of course! After all, sex is among her favorite subjects. One memorable line from her Data Sheet: “I like–and not the least bit ashamed of–having sex in random places.”
“When my issue came out,” she says, “everyone back home told me, ‘That sex stuff was so you!’” A Salvador Dali fanatic, Kyra will soon major in art history at the University of South Florida. But she would put school on hold for a certain annual honor that she desires. “I’m considerate, polite and a lot of fun–I want PMOY so badly!” How can such unfettered adorability be denied?
Amy Leigh Andrews
A Georgia native, Amy doesn’t loll on some honeysuckle-enveloped veranda waiting for fate to rule. No way. Amy willed her Playmate dream into a reality by writing Holly Madison a personal appeal. “I have the feminist view that a woman’s body should be celebrated,” she says. With her mind set on a broadcast journalism career–”Nevertheless, people are forever asking, ‘Did you move to L.A. to become an actress?’”–Amy says she’s keeping her fingers crossed about becoming PMOY. In the meantime, “I’ve been loving life. Being a Miss April is everything I imagined and more.”
Kassie Lyn Logsdon
When Heather Rae Young (a.k.a. Miss February) called her high school friend Kassie and urged her to pose for Playboy, she initially declined. The reason? Our nature-worshipping Miss May was content to live and hike amid the splendor of the San Bernardino Mountains. Thankfully, however, she eventually had a change of heart. “It blows my mind–I still can’t believe I’m a Playmate!” But don’t worry, she hasn’t forgotten her small-town roots. “I’ve become a mad dork about sewing,” explains Kassie. “You have to find interesting ways to keep yourself busy when you live in the mountains!”
“The first time I was even on a surfboard was for my Playboy pictorial,” bubbles Katie, a Kate Hudson doppelganger whom we dubbed our Little Surfer Girl. “Oh well, whatever works!” These days she is attempting another new recreational pursuit on our behalf–comedy. On the Playboy Comedy Tour she fully unleashes her giddy, giggly inner Hudson. “The MC puts me on the spot by asking the crowd to imagine me running down the beach with my boobs bouncing. The audience loves it, and I sign magazines and take pictures with them afterward. It’s a two-for-one treat.”
Shanna Marie McLaughlin
How is this for a hyphenate? Model-entrepreneur. “Who knew that coming to California from Florida would give me all of this?” marvels Shanna, who by winning Playboy TV’s Playboy Shootout earned a chance to test for Playmate. “To move to L.A. and model nude was over-the-top, but I took the leap and never looked back.” Today she juggles her events company, Tiki Bash, with her Playboy obligations–including appearances at Playboy golf tournaments. If she wins PMOY, Shanna will pledge $25,000 of her earnings to establish a scholarship fund for women. Cue her next pursuit: philanthropy.
“I knew everything that has happened would happen,” says our prescient and wildly exuberant Miss August. The rough translation: She was sure, even as a budding Latin spitfire growing up in a Venezuelan beach town, one day she would move on to bigger playgrounds such as her beloved Miami. “It’s like a magnet. I always have to go back.” What she didn’t forecast was the reaction to the turn-on listed on her Data Sheet (“I love to watch a guy eat a big piece of chocolate cake”). “Wherever I go, even during radio interviews, guys say, ‘Do you know what I’m doing right now? I’m eating a huge piece of chocolate cake!”
Just like Legally Blonde‘s Elle Woods, Olivia is a sucker for all things pink (paging Hello Kitty) and girlie (cupcake-print sheets adorn her bed). But underestimate her as a stereotypical blonde at your peril. “Playmates aren’t ditzy blondes,” she declares. “We’re the smartest blondes you know.” Not to mention charity-minded. Olivia has spent the past few months helping needy neighbors in northeastern New York and hopes to start raising awareness for Autism Speaks, a national advocacy organization. “I’ve really transformed over the past year. Being a Playmate has made me appreciate the little things more than ever.”
Before Claire Sinclair there was Clarissa Irene, a Tarantino-loving, book-devouring Angeleno hipster who caught the eye of our go-to pinup artist Olivia De Berardinis. But then–holy mother of Bettie Page!–Olivia helped devise her kicky new name (“Crazy!”), Hef selected her as Miss October and moved her into the Bunny House (“Insane!”), and Marston Hefner became her boyfriend (“It’s nice and convenient; he lives right across the street!”). “It sounds cheesy, but it’s a dream,” she says, revved up and reeling. “There is no way anyone could have told me this was my future. But it’s a blast.”
“I am just beginning my Playmate experience,” Shera told us when we last spoke with the serene-on-the-inside, fiery-on-the-inside French Canadian beauty. “But already it has helped me get some of the things I’ve always wanted. For example, I recently met my favorite musical artist, the French electronic pop musician Vitalic. It was funny; he was more shy about meeting me than I was about meeting him.” Ah, the power of the Playmate over mortal men. But fear not: Shera wields her influence sweetly. “I don’t have a big ego, and I’m shy and quirky. Yet I think people like that about me.”
The perfect finale to a smashing year of Playmates? Miss December–our boogie-boarding, sun-venerating pearl of the Hawaiian Islands. A voracious reader in pursuit of a communications degree, Ashley is taking a semester off to live in L.A. and tend to her Playmate duties. However, she says, “you can take the girl from the island, but you can’t take the island out of the girl. My heart is always in Hawaii.” Wherever she is, she still aims to set sail with an educational agenda. “What’s sexier than an ambitious, voluptuous woman who can look hot and have a brain? That’s what I want to show the world.”