Playboy, if you don't already know is the biggest men's magazine of all time. Founded by Hugh Hefner in 1953, the magazine depicts women in nude and semi-nude pictorials. The magazine clearly does not discriminate, featuring women of all (legal!) ages and ethnicities. While many of them seem to have big busts, small waists and large hips, I am sure there is something in there for everyone. The magazine is aimed at the 18–35 male demographic and regularly has comics, interview pieces on celebrities, information on cars, travelling and gadgets. Essentially, it's the ultimate men's magazine.
Playboy has played a massive role in the sexual revolution and has been remarkably reliable. Regardless of what has been going on in the world, or in the company itself, Playboy has always promised to issue a magazine every month. It was a safe haven and its proven continuity makes it easy to see why they have such a large following. Not only that, but the fact that women were either nude or semi-nude back in 1953 was a craze in itself and helped add to the company's popularity. Playboy was the first to have women to bare it all and you know what? It made these women feel good about themselves.
Playboy having issued a new magazine every month for the past 60 odd years, and as a result that means that there are 12 gorgeous women who get the honor of being on the cover. At the end of the year, the company decides on 1 lucky winner of the year that is considered the best looking, most desirable and popular among the other 11 women who appeared on the cover in that calendar year. These lucky winners are called the "Playmate of the Year" and they receive a full cash bonus, huge media attention and have essentially secured their spot in the world, whether in lingerie, active wear or women's fashion modelling. Some even go on to act in TV shows and films. Some even have their own company!
Below are 10 of the sexiest Playmates of the Year!
You guys are in for a treat to say the least, if you think number 10 is good looking, just keep going!
9 Carmella DeCesare - 2004 Playmate of the Year
Born in 1982, this brown haired Italian-Puerto Rican beauty was named the 2004 Playmate of the Year. Like many on this list, she is no stranger to the Playboy mansion. She auditioned for Playboy's "Who Wants to Be a Playboy Centerfold?" and became a finalist (she later dropped out). On top of that, she was also named "Cyber Girl of the Week October 2002", "Cyber Girl of the Month" February 2003 and finally selected as Playboy's "Miss April" in 2003. Aside from her modeling career with Playboy, she's taken up WWE and appeared as a contestant in the 2004 WWE Diva Search. Now that she's a wife and mother of 4, she has stopped all modelling and wrestling. She is now the Vice-President of her husband, NFL Quarterback Jeff Garcia's charity, the "Garcia Pass It On Foundation".
8 Anna Nicole Smith - 1993 Playmate of the Year
Anna Nicole Smith (born Vickie Lynn Hogan) is just one of the classic faces of Playboy history, so of course she had to be named. Arguably known as probably the most famous Playboy bunny ever, this multimillionaire was Playboy's 1993 Playmate of the Year. It all started after a test shoot in 1992, when Hugh Hefner loved her look so much that he decided to make her the cover of the March 1992 issue. Overnight she turned into a modelling sensation and was even compared to the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Playboy's first cover model. She has since modeled for magazine such as Italian Vogue, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire and Harper's Bazaar. That doesn't stop her from being one of the biggest gold diggers in Hollywood history though!
7 Kennedy Summers - 2014 Playmate of the Year
6 Sara Jean Underwood - 2007 Playmate of the Year
Sara Jean Underwood, born in Portland, is one of the more famous Playboy playmates. Underwood is rated #25 on Playboy's magazine on their "25 Hottest Playboy Celebrities" and she is 2007's Playmate of the Year. Underwood was discovered by fellow playmate Ida Ljungquist who noticed Underwood shopping on Rodeo Drive. Aside from Playboy, Underwood has acted in numerous films such as House Bunny and The Telling. Underwood and TV presenter and producer Ryan Seacrest have had an on-again-off-again relationship for two years, but it is now reported that she is dating the season 6 bachelor Roberto Martinez. Interesting fact - when she became the POTY in 2007 she received a Mini Cooper Convertible as a gift among other prizes. Whoa.
6. Jayde Nicole - 2008 Playmate of the Year
5 Raquel Pomplun - 2013 Playmate of the Year
Born in San Diego, California and raised in Tijuana, Mexico, Raquel Pomplun is the first Mexican-American to have been given the title of Playmate of the Year. Not only is she sexy as hell, but she is an actress and broadcaster, classically trained ballet dancer and she has a degree in biochemistry. As a model, she is signed with the modelling agency Wilhelmina LA Models and has modeled numerous spreads for print advertising for companies such as Mercedes-Benz. She has also done TV commercials, shows and films. Most notable is her appearance in the 2014 movie The Gambler starring actor Mark Wahlberg.
4 Dani Mathers - 2015 Playmate of the Year
As one of the younger ones on this list, is also the latest Playmate of the Year. Dani Mathers, born in Los Angeles, California in 1987 has seriously outdone herself so far for such a young model starting out. Despite her young age, she's definitely not new to Playboy as she was Playboy's "Cyber Girl of the Month", January 2013 and she was also Playmate of the Month, May 2014. Dani Mathers, known for her smile and big lips has also been on TV in shows and films such as the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful, Thrilling Contradictions and Neighbors.
3 Jenny McCarthy - 1994 Playmate of the Year
One of the most relevant Playmates is definitely Jenny McCarthy. She's the perfect example of someone who has taken everything they can get and turned it into an empire. Born in Chicago, she later moved to Los Angeles. She claims she had to move to avoid the massive amount of scrutiny from her Catholic high school. It was clearly the right decision, as has since starred in her own show The Jenny McCarthy Show (later Jenny), she's released an autobiography, she's regularly on The Ellen Degeneres Show and The View AND she's married to Donnie Walhberg. Oh, and to top it all off, her cousin is the hilarious Melissa McCarthy so I bet family reunions are awesome. In every sense, she's done really well for herself and Playboy is what started it all.
2 Ida Ljungqvist - 2009 Playmate of the Year
Ida Ljungqvist is a Tanzanian-Swedish model and the first African born playmate to be named Playmate of the Year. Not only that, but this 34-year-old is also the first Playmate of the year to publicly dedicate her title to philanthropic work! She works closely with non-profit organizations and regularly fundraises and donates to different charities (her father worked for UNICEF). She's reportedly dating fellow Playmate and ex-girlfriend of Hugh Hefner, Kristina Shannon. The two met in 2008 at the mansion and Shannon has admitted to the relationships. Mind you there also videos and photos of the two of them that leave very little to the imagination.
1 Hope Dworaczyk - 2010 Playmate of the Year
Number 1 on this list is none other than Hope Dworaczyk and she has never been a stranger to winning. Her success first started when she won miss Teen Texas, which gradually gained her more exposure until she appeared on the cover of Playboy alongside actor Seth Rogen in 2009. From that moment on she was an international sensation and was an easy pick for the 2010 Playmate of the Year. She has since done tons of runway gigs (she toured for Versace), she's hosted Inside Fashion (she is also the co-producer) and has appeared as a celebrity contestant on The Celebrity Apprentice where she finished 8th, having won 20,000 for her selected charity, Best Buddies.