Remember when you were happily coasting along in high school, lazily dreaming of long, Summer days and a life of freedom and happiness? Then, all of a sudden, a frowning gentleman from the careers office would turn up one day and blow your optimism for the future into smithereens with impudent questions of how you intend to pay for this freedom and happiness malarky. You'd splutter out the same fantasies as your friends - Bomb Squad Technician, Writer, Corporate Director of Human Resources - and yet...nobody ever dreamed of being a Playboy Playmate, did they?
On the face of it, it seems the perfect job for those who fancy a life of luxury for minimal effort; simply get your bodies out for the centerfold, shake hands with Hef and you're living the life of luxury at the Playboy mansion. However, this rose-tinted vision discounts the fact that, as a model for one of the most internationally famous magazines in the world, you'd no longer have a private life. Your darkest secrets and biggest controversies would become public property. This is certainly the case with the ten former Playmates featured in this article.
From the complete inability to engage your brain when talking to the press to the more sinister world of alcohol addition and prostitution, we shall look at some of the aspects of these Playmates' lives that they'd rather you'd forgotten about. These girls have run out on Hef, and written exposes about the mansion. Read on for the darkest moments in the lives of these particular Bunnies.
10 Star Stowe
9 Crystal Hefner
Crystal Hefner was once just plain old Crystal Harris, the psychology major who modeled to pay her way through San Diego SU. Enter the robe-clad figure of Hugh Hefner. He bumped into Crystal at a Halloween party and instantly became smitten, featuring her as the magazine's Co-Ed of the Week. Shortly afterwards, she began dating The Hef, becoming engaged on Christmas Eve, 2010. However, Crystal rocked the world of Playboy by doing the unthinkable and dumping Hefner five days before their planned wedding, in June 2011.
8 Shannon Tweed
7 Azealia Banks
6 Kim Kardashian
There is a chance, a small chance but still a kernel of possibility, that the elevation of the Kardashian clan to cultural figureheads is one of the foreshadows of the apocalypse. As you weep for the end of civilization, take the antics of December 2007 Playmate Kim, as your starting point for the End Of Days. Weep as you remember that her career was launched by a leaked sex tape. Gnash your teeth as you consider that she once took a selfie of her blood facial and Tweeted it to her followers.
5 Jenny McCarthy
4 Anna Nicole Smith
3 Izabella St. James
2 Pamela Anderson
1 Holly Madison
Though it may come as a surprise to some, a group of highly ambitious people who are being paid to live together in close confinement while having little in common are prone to having the odd tiff. In the case of the Playboy mansion, such disagreements can go nuclear reasonably quickly and enter the public consciousness as a result. Holly Madison appeared in the November 2005 issue of Playboy, and had a subsequent relationship with Hefner before forging her own reality career. However, it seems that she was one of the most widely loathed Hefner girls amongst the rest of his squad.
Izabella St.James lived with Madison for two years in the mansion and makes no secret of her contempt for her contemporary in her book, Bunny Tales. She paints a picture of Madison as a "delusional" stalker, who attempted to trap Hef into marriage and fatherhood whilst becoming obsessed with him. St.James writes of how Madison would put noses out of joint with her behaviour while Madison penned her own memoirs, Down The Rabbit Hole, where she admits to feeling like an outcast. Whatever the exact truth, it would seem that, even in the cutthroat world of the Playboy mansion, Holly Madison was an especially reviled figure.
Sources: mirror.co.uk, dailymail.co.uk,
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