Playboy is an iconic magazine started by magazine mogul Hugh Hefner back in 1953. Heff created an absolute gold mine when he tapped into the male audience seeking pictures of beautiful women. Of course, we can't leave out those in-depth articles (ha-ha) which pretty much are white noise next to photo spreads of sprawled out naked women and their sexy poses. Playboy has been in our vernacular for over a half-century and is still as strong a brand today as it was yesterday. Despite competition from everyone and everywhere, Playboy is still the foremost magazine which make statements on sexuality with a splash of class.
Playboy does a lot of things right. They have been able to capitalize on trends and pseudo celebrities at the right time. They also have found the newest diamonds in the rough for us to go cover and enjoy their beauty. Playboy has helped launch the careers of many women who needed the exposure to find their own piece of fame. And what’s better than to start the year off being featured as the January cover girl on Playboy?
These are Playboy’s top 10 Miss January Spreads of all time.
11 Jayde Nicole – Miss 2007
Jayde Nicole busted out as the Playmate for the January 2007 issue and was named the 2008 Playmate of the Year. Nicole is also the first Canadian Playmate of the year in 26 years for Playboy. The stunning Nicole most notably carried on a relationship with Brody Jenner, getting Nicole seen on MTV’s mindless show The Hills. Nicole features a tattoo of the word “Respect” in blackmoor font above her pelvis bone. The tattoo is hidden for non-modeling jobs, but we all have no problem seeing the tat. Nicole is smoking hot and we hope to see much more of her.
10 Suzi Simpson – Miss 1992
Suzi Athena Simpson is an American model and actress who was born in Athens, Greece. Simpson knocked it out of the park in the January 1992 issue of Playboy. Prior to that, she won the title of Miss District of Columbia Teen USA back in 1984. She appeared in the notorious Michael Jackson Pepsi commercial and followed it up with film roles in St. Elmo’s Fire and Men at Work. Coming in with a 36/23/34, Simpson was quite impressive in showing her assets in the magazine and bowled over Playboy fans everywhere in 1992.
9 Jami Ferrell – Miss 1997
Jami Ferrell was born back in 1974 in Muncie, Indiana. The girl from the heartland became a model and actress and used her Playboy cover as a springboard to get more work. With a 36/22/35, Ferrell defines the term hourglass. Off of her Playboy cover, Ferrell also was able to impress Simpsons producer Sam Simon so much that the two dated and got married. Their marriage was short-lived and only lasted 3 weeks (looks like Ferrell got hers and got out). Afterwards, the busty Ferrell impressed the man himself, Hugh Hefner. After her tryst with Hef, she ended up dating legendary womanizer Jack Nicholson.
8 Irina Voronina – Miss 2001
Playmate Irina Voronina is a Russian beauty who landed on the January 2001 issue. Voronina appeared not only on the January 2001 cover, she also donned some impressive Playboy videos, showing off her deadly hot bod. Voronina modeled for another adult magazine, Perfect 10, as her naked figure was clearly in demand. Voronina made such an impact her first time around in Playboy that they brought her back for the 2005 Playmates at Play at the Playboy Mansion swimsuit calendar as the calendar girl in May. Voronina has made the most of her Playboy appearances, finding her way onto numerous cheesy films and shows. The beauty has modeled and been a spokesmodel for numerous companies.
6 Sandra Nilsson – Miss 2008
Sandra Nilsson was born in Ystad, Sweden. She emerged and became the Playmate of the Month for January 2008. Nilsson is a killer beauty and graduated from her 2008 spread to become the girlfriend of wealthy fashion designer, 74-year-old, Roberto Cavalli. Cavalli was clearly taken with Nilsson’s beauty and being 45 years her elder rings the “sugar daddy” alarm. But you can’t blame a girl for getting hooked up. In fact, Cavalli recently purchased an island for Nilsson (That’s right…an entire freakin’ island). The 81.5 acre island comes with a private four-bedroom villa and a luxurious Jacuzzi. There’s a swimming pool built into a mountain. And naturally, there is a huge grass lawn finely manicured in case you want to play football, tennis, golf or land a helicopter.
5 Jaime Faith Edmondson – Miss 2010
Jaime Faith Edmondson was the January 2010 Playmate of the Month. A 2002 graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Criminal Justice, Edmondson is a former police officer and Miami Dolphins cheerleader. Edmondson appeared on The Amazing Race 14 with her friend and fellow Dolphins cheerleader, Cara Rosenthal. The pair killed it, finishing in second place. The beautiful Edmondson started dating Evan Longoria in December 2012. She became pregnant and had a daughter. Longoria and Edmondson married on December 31, 2015.
4 Amberleigh West – Miss 2016
It’s tough not to be distracted by this amazing beauty. Amberleigh West is going to go down as one of the last ever Playboy models to pose naked in the storied magazine’s history. The beauty, who is displayed in natural settings (from the outtakes that were leaked), is insanely hot. West comes in at a 32D with a 23 waist. Born in Mount Vernon, Washington, West is the perfect kind of natural beauty everyone can relate to. Her brunette hair, brown eyes and beautiful face draw you right in. West had this to say about her Playboy shoot: “Growing up, I spent a lot of time outside. I’m a really outdoorsy person, and I love hiking, biking and going to the lake.” She is a tremendous choice for the final January naked beauty to dawn Hef’s magazine.
3 Heather Knox – Miss 2012
Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, this blonde bunny was Playboy’s Miss January in 2012. Heather Knox is a bonafide beauty from the heartland who sports a hefty 34DD bust that knocks them dead. Knox speaks freely about her turn-ons. She likes a manly man who is secure in himself and knows how to make her laugh. Her turnoffs? She hates the men portrayed in the show Jersey Shore (Sorry Pauly D and Mike). She hates meatheads and is drawn to intelligence and personality. Knox loves music and her family and grandparents mean the world to her. And in case you’re wondering, she keeps her body perfectly manicured and hair-free.
2 Anna Sophia Berglund – Miss 2011
Talk about a stunning beauty. Anna Sophia Berglund was the Miss January 2011 for Playboy and certainly started the year off well. Berglund is a model, adult model (all we can say is, yippee to that), actress and reality television personality. Berglund was originally discovered by GXS Motorsports where she was doing some promotion work, modeling and looking like her beautiful self. Then came Playboy for this San Pedro, California girl and she did not disappoint. Coming in at a 34D chest with a 25 waist, Berglund not only has a strikingly beautiful face but also a body for sin. She made a few appearances in various movies and television shows, but nothing to write home about yet. We hope to see more of this stunner in the future.
1 Dasha Astafieva – Miss 2009
This Ukrainian-born model brings her Russian beauty to form for the January 2009 issue of Playboy. Astafieva also was the celebrated 55th Anniversary Playmate, the search and selection which was featured on episodes of The Girls Next Door. Astafieva sports a tremendous hourglass physique (34D/23.5/36) that blew away much of the competition and opened doors for her. Astafieva is also a tremendous singer and part of the Ukrainian pop group, Nikita. Astafieva was also chosen as the spokeswoman for AnaastasiaDate (a dating site). Rumors were ablaze that Hef and Astafieva had a little something-something going around 2009-2010, and we honestly couldn’t blame the man. Astafieva is a stunning talent who we gladly honor as one of the greatest January models to ever dawn the pages of Playboy.