As many years at it has been in publication Playboy has been known to discover some of the most beautiful female models available. These women get their biggest chance to shine via the Centerfold of the publication, however, the lives of these women did not start in Playboy nor did their careers all end there. In tribute to some of the notable women who have made Playboy a success, here is a brief showcase of their lives.
Pamela Anderson – Possibly one of the most famous women to model for the Playboy centerfold, Pamela first posed for the magazine in 1989. However, it was February of 1990 that she became the Playmate centerfold. An iconic blonde model Pamela Anderson seems to have spent equal amounts of time in Playboy, in a red swimsuit for Baywatch, and in the bedrooms of rock singers such as Tommy Lee and Kid Rock. These days Pamela is as famous as ever posing and starring in various media projects and standing up for animal rights with PETA.
Deborah Driggs – She became the Playboy centerfold for the issue of March 1990. Deborah went on from her modeling career to co-author a self-help book of sorts: Hot Pink: The Girl’s Guide to Primping , Passion, and Pubic Fashion.
Stacy Leigh Arthur – The centerfold for January of 1991, Stacy was also Mrs. Ohio for the 1990 Mrs. America contest. Stacy’s modeling brought her many adoring fans, and in October of 1991 a more deranged one shot her husband to death before killing himself.
Vickie Lynn Marshall – The centerfold for May of 1992 is more widely known as Anna Nicole Smith. Anna Nicole gained a lot of fame for her modeling and then for her gaining of weight, then her marrying an old millionaire, and then for giving birth to a baby whose daddy was questionable while her older son died shortly thereafter, and then for dying herself. Anna Nicole Smith’s airhead ways gave her a semi-hit of a television reality show, however, after her death she took over every network with the scandal involving her collapse and who was the real father of her child.
Stephanie Adams – This centerfold for November of 1992 was also voted “Best NYC Lesbian Sex Symbol” in 2004. In 2006 the model and occult book author, sued a taxi driver, the NYPD, and the city of New York after an incident in which she claimed to have been assaulted. After an argument with a taxi driver the driver called the cops and told them Adams had a gun, which she did not, however the police treated her as an armed suspect when they pushed her around.
Jennifer McCarthy – The centerfold for October of 1993, McCarthy was named Playmate of the year in June of 1994. A blonde known for her comedy preferences Jenny McCarthy was the host of MTV’s dating show Singled Out and went on to have her own skit based program. Other than being a well known model for such products as Candies shoes, and television personality McCarthy is also a star of films having written and starred in her own movie Dirty Love. Jenny is also known for dating Jim Carey and her goofy sense of humor has brought some sexiness to comedy.
Kelly Gallagher – Kelly was the centerfold for September Playboy issue of 1994. Her pictorial can be briefly seen on a locker door in the movie Welcome to the Dollhouse. Kelly went from posing in Playboy to founding her own interior design studio, with a very sharp looking website, known as KWID or Kelly Wearstler Interior Design. She has also been a design judge on the Bravo television show Top Design.
Elisa Rebecca Bridges – She was a Houston raised model who posed for the Playboy centerfold in December of 1994. She appeared in many Playboy videos and Special Editions, however, in 2002 her career ended in death. Elisa was found deceased in bed at the mansion of one of Hugh Hefner’s friends Edward Nahem. The official coroner’s report listed her cause of death as “acute intoxication by the combined effects of heroin, methamphetamine, meperidine and alprazolam.
Danelle Marie Folta – She was the centerfold for April of 1995 and was also the founder of a team of Playmates that took part in extreme racing events; Team Playboy Extreme. Folta also worked as a stunt woman on many films, however her active lifestyle was altered for a period of time when she became one of the rare people to contract the flesh eating disease: Necrotizing Fasciitis. 20th Century Fox has optioned the rights to Folta’s life story with possible plans to make a film chronicling her building of the Playboy Extreme team.
Donna D’Errico – The centerfold for September 1995 Donna followed Pamela Anderson not only in choosing to date rock stars, but also to wear the red swimsuit of Baywatch. Donna is a familiar blonde model to many and for horror movie fans she was the star of Candyman: Day of the Dead.
Karen Victoria Silvstedt – A Swedish fashion model and actress she was the centerfold for December of 1996. Better known as just Victoria Silvstedt, she has appeared in many films and is known for her well-endowed chest, blonde locks, and apparently having a liking for the name Inga as her character for both the movies Out Cold and Boat Trip bore that title.
Kelly Marie Monaco – Kelly was the Playboy centerfold for April of 1997 and aside from her popularity as a model she also made a name for herself on the soap opera General Hospital and became a reality show icon as well. In 2005 Kelly won the dance competition show Dancing With the Stars.
Karen McDougal – The centerfold for December of 1997, Karen has had fame mainly from her modeling career, which Playboy helped explode into the mainstream. Whether she is appearing in television commercials or in acting parts, Karen is first and foremost considered one of the most popular Playboy Playmates ever; when it comes to fan voting.
María Luisa Gil – A Cuban model who was the centerfold for June of 1998, Maria ran into legal troubles that buried her modeling past. Her husband was sentenced to life imprisonment for drug trafficking and in August of 2001 Maria was convicted of drug charges and sentenced to 21 months.
Nicole, Erica, and Jaclyn Dahm – These identical triplets, though they posed in Playboy earlier, became the centerfold in December of 1998. They became the ultimate, if not slightly kinky, fantasy for many men playing with the word threesome. The sisters have been extremely popular with their fan base and have appeared in many films and television shows.
Jaime Bergman – An American model and actress Bergman was the Playboy centerfold for January of 1999. Jaime Bergman was the St. Pauli girl in 1999, a modeling gig for a beer company. However, her star of fame rose higher as part of the Howard Stern produced television show spoof Son of the Beach; in which she wore skimpy swimsuits and helped make fun of the popularity of such pop culture hits as Baywatch. In 2001 she married and started a family with popular television star David Boreanaz, from such shows as Angel and Bones.
The 1990’s saw a boost in blonde “bombshell” models featured as centerfolds, which may or may not have been a throw back to the original Playboy Centerfold: Marilyn Monroe. These ladies who posed in the Playboy pages as models are still young in terms of sex symbols and may still further their careers beyond just having been nude models; as many already have.