Playmates have always been at the center, literally, of Hefner’s Playboy. Being a Playmate can make careers, create cultural icons, and produce movie stars.
But not every centerfold model becomes the next Pamela Anderson, Kelly Monaco, or Jenny McCarthy. Some of Hef’s beautiful women use their exposure as playmates to launch careers in business.
From Bunny to Businesswoman
Lauren Anderson became Playmate of the Month in July 2002 after winning the TV special "Who Wants to Be a Playboy Centerfold." Anderson was studying to be a veterinarian in Florida when she was thrust into the glamorous world of Playboy.
Her time spent in Los Angeles opened her eyes to the competitive beauty business and she realized there was an opportunity to bring that back to Florida.
Anderson used what she learned and earned at Playboy to open her first tanning salon in Gainesville in 2004. Today, she is co-owner of LAE Beauty, a full service tanning a medi-spa with an atmosphere that is pure Hollywood. Anderson says she “wouldn’t have had the idea” for LAE Beauty “if it weren’t for Playboy.” Anderson’s is about to expand and is hoping to franchise in the near future.