10. Candice Michelle
Candice Michelle was born September 30, 1978. She is better known as just Candice, an American model, actress, and professional wrestler best known for her time with World Wrestling Entertainment. After spending years modeling and acting, Candice Michelle was hired by WWE in 2004, after she participated in the WWE Diva Search. Outside of wrestling, she is known as the Go Daddy Girl, performing in the company’s annual Super Bowl commercials. In April 2006 she posed for a cover and nude pictorial of a Playboy Issue. Candice Michelle has made our list at # 10 of the hottest Playboy Playmates of all-time.
9. Kelly Monaco
Monaco made numerous cover appearances in other magazines such as FHM and Maxim. Along with her Maxim feature in 2005, the magazine also awarded her 13th place on their annual Hot 100 List in May 2006.In 2009, Monaco was named Maxim’s number one sexiest cover model of the decade.
8. Torrie Wilson
Torrie Wilson was born July 24, 1975. She is a retired professional wrestler and 1998 winner of the Miss Galaxy contest. In May 2003, Wilson posed for playboy. starting a controversy across the wrestling world. Wilson has been on the cover of several magazines, including FHM and Playboy, which she posed for twice.
7. Cindy Crawford
Cynthia Ann “Cindy” Crawford is an American model. Known for her trademark mole just above her lip, Crawford has adorned hundreds of magazine covers throughout her career. In July 1988, she posed nude for Playboy magazine in a shoot by photographer Herb Ritts.In October 1998, Crawford returned to the pages of Playboy for a second nude pictorial, again taken by Ritts
In doing so, she became the first supermodel to pose for the magazine. A decade later, she bared it all again — this time, in a more-revealing photo shoot. Cindy Crawford was ranked fifth on Playboy’s 100 Sexiest Stars of the 20th Century list, and is routinely mentioned near the top of lists counting down the sexiest celebrities of the 1990s.
6. Jenny McCarthy
Jennifer Ann “Jenny” McCarthy is an American model, comedian, actress, author and activist. She began her career in 1993 as a nude model for Playboy magazine and was later named their Playmate of the Year. McCarthy then parlayed her Playboy fame into a successful television and film acting career.
McCarthy first tried out for Playboy hoping to get money to go to nursing school, but quickly found modeling to be a more lucrative career choice. She became a Playmate of the Year and, due to her charismatic personality, coupled with her good looks, was selected as a Playboy TV hostess. Jenny McCarthy was featured in the magazine on several occasions, and her photos have also appeared in at least 15 Playboy special editions. She’s gone on to several projects since Playboy (namely poorly received TV shows), but few would argue that Playboy helped put her on the map.
5. Carmen Electra
In May 1996 she was featured in a nude pictorial in Playboy magazine, the first of several. This exposure led to higher profile television appearances, including Baywatch (cast member from 1997–1998, as Leilani “Lani” McKenzie) and MTV’s Singled Out. She returned to Baywatch for the 2003 reunion movie, Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding.
Electra was featured in Playboy four more times, with her second appearance in June 1997, third in December 2000, fourth in April 2003 and her fifth in the January 2009 anniversary issue. She was on the cover three times, in December 2000, April 2003 and on the 55th anniversary Issue in January 2009.
4. Ida Ljungqvist
Ida Ljungqvist is a Tanzanian-Swedish model. She was named Playboy’s Playmate of the Month for March 2008 and the 2009 Playmate of the Year. She is the first African-born and second Swedish model to be named a Playmate of the Year. She is also the first Playmate of the Year to publicly dedicate her title to philanthropic work through non-profit charities and organizations.
Ljungqvist was born in Tanzania to a Tanzanian mother and a Swedish father.She was discovered by 2007 Playmate of the Year Sara Jean Underwood at a bebe store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California.Ljungqvist co-hosted the Playboy New Year’s Eve Party 2009 in Miami, Florida alongside several other playmates
3. Anna Nicole Smith
In 1992 Smith was chosen by Hugh Hefner to appear on the cover of the March issue of Playboy, where she was listed as Vickie Smith, wearing a low-cut evening gown. The centerfold was photographed by Stephen Wayda. Smith said she planned to be “the next Marilyn Monroe”. Becoming one of Playboy’s most popular models, Smith was heavier and larger than the typical Playboy model. Smith was chosen to be the 1993 Playmate of the Year. By the time of her PMOY pictorial, she had settled on the name Anna Nicole Smith.
Smith secured a contract to replace supermodel Claudia Schiffer in the Guess jeans ad campaign in a series of sultry black and white photographs. Guess capitalized on Smith’s strong resemblance to Jayne Mansfield and put her in Jayne-inspired photo sessions. In 1993, before Christmas, she modeled for the Swedish clothing company Hennes & Mauritz (H&M). She appeared on big posters in Sweden and Norway.
A photograph of Smith was used by New York magazine on the cover of its August 22, 1994 issue titled White Trash Nation. In the photo, she appears squatting in a short skirt and cowboy boots as she eats chips. In October 1994, Smith’s lawyer initiated a $5,000,000 lawsuit against the magazine claiming unauthorized use of her photo and that the article had damaged her reputation. Her lawyer said that Smith was told she was being photographed to embody the “all-American-woman look”, and that they wanted glamor shots. He further stated that the picture used was taken for fun during a break
2. Marilyn Monroe
Had anyone less than Marilyn Monroe graced the first cover of Playboy back in 1953, it could be argued that the magazine wouldn’t be around today. However, Monroe’s stylish beauty launched the magazine and put it on track to what it has become more than five decades later. Playboy’s first cover featured a photo of Marilyn Monroe wearing a dress with a low, risqué neckline, taken at the 1952 Miss America parade. The nude photo inside the magazine was actually taken in 1949 at a calendar shoot. In 1955, Monroe appeared on the magazine’s cover again. Long after her death, Monroe’s impact on Playboy is clear — copies of the first edition of the magazine have sold for thousands of dollars, and the magazine has featured several pictorials of Monroe-look-alike
1. Pamela Anderson
Pamela Denise Anderson is a Canadian-American actress, model, producer, author, activist, and former showgirl, known for her roles on the television series Home Improvement, Baywatch, and V.I.P.She was chosen as a Playmate of the Month for Playboy magazine in February 1990.
First appearing in 1989, the Canadian’s Playboy career has spanned nearly two decades. She last appeared on the magazine’s cover in 2007, and has been featured in more than 20 special editions of the magazine — including one that was entirely devoted to her photos. Pam Anderson will be remembered for many things in her career (her home video with Tommy Lee, her cheesy V.I.P. television series and her Comedy Central roast, among others) but she’ll also be considered Playboy’s premiere centerfold for decades to come.