These Playboy Playmates Became Journalists

There’s an interesting wrinkle to this week’s New York magazine photo feature highlighting six Playmates from Playboy’s vintage era. Two of them are now journalists while a third works in public relations.

Chicago society columnist Candace Jordan writes that because the photos for the article were shot in New York way back in February, she had become convinced the piece would never run. But it’s finally out, spotlighting some unusual life trajectories and the work of a very qualified photographer. From Jordan’s column:

Nadav Kander was flown in from England for this feature. He’s a London-based photographer, artist and director, known for his portraiture and landscapes. His work is included in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum and others. He even shot President Obama for the cover of Time magazine as its “Person of the Year.” To say he’s talented is an understatement.

The mini-bios attached to each photo include interesting factoids. In Jordan’s case for example, the article reminds that she had a small role as a prostitute in Tom Cruise’s breakout film Risky Business. Jordan also notes that she just shot a commercial in Chicago with two photographers who were on staff with Playboy during her “Bunny of the Year” days.

The other featured Playmate who went on to work in journalism is Marilyn Cole Lownes. Check out the New York magazine spread here.

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