Behind the scenes at my New York Magazine Playboy photo shoot

We shot the feature in February!  I was sure it was trashed and would never see the light of day.  Six former Playboy Playmates were flown to New York to shoot with world famous photographer Nadav Kander for a New York Magazine shoot.  The article would revisit six Playmates:  Dolores Del Monte, Miss March 1954 ; Helena Antonaccio, Miss June 1969; Laura Lyons (Aldridge), Miss February 1976 and Marilyn Cole (Lownes), Miss January 1972; Janet Lupo, Miss November 1975 and me, Miss December 1979.  The title:  A View From a Centerfold.

The shoot took place at Jack Studios in the heart of Chelsea.  It was quite an elaborate production with hair, makeup, set design, lighting and camera people darting this way and that.  The wardrobe room alone would rival any department store.

It was great to see my friend Laura Lyons again.  We'd been Bunnies together at the Chicago Playboy Club.  She was Bunny of the Year in 1975 and I was BOY in '76.  We had a lot of laughs, then and now.  That's the great thing about being a Playmate, it's an exclusive sorority that connects us in ways I could've never imagined.  I'm still friends with the girls I worked with as well as former art directors, photographers, press people and more--any and all with an association with Playboy, I'm still happy to call my friends.  As a matter of fact, I just shot a campaign for Caffeinated Club yesterday with two former Playboy photographers, Kevin Kuster and Scott Anderson, who were on staff when I was a Playmate (what a small world!)

Nadav Kander, the photographer on this NY Mag shoot, 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.

Now that I've seen the layout, I'm a little sorry they chose to go with such old-fashioned backgrounds.  I also can't say I "love" some of the poses that were included, but those were individual choices and, if they're happy, then I'm happy, too.  (Check it out for yourself--on stands now).  :-) We might be "vintage" but we're certainly modern women in every way.

I'm glad the Playboy mystique is still alive and well.  And just like Hef....we all keep hop, hop, hopping along......

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