I stayed up later than I wanted to just to get a look at Playboy's new covergirl Sarah McDaniel on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. She is, as you know, the first to pose in Playboy's new, "improved" edition sans nudity. Supposedly, she was chosen due to her Instagram following (299K) and her photographer suggesting her to the magazine.
The latest cover has an image of McDaniel taking a selfie with the text "heyyyyy" across the front. First of all, if this is the new, improved Playboy, count me out now. And, after seeing her interview with Colbert last night, be assured I am not a fan.
From the moment she stepped onto the stage, she was struggling to keep her inappropriate dress from exposing her lady bits. For someone who posed for a non-nude issue, she was certainly making up for it with her attire on this night.
Believe me, I'm no prude. I'm a proud Playboy centerfold (December 1979) with a very long history with
both Hef and the magazine. I, along with my fellow Playmate friends, traveled around the country doing promotions as ambassadors for the magazine. I was one of the lucky six who was also chosen as a brand ambassador for Anheuser Busch's Michelob Light brand which took us into Canada as well meeting fans.
I can tell you now, McDaniel would not pass the Playmate Promo Muster Test after seeing her interviewed by Colbert. Even he was distracted by her constant tugging at her dress to the point where he offered both duct tape and a napkin for her to use. It was very hard watching her with the memories of the Playmates I know swimming in my head.
They all would've aced this prime time opportunity and left the audience and viewers panting for more. We were chosen as Playmates, not only for our physical attributes, but also for our ability to connect with fans. We were ambassadors for the magazine and represented it both here and abroad. I know for a fact that most all did it to perfection too, which is why there are still so many fans yearning for the Playmates of yesteryear.
I'm so sorry to see this "new" direction for Playboy. I know everything and everyone must change with the times or die on the vine, but I feel very strongly that there could've/should've been another way. I know the magazine is trying to capture the millennial audience, but being inspired by the girls of Instagram just seems stupid.
(See McDaniel's interview with Colbert below, she comes on at 32:18)
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