Tag: Candace Collins

Sorry A&E "Secrets of Playboy," that is NOT my Hugh Hefner

With my friend, Hugh M. Hefner at the L.A. Playboy Mansion, 1976 and 2014. I watched the first two episodes of the A&E docuseries, “Secrets of Playboy” and felt like I was living on an alternate planet. For 50 years, I have been a part of the Playboy family, first as a Bunny at the... Read more »

The International Playboy Bunny Reunion, 60th anniversary of The Playboy Club and me

I go back in the “hutch” for Playboy’s long anticipated International Playboy Bunny Reunion here in Chicago. This weekend-long event is also a celebration of the 60th anniversary of The Playboy Club. Read story below: This party has been a long time in coming and, many times, none of us were even sure it was... Read more »

Remembering Hugh Hefner on his birthday by a Bunny who loved him

By “Candid” Candace (Collins) Jordan, first published in Chicago Star Media. April 9, 1926, Hugh Marston Hefner was born. Today, he would’ve been 95 years old. I still miss him and always will. Playboy has played the biggest role in my life, bringing me from St. Louis to Chicago, honoring me with a centerfold and... Read more »

Happy Father's Day in heaven Richard John Collins

Happy Father's Day in heaven Richard John Collins
I hope everyone is enjoying a great Father’s Day celebrating the men who raised us, mentored us and supported us whether they were kin or friend. This day is always bittersweet for me as I’ve never really gotten over losing my dad, Richard John Collins. He died in October, 1985 at 81 years of age.... Read more »

Playboy's new Playmate of the Year policy is so refreshing (and so inclusive) (VIDEO)

Playboy's new Playmate of the Year policy is so refreshing (and so inclusive) (VIDEO)
When Playboy recently decided to change its Playmate of the Year policy, I was dead set against it. I’m basically a traditionalist and I loved all the pomp and circumstance surrounding the selection of the Playmate chosen for this high honor, the one woman selected to represent all others for that particular year. But, after... Read more »

An homage to the moms who raised me and the lessons I learned

With my mom, Elsa Mae Stott.
On this day, as always, I’m thinking of the two women in my life who made me who I am. My birth mom Elsa Mae Stott and the woman who helped her raise me, Mary Lee Johnson. Mary was in our home when I was born as she helped take care of my grandmother. My... Read more »

Playboy Magazine falls victim to Covid-19: The end of an era for this iconic brand as it looks toward a digital future

Playboy Magazine falls victim to Covid-19: The end of an era for this iconic brand as it looks toward a digital future
I woke up to such sad news today. My beloved Playboy magazine may well have published its last print issue due to complications from Covid-19. When I shot my cover pictorial in the last Equality issue on October 22, everyone at the mag seemed so upbeat and positive about the future of Playboy and then,... Read more »

'Once a Playmate, Always a Playmate,' 40 years after my centerfold, I posed for another Playboy feature

The Equality Issue, a first for Playboy!
It was always Hugh Hefner’s (Hef’s) mantra, ‘Once a Playmate, always a Playmate,’ and I felt the full force of this after I was asked to fly to L.A. for another shoot for Playboy magazine a full 40 years after appearing as its December 1979 centerfold. The request, obviously, caught me completely off guard since... Read more »

The Hugh Hefner Auction: A Playmate reviews a lifetime of Playboy memories

Hef holding the first issue of Playboy.
How do you sum up a man’s legacy in one auction? The answer is you don’t, especially if it’s Hugh Marston Hefner, a man who changed the world with his views on sexuality, freedom of speech and human rights. He was an artist, a writer, an activist, a rebel and a rule breaker. And yes,... Read more »

Inside Playboy's first New Year's Eve party post Hef

NYE host Cooper Hefner surrounded by Playboy Bunnies.
Hugh¬†Hefner’s parties were legendary and I’ve been lucky enough to have attended my fair share but, in my mind, all bets were off for this year’s annual New Year’s Eve party considering Hef’s recent passing. So, when I received a text from his son Cooper, the magazine’s chief creative officer, asking if my email address... Read more »