Tag: Candace Jordan

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 »
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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 »
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Chef Takeover: A foodie fundraiser for Chef Art Smith's Common Threads on March 16

Chef Takeover: A foodie fundraiser for Chef Art Smith's Common Threads on March 16
Monday, March 16 will be quite the night at the Zhou B Art Center (1029 W. 35th) in Bridgeport when Common Threads’ founders Chef Art Smith and Jesus Salgueiro bring Chef Takeover to Chicago! The big event will celebrate the 15th anniversary of this amazing nonprofit that provides nutrition education and programming in Chicago Public... 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 »

Celebs and beloved Chicago notables share best Christmas gifts to give and get

Celebs and beloved Chicago notables share best Christmas gifts to give and get
I absolutely adore the holidays! I would leave my decor up year round if I could and, as a matter of fact, I do have a cabinet filled with antique Christmas stuff that stays up all year. I’m always curious what other people think about the holidays so I asked a few of my favorite... Read more »
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The Happiness Club honors Hamilton's Miguel Cervantes at lively benefit

The Happiness Club's Artist of the Year honoree Miguel Cervantes sings with the kids. (Photo by Steve Green)
I’ve been a fan of The Happiness Club ever since I first became aware of them through its longtime supporters, Maureen and Marc Schulman. This organization does such good in our communities, providing a safe and happy place for kids. From Bronzeville to Englewood to Glenview and as far as Algonquin, The Happiness Club represents... Read more »