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Playboy Names First Latina Playmate of the Year

May 10, 2013

Staff Reports --

Raquel Pomplun (photo: Playboy Enterprises)
Raquel Pomplun (photo: Playboy Enterprises)

Raquel Pomplun, a Mexican-American from Chula Vista, Calif., has been named the 2013 Playmate of the Year by Hugh Hefner.

Pomplun, 25, is the iconic girlie mag's first Hispanic Playmate of the Year. Her eight-page pictorial, due out at newsstands and at May 17, was shot by fashion photographer Michael Bernard.

"I can't begin to describe how excited I am to receive this honor and be given the opportunity to represent Playboy as its first Mexican-American Playmate of the Year," said Pomplun. "Playboy has taught me a side of myself I didn't know before. It's been a year of wonderful surprises!"

Pomplun will receive $100,000 in prize money and a yearlong lease on a 2014 Jaguar F-Type convertible sports car.

She appeared on the cover of Playboy's April 2012 Sex & Music issue alongside Grammy-award winning musician Bruno Mars, and was featured inside as the magazine's April 2012 Playmate of the Month.

A former biochemistry major at Southwestern College, Pomplun hosts Blackbelt TV's Rockin' Rounds, and is also the cohost of Playboy Radio's Playmates Present.

She is Playboy's 54th Playmate of the Year.

SOURCE Playboy Enterprises Inc.

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