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Barbie, Pamela, Kendra and other Playmate baby names

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Written by Mary Fetzer   

For more than 60 years, women have been stripping down to (next to) nothing to assume the title of Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month. Marilyn Monroe was the first to take the honors, appearing in the December 1953 issue. While their career aspirations may not be what you desire for your little-girl-to-be, their names are quite lovely.

Since 1959, one gal was selected annually from the Playmates of the Month and named Playmate of the Year. Their memorable names are shared here:

The 1960s and '70s


Playboy experienced tremendous growth throughout the 1960s and peaked in the early 1970s. It then experienced a decline in circulation which resulted from a rise in competitive magazines (Penthouse, for example) and a budding pornographic video industry. 

  • 1960:  Ellen Stratton
  • 1961:  Linda Gamble
  • 1962:  Christa Speck
  • 1963:  June Cochran
  • 1964:  Donna Michelle
  • 1965:  Jo Collins
  • 1966:  Allison Parks
  • 1967:  Lisa Baker
  • 1968:  Angela Dorian
  • 1969:  Connie Kreski
  • 1970:  Claudia Jennings
  • 1971:  Sharon Clark
  • 1972:  Liv Lindeland
  • 1973:  Marilyn Cole
  • 1974:  Cyndi Wood
  • 1975:  Marilyn Lange
  • 1976:  Lillian Muller
  • 1977:  Patti McGuire
  • 1978:  Debra Jo Fondren
  • 1979:  Monique St. Pierre

The 1980s and 90s


Christie Hefner, daughter of founder Hugh Hefner, became the head of the Playboy company in 1988 and remained there until 2008.

  • 1980:  Dorothy Stratten
  • 1981:  Terri Welles
  • 1982:  Shannon Tweed
  • 1983:  Marianne Gravatte
  • 1984:  Barbara Edwards
  • 1985:  Karen Velez
  • 1986:  Kathy Shower
  • 1987:  Donna Edmondson
  • 1988:  India Allen
  • 1989:  Kimberley Conrad
  • 1990:  Renee Tenison
  • 1991:  Lisa Matthews
  • 1992:  Corinna Harney
  • 1993:  Anna Nicole Smith
  • 1994:  Jenny McCarthy
  • 1995:  Julie Lynn Cialini
  • 1996:  Stacy Sanches
  • 1997:  Victoria Silvstedt
  • 1998:  Karen McDougal
  • 1999:  Heather Kozar

The 2000s


Playboy went digital in 2005 and added a new CEO in 2009. A major new competitor, Maxim, hit the market in July 2009 and has been going strong ever since.

  • 2000:  Jodi Ann Paterson
  • 2001:  Brande Roderick
  • 2002:  Dalene Kurtis
  • 2003:  Christina Santiago
  • 2004:  Carmella DeCesare
  • 2005:  Tiffany Fallon
  • 2006:  Kate Monaco
  • 2007:  Sara Jean Underwood
  • 2008:  Jayde Nicole
  • 2009:  Ida Ljungqvist
  • 2010:  Hope Dworaczyk
  • 2011:  Claire Sinclair
  • 2012:  Jaclyn Swedberg
  • 2013:  Raquel Pomplun

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