Nina Daniele Is 2018 'Playboy' Playmate of the Year

The first since Hugh Hefner’s passing.

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Playboy has revealed its 2018 Playmate of the Year, its first since the passing of founder Hugh Hefner. This year, Bronx native Nina Daniele took the title, and 1958’s PMOY Joyce Nizzari sat down to discuss the award and Daniele’s life leading up to her time with Playboy.

Daniele spent nearly a decade modeling, but because “the popular look was … Eastern European, androgynous, tall and gaunt,” she faced stiff opposition in an already over-crowded industry. She explains that when Playboy gave her an opportunity to be more than a model, it was a revelation: “My first interview was about so much more than the photos; it was all about “Who’s Nina?” Later, speculating about the later stages of her career, Daniele notes that she “would still love to teach young people, but not from within a school environment.” For now, however, she’s happy to stay with Playboy: “I’ve been [with Playboy] for only a year, but I feel I actually became part of a family.”

Read the entire interview on Playboy‘s site.

Elsewhere in the world of modeling, the Clermont Twins recently showed off Cam Kirk Studios x OriginalFani® shirts.

Well Damn. I don’t even know what to say. I’ve never wanted something so much in my life and to see it manifest is a dream come true. I’ve been thinking about what I wanted to say and how I wanted to say it; hoping all the right words would come to me and I’d pop off with something profound but I can’t even think right now, I’m actually crying because I’m so overwhelmed LOL I guess that’s the most honest reaction I can have. I’m usually so good with words and for once I have none. Thank you to everyone at @playboy for making my dreams come true. Thank you for believing in me, for trusting me and for accepting me. Thank you for giving me this platform, this is gonna be one hell of a year AND YOURE STUCK WITH ME NOW MWAHAHAHAHA!!! ??? Thank you @cooperbhefner you are one in a million. I’m so honored to work at your side at something so incomprehensibly huge I can’t even wrap my head around it at times. You are an inspiration to this world! Thank you @deacsy for your vision and your creativity, thank you for seeing the Femlin and me and trusting me to recreate her in bringing your vision to life. Thank you @thisannaisbananas for being unapologetically you, for being brilliant and outspoken, for being a true light in my life. Thank you @tamaraprahamian for always keeping me calm and collected, for making me feel safe and under control when the world is spinning. Thank you to my rock @jhanellecastillo ❤️ for being my biggest supporter, for encouraging me beyond belief and loving me in ALL my moments. ?? @arigbyw @jeremi.lt @patrickpalacios @inretrospekt @evan.would @wishy0uwerenthere @___lo__ @jd_aguon @danielbuerge @lizstewartproductions @elizabethsuman THANK YOU TO THIS TEAM ? @jenniferstenglein you incredibly talent beautiful GODDESS YOU!! MAKEUP @yomatisse STYLING @awildatheart HAIR @amber_duarte THANK YOU TO EVERYONE who has followed my journey, who has encouraged me and supported me and VOTED for me. I love you all so much and I’m so excited to share with you something so special to me that was made possible because you believed in me too. I AM THE NEWEST PLAYBOY PLAYMATE OF THE YEAR 2018!! TURN UP!!! YASSSSSSS ? #PMOY2018 #thesavagebunny

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