LOS ANGELES, May 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Eugena Washington, an accomplished model and actress from Palmdale, California, has been named Playboy’s 2016 Playmate of the Year and will be formally introduced to press today at the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills, California.
She is featured on the cover of Playboy‘s June 2016 issue and inside the magazine in a 10-page pictorial shot by fashion photographer Jason Lee Parry (issue on newsstands Friday, May 20, 2016), with additional photos and video available now atwww.playboy.com/pmoy2016.
“It’s a great time for this. The world is changing. I hope this brings different eyes to the magazine and new audiences,” Eugena tells Playboy about being named the 2016 Playmate of the Year. “This is a story and a chapter in my life to build around. I’m enjoying the ride, and right now I’m doing whatever I want to do, day by day. That’s how I live. That’s what my life is about. As long as I’m doing what I want to do, I’m happy. Right now, being a part of Playboy is what I want to do.”
Along with her title, Eugena receives $100,000 in prize money and a two-year lease on the All-New 2017 Fiat 124 Spider. The All-New 2017 Fiat 124 Spider revives the storied nameplate, bringing its classic Italian styling and performance to a new generation. Paying homage to the original 124 Spider nearly 50 years after its introduction, the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider delivers the ultimate Italian roadster experience with driving excitement, technology and safety combined with iconic Italian design.
Eugena first appeared in Playboy as the magazine’s December 2015 Playmate of the Month. She is Playboy’s 57th Playmate of the Year, and third black Playmate to be given the iconic title (Renee Tenison, 1990 Playmate of the Year, and Ida Ljungqvist, 2009 Playmate of the Year, preceded her). Playboy named its first Playmate of the Year, Ellen Stratton, in 1960.
Eugena’s modeling career began in 2006 when she appeared on Tyra Banks’ America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 7 and finished in the top three. She went on to grace the pages of a variety of fashion magazines; appear in commercials and campaigns for CoverGirl, Clinique, Lexus, Macy’s, Target, and Avon; have a recurring role on The Bold and the Beautiful; and appear in the recently released feature film The Perfect Match as well as the upcoming film Like.Share.Follow. She will launch her own organic hair-care line, DTMH (Don’t Touch My Hair) by Eugena, this summer.