Meet The First British Playmate Of The Year!
As part of my “2021 Sex Kitten Countdown”, I’m looking a groundbreaking women from Playboy’s past – and that includes Marilyn Cole, the first ever British Playmate Of The Year!
Here’s her story: first, Marilyn was born in England in 1949.
Cole worked at a Post Office punched card unit in Portsmouth Central Telephone Exchange, before landing a job as a Playboy Bunny at the London Playboy Club.
She worked as a bunny from 1971 to 1974, and after taking some test photos, she caught the eye of the magazine’s Editors.
Marilyn’s Playmate Of The Month!
Marilyn was chosen as Playboy’s January 1972 Playmate of the Month.
According to their website, she was also the magazine’s first full-frontal nude centerfold.
Cole Makes The English Proud!
The following year, Marilyn also became Playboy’s 1973 Playmate of the Year – and achieved immortality as the only British Model to hold that title!
After this honor, Cole kept busy in the world of Playboy.
Marilyn appeared as herself in the 1973 documentary “The World of Hugh M. Hefner”, but music fans will know her even more for this iconic image:
Marilyn Was “Stranded!”
That’s right, Marilyn was on the provocative cover of the Roxy Music album “Stranded.”
As Britain’s first-ever “Playmate Of The Year”, Marilyn managed to have some fun with her fame:
Yep, she had her own puzzle as well!
Imagine putting that together with your two hands!
Cole appeared in several documentaries about men’s magazines and the so-called “skin trade” – she seems to be very candid and open about her history in that business.
So it makes sense that she now works as a journalist.
And you know what? Among the subjects she writes about is professional boxing, which she began covering in 2000.
Congrats to Marilyn for her honor – I’ve been highlighting some of the groundbreaking Playmate in my series, like the first ever African-American Playmate Of The Year:
Renee Tenison not only holds that distinction, but her Twin Sister was a Model as well, leading to his photo spread:
See much more of Tenison’s work by clicking on my story here:
And how about the first Jewish Playmate?
Susan Bernard holds that honor, but she was so much more! Click here to see her role in the classic cult film “Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!”
And don’t forget that Liv Lindeland also was a groundbreaking Playmate:
Click on my story here to see why this photo was a “first”:
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