Raquel is the first Mexican-American elected for the honor since the title’s inception 53 years ago — Well done!
Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy, is proud to announce that Raquel Pomplun, 25, the April 2012 cover girl, has landed the coveted “Playmate of the Year” title.
A luncheon was held in Raquel’s honor on May 9, at the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills, Calif., where Hugh announced the news and revealed Raquel’s June 2013 “Playmate Of The Year” cover to Us Weekly.
“This year’s Playmate of the Year is a winner in every way,” Hugh, 87, said. “Since becoming Miss April, Raquel has become extremely popular through personal appearances…She’s been a host on Playboy Radio’s Playboy Club and Playboy Presents. She’s a member of the Playboy Dancers. She’s also appeared as a host on Black Belt TV — so don’t mess around with her!”
“This honor is a reflection of not only Raquel’s beauty but her personality as well,” Hefner told Us Weekly. “She’s gorgeous! But then all the Playmates are gorgeous. I think what sets her apart is that little extra something. She’s so good with people, and that’s part of what being a Playmate of the Year is all about.”
“It’s overwhelming!” Raquel added. “But I can take it. It’s a very big honor to be representing such an iconic brand. I’m the 54th Playmate of the Year! And it’s so cool. I’m so happy.”