LOS ANGELES, Thursday, May 15, 2014 — Playboy Founder Hugh M. Hefner today named Kennedy Summers, 27, the magazine’s 2014 Playmate of the Year during an exclusive cocktail luncheon on the garden grounds of the iconic Playboy Mansion.
Kennedy is featured on the cover of Playboy’s June 2014 issue and inside the magazine in a 12-page pictorial that gives a nod to each decade of Playboy’s 60-year existence, shot by renowned fashion photographer Michael Bernard (issue on newsstands and iPlayboy.com Friday, May 23, with additional behind-the-scenes photos and video available at Playboy’s newly-launched website, Playmates.com, beginning today). The statuesque blond first appeared in Playboy as the magazine’s December 2013 Playmate of the Month.
Kennedy, a Berlin-born, Virginia-raised international model, holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology; a master’s degree in health administration; and is currently working on her M.D. with plans to become a plastic surgeon. She also speaks French and German.
“As 2014’s Playmate of the Year, my mission is to help Playboy thrive, as it always has, to break boundaries and carry us into the future,” said the brainy beauty, who wore a floor-length white royalty lace spring gown by Zhang JingJing Couture during the luncheon ceremony. “I couldn’t be more excited!”
Along with her title, Kennedy receives $100,000 in prize money; an Oris Artelier Date Diamonds watch, featuring a multi-piece stainless steel case set with 72 diamonds; and a one-year lease on a MINI John Cooper Works Roadster. The sporty MINI Roadster is a compact two-seater with excellent boot capacity. Like every MINI, its go-kart handling, innovative features and stylish design make for a unique motoring experience with the top up or down.
In celebration of Kennedy’s Playmate of the Year honor, a limited edition t-shirt collection featuring images and outtakes from her pictorial will be available on PlayboyStore.com beginning today. A portion of sales will benefit Wounded Wear, a charity close to Kennedy’s heart, which provides free clothing and modifications to wounded warriors and raises national awareness of their sacrifice.
Kennedy is Playboy’s 55th Playmate of the Year. Playboy named its first Playmate of the Year, Ellen Stratton, in 1960.