LOS ANGELES, Wednesday, May 11, 2016 – 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 at www.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.
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About FIAT Brand
The FIAT brand stands for discovery through passionate self-expression. That philosophy is embodied by the iconic Fiat 500 or Cinquecento – a small car that lives big. Italian at heart and rooted in a rich heritage, the 500 is sold in more than 100 countries and is synonymous with modern, simple design blending form, function, technology and a pride of ownership that is genuine.
In North America, the Fiat 500 was introduced in March 2011 and was soon followed by the Fiat 500c (Cabrio), the high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth Cabrio, the fully electric Fiat 500e, the five-passenger Fiat 500L and the all-wheel-drive 500X crossover. The FIAT brand continues to expand with the introduction of the Fiat 124 Spider, a revival of the iconic roadster that combines Italian style, performance and engaging driving dynamics. The all-new Fiat 124 Spider will arrive at FIAT studios in summer 2016.