Eugena Washington was recently named Playboy’s 2016 Playmate of the Year. She is the 57th bunny to grace the cover and the third black woman to be named Playmate of the year. Her career began in 2006 when she appeared during season 7 of America’s Next Top Model and finished in the top three. The Palmdale, Calif. native first appeared in Playboy’s December 2015 issue as Playmate of the Month. Now, she’s got the illustrious adult magazine’s top honor.
“It’s a great time for this. The world is changing. I hope this brings different eyes to the magazine and new audiences,” Eugena told Playboy. “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.”