Can You Be Too Beautiful?

In the December issue of Psychology Today, in their Beauty issue, I found a little article by Heidi Grand Halvorson, Ph.D. titled "Can You Be Too Good-Looking For Your Own Good? Yes." Here is an excerpt of the article where Heidi tell an interesting story:
I remember one year, when I was still in graduate school, a particularly beautiful young woman applied to our program. She was extremely well-qualified, and had a strong background in neuroscience from a top university, but she looked like she had just stepped out of an issue of Marie Claire. Frankly, she was the kind of girl I was loathe to stand next to, for fear of not faring well by comparison. I'll admit that I wasn't totally thrilled at the prospect of having her around, competing for the attention of the few male graduate students who actually remembered to bathe, shave and wash their clothes regularly.

But pretty or not, she was top candidate, and I was certain she'd be accepted to the program. So I was stunned when a senior professor in our department told me, quite causally in the hallway, that she had decided not to offer this young woman a position. "I don't think we want her here, do you? I think she'd make the rest of us feel like we aren't pretty enough."

Her statement, coming from a respected and well-known psychologist nearly twice my age, seemed to me so ludicrous and appalling that I waited for her to start laughing or winking, but she never did. And the pretty girl never did get the offer. I doubt very much that when she later tried to figure out what went wrong, she ever considered the possibility that her good looks had been held against her.
Are we that insecure in ourselves as a society that we still judge people based on looks? Even good looks? And even more so, amazing looks? For us guys, this story can seem unusual, but I'm sure this form of cattiness is familiar to you ladies out there. But I guess the only thing that truly surprises me is that a woman in that position would also be that catty. I guess having that power, prestige, experience and intelligence, the professor at that graduate school knows that a woman with that beauty, along with intelligence, and when adding a bit of experience, she can gain that power and prestige that she currently has. She can climb that ladder much faster.

Now, over the years, we've heard stories about women who have posed for Playboy and then lost their jobs. After reading this article, it does make me think, did these women lose their jobs based on moral and ethical issues or was it because, like the professor, they can't handle a beautiful, intelligent woman around.

I think this story is more about power. If you are in that position where you can pick and choose who is around you, you can make yourself more powerful. So, can you be too beautiful? The answer seems to be yes. Being beautiful always gets a reaction, whether it be good or bad. But they always gets a reaction. So, who really has the power?

Caitlin Ann, Cyber Girl of the Week, February 28, 2011

Caitlin can surely be seen as THE perfect woman. She's extremely beautiful, extremely smart and extremely spontaneous. Check out the sexy Caitlin Ann as the last Cyber Girl of February 2011!

Photography by Jack Watson

Caitlin Ann
Hometown Melbourne, Florida
Date of Birth October 19, 1991
Height 5'2"
Weight 102 lbs.
Measurements 32C-23-32
While road-tripping with friends from Maryland to Tampa, Florida, Caitlin took a detour to the Sunshine State's east coast and loved it so much she decided to stay for good. "I left my car in Melbourne, flew home and drove a U-Haul back down two weeks later," she says. Settled in her new abode, Caitlin's making plans to earn a master's degree in physics with a minor in astronomy and hopes to work for NASA. "Science intrigues me and numbers are my thing," she says. "So physics just kind of clicked." Count on Caitlin to keep reaching for the stars.

Angie Marie, Coed of the Week, February 24, 2011

Angie Marie is certainly the ideal Coed. She sure does make the idea dream girl. As of today, she is certainly my dream girl! She made her Playboy debut at Indianapolis in the city's Casting Call and was featured in the last year's College Girls Special Edition.

Photography by James Banasiak

Angie Marie
School Bowling Green State University
Date of Birth August 30, 1987
Height 5'6"
Weight 112 lbs.
Measurements 34C-26-34
Playboy You are the ideal coed because...

Angie I am young, motivated and can balance sophistication with sexiness

Playboy What's your plan for post-college life?

Angie To own my own company, be successful in marketing and hopefully start a family.

Playboy What are you extra-curricular activities?

Angie I volunteer at an animal shelter. Giving back is a never-ending job.

Lara Leverence, Cyber Girl of the Week, February 21, 2011

Here comes more gorgeousness to the Cyber Girl in Ms. Lara Leverence. Lara is another beauty that I've met through the Playboy message boards and is sweet as can be. You can see more of her in the Playboy Girls Network websites like Playboy's Busty Babes.

Photography by Josh Ryan

Lara Leverence
Hometown Chicago, Illinois
Date of Birth October 28, 1987
Height 5'5"
Weight 120 lbs.
Measurements 34DD-25-35
Lara's to-do list grows longer every day. "I change my mind about everything," she says. "I wish I could just stick with one thing for once! I am a free spirit." Guitar lessons, puppy training and belly dancing class are on the list this week, but Lara's always dreaming about her next endeavor. "I would love to have a career that allows me to travel the world," she says. "Maybe I'll host a travel show or become a guidebook writer."

Allie Stacy, Coed of the Week, February 17, 2011

Fun loving Allie is the Playboy Coed of the Week. We'll definitely let her take the lead and see what happens. She made her Playboy debut at the Houston Casting Calls in 2009. Since then she's been in the College Girls and Lingerie Special Editions.

Photography by George Georgiou

Allie Stacy
School Kaplan University
Major Business Administration
Date of Birth August 9, 1987
Height 5'1"
Weight 105 lbs.
Measurements 34B-25-35
Playboy What makes you a good leader?

Allie I love being in charge, especially in bed. I can't help but take control at times.

Playboy How aggressive are college men?

Allie They are not shy. I will walk down a hall and, out of nowhere, a guy will straight up ask me for my number!

Veronica Lavery, Cyber Girl of the Week, February 14, 2011

Veronica is an absolute knockout, with both beauty and brains. Join her as this sexy Cyber Girl knocks us out with her charms.

Photography by Jose Luis

Veronica Lavery
Hometown Sacramento, California
Date of Birth January 8, 1991
Height 5'8"
Weight 115 lbs.
Measurements 32C-24-34
There's a good chance Veronica speaks your language. The California transplant is fluent in her native tongue, Czech, plus English, Slovak, Polish and German. To communicate with Veronica, start out with an interesting compliment and then try to make her laugh. "I like all types of men—dark, light, slim, muscular. Just no mustaches, please," she says. Keep the conversation going by following her lead. "What works for one girl may not work for the other," says Veronica. "Make sure you learn to read your partner's signals so you can continue to please her."

Joi Hollie, Coed of the Week, February 10, 2011

This U-Dub Huskie beauty loves to play the game. And Joi definitely answered the bell to be a Playboy Coed of the Week. Joi was also part of the Playboy Girls of the Pac-10 feature.

Photography by George Georgiou

Joi Hollie
School University of Washington
Date of Birth January 7, 1990
Height 5'9"
Weight 133 lbs.
Measurements 34B-26-35
Playboy So you want to be a sports reporter.

Joi I know the game. I grew up playing basketball, volleyball and fast-pitch softball, so I'm aware of rules and regulations. I love watching sports, even if I'm home alone.

Playboy What are UW games like?

Joi Basketball and football games get really intense. UW fans are a loud crowd, and either game would be worth going to.

Playboy If the games are that rowdy, what are the parties like?

Joi Packed and sweaty with a lot of bumpin' and grindin'! The Spring Foam party is my favorite because it's one dirty little secret. Anything can go down in the foam!

Candice Guerrero, Cyber Girl of the Week, February 7, 2011

Candice and her is the first Cyber Girl of February 2011 and certainly radiates our computer screens. She's been featured in Playboy with the Girl of Hawaiian Tropics as well as last spring's Special Edition Hot Housewives.

Photography by Chernoff-Uhr

Candice Guerrero
Hometown San Antonio, Texas
Date of Birth December 3, 1981
Height 5'4"
Weight 112 lbs.
Measurements 34C-25-35
As an aspiring dental hygienist, Candice knows how important her pretty smile can be when trying to capture a guy's attention, and her easygoing attitude helps when she needs to turn a frown upside down. "Life stresses me out, so I go with the flow and make it fun," Candice says. With February 14th coming up, Candice recalls the best—and worst—date she has ever had, when her go-with-the-flow attitude kicked in. "On Valentine's Day my boyfriend got a picnic together with wine and a blanket and flowers," she says. "While we were on the way to the park a huge wind storm and came in and totally ruined everything. We laugh about it to this day!"

Playboy in My Classroom

This semester I'm taking History of Comics online and wouldn't you know, Playboy popped up. As you know, comics in Playboy is a mainstay. In my class, we learned about Harvey Kurtzman. He had created a humor magazine called Tales Calculated To Drive You MAD, which is now known as the iconic MAD magazine.

Harvey was known for his extremely accurate drawings and his great attention to detail. At the time, he was working for EC Comics. Because of the meticulousness of his comics, he was able to finish only about two books a month for them. Unfortunately, he was being paid by the finished book and not by the hour. To make more money, it was suggested to him to create a humor magazine similar to what he had done a few years prior. And thus, the beginnings of MAD was born.

After a slow start, the magazine soon found its audience. When MAD was transformed into a new format, its popularity went through the roof. Soon after, Harvey asked for a raise and part ownership of the magazine. He was let go.

After he left MAD, he brought along MAD artists Will Elder and Jack Davis to create Trump magazine, which was published by none other than Hugh Hefner. However, it was short-lived and lasted only two issues in 1957. They had gone to create two more publications, Humbug and Help! magazines.

Help! had lasted just 5 years, but in that time, a comic strip caught Hugh Hefner's eye. The comic was of the adventures of Goodman Beaver, who spent a wild night at the Playboy Mansion with the characters of the Archie Comics. The publishers of Archie Comics sued and won. The comic was retooled and Goodman Beaver turned into Little Annie Fanny. The busty and leggy Annie debuted in Playboy in the October 1962 issue. The iconic comic strip lasted for about 25 years. It ended in 1988.

Playboy is certainly known worldwide for its beautiful women but comics had, and still has, a major mark in the magazine's pages. For the class, we read the book, The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic Book Scare and How It Changed America by David Hajdu. In the book, we saw millions of young people, like Hugh Hefner, were influenced by the characters and drawings of the extremely popular comic books. They would draw their favorite comic characters or even create their own comics, just as Mr. Hefner had done. And I'm sure from there, came the beginnings of Playboy magazine.

Taylor Stone, Coed of the Week, February 3, 2011

Sultry coed Taylor Stone debuts the month of February in spectacular fashion. She has definitely burst onto the scene with her debut in April of 2010 in the Atlanta Playboy Casting Call. She has also been featured in a couple Special Editions.

Photography by James Banasiak

Taylor Stone
School Mississippi State University
Date of Birth September 27, 1991
Height 5'6"
Weight 127 lbs.
Measurements 34D-27-37
Playboy How do you unwind after class?

Taylor Sun at the pool and beach, dance at the clubs, watch movies, shop and chill with my family and friends.

Playboy Any advice for other busy coeds looking for some beauty tips?

Taylor Lots of sleep, hot baths and delicious food.

Playboy What is your five-year plan?

Taylor To be a successful college graduate and pursue my dream of living in the Playboy Mansion one day!

Why I Pose...Jamie Bradford

I have featured Jamie quite a few times here on Playboy and Me. And for good reason too! Jamie is another model that I've known from the Playboy message boards. I remember seeing a picture of her with barely any make up on and thinking that she was one of THE most beautiful women that I've ever seen! She has indeed gone far with Playboy, being one of the finalists for the 55th Anniversary Playmate, named Cyber Girl of the Week and subsequently, the 2010 August Cyber Girl of the Month. And I know she'll go even further!

Here is Jamie's response for why she chose to pose for Playboy!

Photography by Lisa Boyle
Interesting article, Albs.

Here's the deal...I've had very mixed reactions from the people I love about it. My mom was I have always been pretty nerdy, done well in school, and had one boyfriend my whole life (who is now my husband)...but she supports me. My husband's family thinks I'm awful and immoral. This is what I have to say...

I'm not a 100 lb. perfect body. I really am a real girl and I try to look my best by being as healthy as I can. I chose to pose for Playboy initially on a whim...thought I should do something outside my comfort zone...and it wasn't until after I did it that I truly evaluated why...I believe that in comparison with ALL the other nude magazines, Playboy is the classiest and they portray nudity very tastefully. I'm never made to do anything I'm uncomfortanble with, and I think Playboy does make a strong effort to include many different types of models and really celebrates women and their beauty in many forms. I feel good about most of the photos and I think they help me appreciate myself.

I think as long as everyone does it for the right reasons, there's nothing wrong with it. I don't think everyone does it for the right reasons, and I do think for some it is the attention or low self esteem, but not everyone.

Hope that helps.

Take care,

SEC Casting Call

Starting next week, Playboy is visiting the campuses of the Southeast Conference to search for the Girls of the SEC. Here is a listing of where and when they'll be at your campus:

University of South Carolina Casting Call, March 27-28, 2011

University of Georgia Casting Call, April 1-2, 2011

Auburn Casting Call, April 3-4, 2011

University of Florida Casting Call, April 6-7, 2011

University of Arkansas Casting Call, April 7-8, 2011

University of Alabama Casting Call, April 8-9, 2011

LSU Casting Call, April 11-12, 2011

Vanderbilt Casting Call, April 12, 2011

Mississippi State Casting Call, April 13-14, 2011

University of Tennessee Casting Call, April 16-17, 2011

University of Kentucky Casting Call, April 17-18, 2011

University of Mississippi Casting Call, April 18-19, 2011

Make sure you visit here to reserve your space and for more information!

Madelon Jeanne Cullen, Cyber Girl of the Week, January 31, 2011

Here is the absolutely gorgeous and incredibly sweet Madelon to close out the wonderful month of January. Personally, I've known Madelon from the Playboy message boards and she has come from the casting calls to now your Cyber Girl of the Week!

Make sure you follow the lovely Madelon on Twitter @madelonyo!

Photography by Mizuno

Madelon Jeanne Cullen
Hometown Las Vegas, Nevada
Date of Birth March 28, 1985
Height 5'9"
Weight 125 lbs.
Measurements 34DD-23-34
A champion target shooter in high school, Madelon has turned her dexterous skills into a full-fledged business and a hobby that easily makes her the sexiest humanitarian around. "I'm very crafty! I have a small handmade clothing store online, and I knit baby hats for a charity for preemie babies," she says. But when she's not busy studying for her doctorate in psychology, crafting for volunteering, where's the one place Madelon would rather be? "At a Fark party—'s notoriously awesome mixers with folks who are as geeky as me."

2010 Cyber Girl Review

Coming this spring, the new Cyber Girl of the Year will be crowned and the list of candidates couldn't be more impressive. Here are the girls from the Playboy Cyber Club and why they should be the next Cyber Girl of the Year!

Photography by Gen Nishino

"I'm a very honest, laid back kind of girl that just likes to have fun. This would be an honor!"
Beth Williams January Cyber Girl of the Month

Photography by Stephen Wayda

"I am one of a kind, a girl who runs through your mind...all day. I'm original!"
Jennie Reid, February Cyber Girl of the Month

Photography by George Georgiou

"This is something I really want to achieve. I will shoot awesome photos that will blow you away!"
Misty Rhodes, March Cyber Girl of the Month

Photography by Waldy Martens

"I'm always smiling, talking and very approachable."
Brittany Leigh, April Cyber Girl of the Month

Photography by Gen Nishino

"I would put 110 percent into being Cyber Girl of the Year and be so proud to represent!"
Nikki Mitchell, May Cyber Girl of the Month

Photography by Gen Nishino

"Every pictorial get better and better. Why not keep it going? I would love the chance to play different roles in front of the camera."
Bethanie Badertscher, June Cyber Girl of the Month

Photography by Jarmo Pohjaniemi

"I will not disappoint. I'm always working towards being the best I can be."
Elizabeth Mendez, July Cyber Girl of the Month

Photography by Lisa Boyle

"It would be an amazing honor! I'm just a down to earth girl and I strive to enjoy every minute of life."
Jamie Bradford, August Cyber Girl of the Month

Photography by Jarmo Pohjaniemi

"I would represent Playboy as a giving, down to earth, real beauty—inside and out! I would be truly honored."
Brandi Bryant, September Cyber Girl of the Month

Photography by Jared Ryder

"It would mean so much to me, and I'd give the sexiest feature that would make the Cyber Club Members so happy in return!"
Jessie Lunderby, October Cyber Girl of the Month

Photography by Matt Wagemann

"There are so many aspects to my personality, I think I'd keep everyone happy all year long."
Reby Sky, November Cyber Girl of the Month

Photography by Josh Ryan

"I know I can give the Members what they want. I'm 100 percent natural beauty and brains."
Brittany Barbour, December Cyber Girl of the Month

Pose for Playboy

Do you want to pose for Playboy? They're always looking for the girl next door. I've asked many Playboy models why they wanted to pose for Playboy. And most of them said that it has always been their dream to become a Playmate. The Playmate is the ultimate girl next door.

So if you think you're that girl next door, you can either submit your photos online or attend a casting call. Throughout the year, Playboy holds casting calls all over the country. Make sure you visit for more information. They have a listing off all the cities that they are visiting, plus a girls-only event in Chicago!

Laura Lynn, Coed of the Week, January 25, 2011

Join sexy Laura as she kicks butt in the game room as Playboy's Coed of the Week. This beauty closes out the beautiful month of January and makes you want more.

Photography by Jared Ryder

Laura Lynn
School Oregon State University
Major Pre-Nursing
Date of Birth February 25, 1991
Height 5'2"
Weight 100 lbs.
Measurements 32C-25-34
Playboy Why did you choose nursing as a major?

Laura I've always wanted a career in medicine. Nursing is one of the only choices in the field that doesn't require being in school for most of my 20s and I want to be able to enjoy my 20s, not spend them in the library!

Playboy How do you have fun when there's so much work to do?

Laura Sunday through Wednesday I'm a book worm. Thursday through Saturday I'm a party girl. It's usually a pretty good balance, except for dead week and finals week. Partying is fun, but I'm in school to learn, so no going out if I'm swamped.

Playboy Is sexy nurse fantasy overhyped?

Laura Sorry guys—totally overhyped. Think about it: Nurses wear scrubs, not short white dresses with a silly little hat. That would be so inconvenient when you're trying to take care of sick people. Scrubs are practical but by no means flattering.

Adventures at Playboy Golf

This past weekend was a huge extravaganza for Playboy. It was Playboy's Live All-Star Weekend that was covered on UStream. The events ranged from a live chat with Playmates at the Playmate House to the action on the golf course with Playboy Golf. And of course, the after party at the Playboy Mansion!

I have been lucky enough to get to know a few Playboy models. And for the past couple months, Amy Madison, April Katherine and Madelon Cullon have been super excited to attend the Playboy festivities of the past week. And luckily for me and the rest of their fans, they let us join them for a little peek of their awesome weekend!

If you got to see the live action on UStream, you certainly saw these three beauties at some point through the night. (I even got a little shout out!) It is definitely an honor that Ms. Amy Madison let me share some photos of the weekend. Enjoy!

Amy, April and Madelon's pic for Twitter's world famous #FriskyFriday

April and Amy on the golf course

Amy alongside Playmates, Miss September 2009 Kimberly Phillips and Miss March 2009 Jennifer Pershing

Madelon, April and Amy on the Playboy Golf red carpet at the Mansion

Madelon and Amy

Miss June 2005 and 2006 Playmate of the Year Kara Monaco and Amy

Miss May 2010 Kassie Lyn Logsdon and Amy

April and Amy getting ready for the Playboy Golf party at the Mansion

Playboy Cyber Girl Bethanie Badertscher and Amy at the Mansion party

Playboy and Me Finally on Facebook!

Personally, I rarely use Facebook anymore but I realized what better way to reach more of the masses. So, finally, Playboy and Me is on Facebook!

Check it out and make sure you Like us! I know you do!

Samantha Pirie, Cyber Girl of the Week, January, 24, 2011

This absolutely super cute Canadian asks us to step up our game as the Cyber Girl for the fourth week of January. And if you do, you can join Samantha for a bubble bath.

And make sure you follow Samantha on Twitter @samlpirie!

Photography by Waldy Martens

Samantha Pirie
Hometown Halifax, Nova Scotia
Date of Birth October 23, 1990
Height 5'2"
Weight 105 lbs.
Measurements 32B-24-32
If you're looking to pick up cute Canadian Samantha, be ready to charm her with a great sense of humor. "I like a guy to be funny, but I'm not into cheesy pickup lines at all," she says. " Just starting a normal conversation is usually the best way to approach me." Samantha extends that advice to women, advising they be forthcoming in the bedroom as well. "Talk dirty," she says. "Tell him things he wants to hear. He'll love it, and you'll love his reaction."

Alana Cole, Coed of the Week, January 18, 2011

Alana and her tight lil' bod amazes us as our Co-ed of the Week for the third week of January. And make sure follow Alana on Twitter @MissAlanaCole!

Photography by George Georgiou

Alana Cole
School Macomb Community College
Major Pre-Veteriary
Date of Birth September 4, 1991
Height 5'8"
Weight 109 lbs.
Measurements 34B-25-35
Playboy As a veterinarian-in-training, would you say you have anything in common with animals?

Alana I'm a party animal. I can't stand studying and love to around people. I'm also very persistent and a good beggar!

Playboy What do you plan to do with your degree when the college party is over?

Alana Become a successful business owner with someone to go home to and have lots of pets.

Back on the Grind

What's going on world? I know I've promised much more with Playboy and Me, but I—I'm sure, like most of you—have had most of my time taken over by everyday life. I am certainly working on catching up with featuring all the new beautiful Cyber Girls, Co-eds and Playmates as well as other goings-on in the world of Playboy. I have to catch up on two months worth of beautiful ladies, so in the next week, there will be double postings. And at the same time, I will be featuring the current girls of the week. Plus, I'll be featuring posts that I have been meaning to post the past couple of months. As they say, better late than never.

And of course, more of everyone's favorite as the models tell their story of why they pose for Playboy.

Make sure you follow me on Twitter @Playboy_and_Me and stay tuned for more!

The Sexy March Madness

It's that time of the year again! Get your brackets ready for the best 64 in the country! No, not for that other tournament, but for Playboy's NC Double D: Favorite Playmate Bracket! Vote and see who comes out on top of the most beautiful and sexiest Playmates ever!

Here are my final four:
Michelle McLaughlin

Jessica Burciaga

Kara Monaco

Courtney Culkin
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