Raquel Pomplun has been named the 54th Playboy Playmate of the Year, making her the first Mexican-American to hold the title.
Eighty-seven-year-old Hugh Hefner raved about 25-year-old Pomplun at a luncheon held on Thursday at the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills, Calif., as he announced to attendees that she would take the coveted title.
“This year’s Playmate of the Year is a winner in every way,”he 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!”
Pomplun told reporters that she’s happy to represent Hefner’s brand.Â ”It’s overwhelming!” she said. “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.”
Pick up June’s issue to see Pomplun on the cover.