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Jacksonville Home to Six Playboy Playmates!

Ok, a bit of a break from MetroJacksonville's normal focus on public affairs and policy, and a little bit of local color about our city. Believe it or not Jville has produced an unusually high number of Playboy Centerfolds. Only Los Angeles and New York have produced more natives who have gone on to be immortalized as a playboy Playmate. Stephen Dare has compiled a list of them! Click after the jump for a list of Jville's representatives!

Published March 4, 2013 in Weekend Edition      25 Comments    Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article





http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jennifer_Rovero
Jennifer Rovero


Rovero entered and won the 1998 Miss Fiesta Playera pageant in Jacksonville Beach,[3] which gave her the confidence to compete in Hawaiian Tropic swimsuit contests around the country. At the Hawaiian Tropic contest in Las Vegas, she was talking to photographer Arny Freytag. Rovero suggested that the beautiful countryside in Venezuela would be a nice place for a Hawaiian Tropic shoot. She was familiar with the country because her father, Raimundo, was a citizen and lived there. Freytag, besides being a respected swimsuit photographer, had taken over 100 centerfold photos for Playboy since 1975. Freytag suggested that he take pictures of her in Venezuela.

Playboy

The pictures were taken and forwarded to Playboy. The magazine requested a second test shoot, which was provided. On Independence Day in 1998, Rovero met publisher Hugh Hefner at The Playboy Mansion.[2]

Her centerfold spread was shot in October, 1998 in California and contained 20-pictures. Rovero had no objections to nudity. Her mother, Leslie, was quoted that she raised both her daughters to be open minded about such things. The only real problem came when the photographers asked her to pose with a cat. Rovero has a feline allergy, and within 30 minutes her face was red and puffy, causing the session to be canceled



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25 Comments

spuwho

March 01, 2013, 09:46:47 PM
MJ's top pseudo-journalistic energies spent on something of total civic importance. Not.

Looking to increase the hit rate guys? Pathetic.

Adam W

March 02, 2013, 04:22:00 AM
Aren't there a number of serial killers from Jacksonville, too?

BridgeTroll

March 02, 2013, 08:45:51 AM
MJ's top pseudo-journalistic energies spent on something of total civic importance. Not.

Looking to increase the hit rate guys? Pathetic.

Just another aspect of our city most people do not know... and increasing the hit rate is a good thing...

sheclown

March 02, 2013, 08:46:29 AM
Oh come on spuwho.

All things Jacksonville.

funwithteeth

March 02, 2013, 08:49:41 AM
I don't think she was from Jacksonville, but I vividly remember the first centerfold I ever saw was mentioned to be then living in Jacksonville. This would be in 1992. Memories....

buckethead

March 02, 2013, 08:52:08 AM
Haters gonna hate.

Celebration of the human form is not comparable to murder. Promoting discussion about an iconic publication which has long done such, albiet in a somewhat populist and sexist manner, is not 'low brow'.

Okay... maybe it's a bit low brow, but c'mon... MJ needs to grow. Or is it better to keep anyone interested in such a topic away from MJ?

Big tent, fellas. I don't mind if you hate nudie pics, or d-list celeb infotainment. But don't judge me. Sex is what brought me to this planet. Gossip is what keeps me here.

Besides, there is no greater barometer for the state of humanity than popular culture. (Even if you don't like what it reveals)

funwithteeth

March 02, 2013, 08:57:33 AM
I'd like to see an unraveling of the thought process behind that serial killer post. I just know there's a mindblowing correlation between murder and naked pics of women with fake breasts.

Adam W

March 02, 2013, 09:40:12 AM
I'm just saying people of note (and of dubious distinction) being from Jacksonville isn't really a reflection on Jacksonville in any way.

And although I wouldn't say taking off your clothes and posing in Playboy is the same as committing serial murder, I do think it is pathetic (at the very least).

stephendare

March 02, 2013, 12:53:37 PM
I'm just saying people of note (and of dubious distinction) being from Jacksonville isn't really a reflection on Jacksonville in any way.

And although I wouldn't say taking off your clothes and posing in Playboy is the same as committing serial murder, I do think it is pathetic (at the very least).

Well I totally disagree Adam.  I think that the culture of a city produces, nurtures and encourages different kinds of people and things.

And really, spuwho, Im quite surprised at you.  What is pathetic is thinking that women (or men) should be ashamed of either their bodies or showing them off.

I would think that you could simply be happy for the success of these women in achieving a pretty difficult goal to reach.  I don't notice you complaining when people similarly admire the success of male athletes based solely on their athletic (and therefore physical) attributes.

But hey, if it makes you feel superior to demean these women as 'less than' or 'pseudo' anything, then I think it says more about you than either these women or MetroJacksonville.

Its clear you have an issue with women and their bodies, since there was no such complaint when we covered the hijinks of Charles Ponzi.

But hey, that's different right?

Adam W

March 02, 2013, 01:23:09 PM
I'm just saying people of note (and of dubious distinction) being from Jacksonville isn't really a reflection on Jacksonville in any way.

And although I wouldn't say taking off your clothes and posing in Playboy is the same as committing serial murder, I do think it is pathetic (at the very least).

Well I totally disagree Adam.  I think that the culture of a city produces, nurtures and encourages different kinds of people and things.

And really, spuwho, Im quite surprised at you.  What is pathetic is thinking that women (or men) should be ashamed of either their bodies or showing them off.

I would think that you could simply be happy for the success of these women in achieving a pretty difficult goal to reach.  I don't notice you complaining when people similarly admire the success of male athletes based solely on their athletic (and therefore physical) attributes.

But hey, if it makes you feel superior to demean these women as 'less than' or 'pseudo' anything, then I think it says more about you than either these women or MetroJacksonville.

Its clear you have an issue with women and their bodies, since there was no such complaint when we covered the hijinks of Charles Ponzi.

But hey, that's different right?

There's a huge difference between taking your clothes off for a photo and excelling in athletic competition.

stephendare

March 02, 2013, 01:26:35 PM
I'm just saying people of note (and of dubious distinction) being from Jacksonville isn't really a reflection on Jacksonville in any way.

And although I wouldn't say taking off your clothes and posing in Playboy is the same as committing serial murder, I do think it is pathetic (at the very least).

Well I totally disagree Adam.  I think that the culture of a city produces, nurtures and encourages different kinds of people and things.

And really, spuwho, Im quite surprised at you.  What is pathetic is thinking that women (or men) should be ashamed of either their bodies or showing them off.

I would think that you could simply be happy for the success of these women in achieving a pretty difficult goal to reach.  I don't notice you complaining when people similarly admire the success of male athletes based solely on their athletic (and therefore physical) attributes.

But hey, if it makes you feel superior to demean these women as 'less than' or 'pseudo' anything, then I think it says more about you than either these women or MetroJacksonville.

Its clear you have an issue with women and their bodies, since there was no such complaint when we covered the hijinks of Charles Ponzi.

But hey, that's different right?

There's a huge difference between taking your clothes off for a photo and excelling in athletic competition.

oh?  What is that difference?

Wacca Pilatka

March 02, 2013, 01:34:06 PM
Great.  Now I'm going to hear that Jermaine Stewart song as "We don't have to excel at athletic competition...to have a good time..."

Adam W

March 02, 2013, 01:59:39 PM
I'm just saying people of note (and of dubious distinction) being from Jacksonville isn't really a reflection on Jacksonville in any way.

And although I wouldn't say taking off your clothes and posing in Playboy is the same as committing serial murder, I do think it is pathetic (at the very least).

Well I totally disagree Adam.  I think that the culture of a city produces, nurtures and encourages different kinds of people and things.

And really, spuwho, Im quite surprised at you.  What is pathetic is thinking that women (or men) should be ashamed of either their bodies or showing them off.

I would think that you could simply be happy for the success of these women in achieving a pretty difficult goal to reach.  I don't notice you complaining when people similarly admire the success of male athletes based solely on their athletic (and therefore physical) attributes.

But hey, if it makes you feel superior to demean these women as 'less than' or 'pseudo' anything, then I think it says more about you than either these women or MetroJacksonville.

Its clear you have an issue with women and their bodies, since there was no such complaint when we covered the hijinks of Charles Ponzi.

But hey, that's different right?

There's a huge difference between taking your clothes off for a photo and excelling in athletic competition.

oh?  What is that difference?

One requires work. I'm perfectly happy if you think Playboy Magazine is great and if you think it's a positive reflection on Jacksonville.

But I'm a little surprised that you don't see the difference between, say, an Olympian and a person who takes naked pictures.

stephendare

March 02, 2013, 02:02:29 PM
I'm just saying people of note (and of dubious distinction) being from Jacksonville isn't really a reflection on Jacksonville in any way.

And although I wouldn't say taking off your clothes and posing in Playboy is the same as committing serial murder, I do think it is pathetic (at the very least).

Well I totally disagree Adam.  I think that the culture of a city produces, nurtures and encourages different kinds of people and things.

And really, spuwho, Im quite surprised at you.  What is pathetic is thinking that women (or men) should be ashamed of either their bodies or showing them off.

I would think that you could simply be happy for the success of these women in achieving a pretty difficult goal to reach.  I don't notice you complaining when people similarly admire the success of male athletes based solely on their athletic (and therefore physical) attributes.

But hey, if it makes you feel superior to demean these women as 'less than' or 'pseudo' anything, then I think it says more about you than either these women or MetroJacksonville.

Its clear you have an issue with women and their bodies, since there was no such complaint when we covered the hijinks of Charles Ponzi.

But hey, that's different right?

There's a huge difference between taking your clothes off for a photo and excelling in athletic competition.

oh?  What is that difference?

One requires work. I'm perfectly happy if you think Playboy Magazine is great and if you think it's a positive reflection on Jacksonville.

But I'm a little surprised that you don't see the difference between, say, an Olympian and a person who takes naked pictures.

are you under the impression that someone just walks into the Playboy Mansion, disrobes and voila! they become a playmate?  Or do you think a certain amount of discipline, exercise, diet, toning and health has something to do with it?

Adam W

March 02, 2013, 02:06:05 PM
I'm just saying people of note (and of dubious distinction) being from Jacksonville isn't really a reflection on Jacksonville in any way.

And although I wouldn't say taking off your clothes and posing in Playboy is the same as committing serial murder, I do think it is pathetic (at the very least).

Well I totally disagree Adam.  I think that the culture of a city produces, nurtures and encourages different kinds of people and things.

And really, spuwho, Im quite surprised at you.  What is pathetic is thinking that women (or men) should be ashamed of either their bodies or showing them off.

I would think that you could simply be happy for the success of these women in achieving a pretty difficult goal to reach.  I don't notice you complaining when people similarly admire the success of male athletes based solely on their athletic (and therefore physical) attributes.

But hey, if it makes you feel superior to demean these women as 'less than' or 'pseudo' anything, then I think it says more about you than either these women or MetroJacksonville.

Its clear you have an issue with women and their bodies, since there was no such complaint when we covered the hijinks of Charles Ponzi.

But hey, that's different right?

There's a huge difference between taking your clothes off for a photo and excelling in athletic competition.

oh?  What is that difference?

One requires work. I'm perfectly happy if you think Playboy Magazine is great and if you think it's a positive reflection on Jacksonville.

But I'm a little surprised that you don't see the difference between, say, an Olympian and a person who takes naked pictures.

are you under the impression that someone just walks into the Playboy Mansion, disrobes and voila! they become a playmate?  Or do you think a certain amount of discipline, exercise, diet, toning and health has something to do with it?

No, I'm not. But athletic competition is a different thing. Especially at higher levels. There's no comparison.

stephendare

March 02, 2013, 02:07:08 PM
I'm just saying people of note (and of dubious distinction) being from Jacksonville isn't really a reflection on Jacksonville in any way.

And although I wouldn't say taking off your clothes and posing in Playboy is the same as committing serial murder, I do think it is pathetic (at the very least).

Well I totally disagree Adam.  I think that the culture of a city produces, nurtures and encourages different kinds of people and things.

And really, spuwho, Im quite surprised at you.  What is pathetic is thinking that women (or men) should be ashamed of either their bodies or showing them off.

I would think that you could simply be happy for the success of these women in achieving a pretty difficult goal to reach.  I don't notice you complaining when people similarly admire the success of male athletes based solely on their athletic (and therefore physical) attributes.

But hey, if it makes you feel superior to demean these women as 'less than' or 'pseudo' anything, then I think it says more about you than either these women or MetroJacksonville.

Its clear you have an issue with women and their bodies, since there was no such complaint when we covered the hijinks of Charles Ponzi.

But hey, that's different right?

There's a huge difference between taking your clothes off for a photo and excelling in athletic competition.

oh?  What is that difference?

One requires work. I'm perfectly happy if you think Playboy Magazine is great and if you think it's a positive reflection on Jacksonville.

But I'm a little surprised that you don't see the difference between, say, an Olympian and a person who takes naked pictures.

are you under the impression that someone just walks into the Playboy Mansion, disrobes and voila! they become a playmate?  Or do you think a certain amount of discipline, exercise, diet, toning and health has something to do with it?

No, I'm not. But athletic competition is a different thing. Especially at higher levels. There's no comparison.

oh.  you mean like bowling, golf, nascar and ping pong?

Adam W

March 02, 2013, 02:16:22 PM
Whatever, Stephen. That's not what I'm talking about. But even in some of those cases, I would still think it's different. At least those all require skill and training.

And as a feminist, I don't think we should really celebrate what these women or Playboy do. But obviously you don't agree. I think Jacksonville has a lot of great things to recommend it other than the fact that six women were born here and then later in life took their clothes off for Hugh Hefner.

But it's your website and you clearly can write stories about what you want to.

stephendare

March 02, 2013, 02:25:11 PM
Whatever, Stephen. That's not what I'm talking about. But even in some of those cases, I would still think it's different. At least those all require skill and training.

And as a feminist, I don't think we should really celebrate what these women or Playboy do. But obviously you don't agree. I think Jacksonville has a lot of great things to recommend it other than the fact that six women were born here and then later in life took their clothes off for Hugh Hefner.

But it's your website and you clearly can write stories about what you want to.

I think that for a feminist, you sound pretty condescending about women, Adam.

Adam W

March 02, 2013, 02:34:07 PM
Whatever, Stephen. That's not what I'm talking about. But even in some of those cases, I would still think it's different. At least those all require skill and training.

And as a feminist, I don't think we should really celebrate what these women or Playboy do. But obviously you don't agree. I think Jacksonville has a lot of great things to recommend it other than the fact that six women were born here and then later in life took their clothes off for Hugh Hefner.

But it's your website and you clearly can write stories about what you want to.

I think that for a feminist, you sound pretty condescending about women, Adam.

Glad to hear you feel that way. You know a thing or two about being condescending.

ProjectMaximus

March 02, 2013, 03:19:08 PM
Table tennis doesn't belong in this discussion, Stephen.  ;)

buckethead

March 02, 2013, 03:24:44 PM
I know one of these young ladies personally. (Back at the time she appeared. I knew her boyfriend well. She dumped him shortly thereafter. Something about the Heff's "unit", whatever that means. I digress.)

No... not in the biblical sense, although had I been invited to a sermon, I might have considered attending.

I can assure anyone worried about condescension, it wasn't flowing male to female. Perhaps the opposite. Is making it into playboy directly comparable to an athletic achievement like getting a football scholarship?

No.... er ... I mean.... YES. Natural physical attributes, coupled with competition to attain goals, and ultimately seeking compensation for developing those natural physical attributes to the highest level attainable for given individuals.

Fun fact: The demographic which consumes the entertainment products by each is largely the same.

So I though I'd try. I am going to post some pics of myself... nude... and any who think it worthy, should 'donate' to my paypal account. TIA

stephendare

April 20, 2013, 07:36:50 AM
Whatever, Stephen. That's not what I'm talking about. But even in some of those cases, I would still think it's different. At least those all require skill and training.

And as a feminist, I don't think we should really celebrate what these women or Playboy do. But obviously you don't agree. I think Jacksonville has a lot of great things to recommend it other than the fact that six women were born here and then later in life took their clothes off for Hugh Hefner.

But it's your website and you clearly can write stories about what you want to.

I think that for a feminist, you sound pretty condescending about women, Adam.

Glad to hear you feel that way. You know a thing or two about being condescending.

Yes, I suppose I do, Adam.  Ive been acquainted with some fairly condescending fellows over the years, and I have to say that I have rarely seen a case of misplaced condescension as grotesquely oblivious as some of the comments you post.  ;)

stephendare

January 30, 2014, 03:14:37 PM
Jacksonville Home to Six Playboy Playmates!



Ok, a bit of a break from MetroJacksonville's normal focus on public affairs and policy, and a little bit of local color about our city.  Believe it or not Jville has produced an unusually high number of Playboy Centerfolds.  Only Los Angeles and New York have produced more natives who have gone on to be immortalized as a playboy Playmate.  Stephen Dare has compiled a list of them! Click after the jump for a list of Jville's representatives!

Full Article
http://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2013-mar-jacksonville-home-to-six-playboy-playmates

stephendare

January 30, 2014, 03:19:48 PM
I'm just saying people of note (and of dubious distinction) being from Jacksonville isn't really a reflection on Jacksonville in any way.

And although I wouldn't say taking off your clothes and posing in Playboy is the same as committing serial murder, I do think it is pathetic (at the very least).

Well I totally disagree Adam.  I think that the culture of a city produces, nurtures and encourages different kinds of people and things.

And really, spuwho, Im quite surprised at you.  What is pathetic is thinking that women (or men) should be ashamed of either their bodies or showing them off.

I would think that you could simply be happy for the success of these women in achieving a pretty difficult goal to reach.  I don't notice you complaining when people similarly admire the success of male athletes based solely on their athletic (and therefore physical) attributes.

But hey, if it makes you feel superior to demean these women as 'less than' or 'pseudo' anything, then I think it says more about you than either these women or MetroJacksonville.

Its clear you have an issue with women and their bodies, since there was no such complaint when we covered the hijinks of Charles Ponzi.

But hey, that's different right?

There's a huge difference between taking your clothes off for a photo and excelling in athletic competition.

oh?  What is that difference?

One requires work. I'm perfectly happy if you think Playboy Magazine is great and if you think it's a positive reflection on Jacksonville.

But I'm a little surprised that you don't see the difference between, say, an Olympian and a person who takes naked pictures.

are you under the impression that someone just walks into the Playboy Mansion, disrobes and voila! they become a playmate?  Or do you think a certain amount of discipline, exercise, diet, toning and health has something to do with it?

No, I'm not. But athletic competition is a different thing. Especially at higher levels. There's no comparison.

oh.  you mean like bowling, golf, nascar and ping pong?

for those of you who follow, this was number three on my list.

BoldBoyOfTheSouth

January 30, 2014, 03:42:01 PM
Amen and hallelujah
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