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Dec 3, 2013

Welcome to another installment of "Mr. Media: Beauty and the Beast Edition." This show has always been a safe place for the women of Playboy magazine to visit over the years and after hosting a steady stream of print Playmates, a Cyber Playmate and even a Playmate editor, today I’m pleased to welcome our first-ever Playmate of the Year, Raquel Pomplun.

RAQUEL POMPLUN podcast excerpt: "Mexican culture is so traditional. It doesn't see appearing in Playboy Magazine as a goal. It's more of a no-no... In Mexican culture, it's more, 'Would you let me do this?' than 'I'm going to do this, I don't care what you say.' We always need the approval of our family, friends and everybody. It's not Playboy's fault that I'm only the first Mexican-American Playmate; it's our culture. But the culture has evolved; my mentality wasn't, 'I'm going to ask my parents. My mentality was 'I'm going to SURPRISE my parents!'"

The 2013 PMOY Raquel Pomplun is, incredibly, the magazine’s first Mexican-American winner, which is pretty astonishing when you think about it. Playboy publisher and founder Hugh Hefner has been choosing PMOYs for 53 years—God bless him—and somehow he never saw the right woman until 2013. Well, lucky us at last! Raquel is not just a pretty face. She is also an actress who has a small part in the new film Snake vs. Mongoose about legendary funny car race drivers Don “Snake” Prudhomme and Tom “Mongoose” McEwen, with Ian Ziering and Fred Dryer. And she has just joined the Playboy Playmate Dancers for their 2014 tour.

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