The siren lighting up a centerfold that hit newsstands Friday follows in the footsteps of more than 700 other women since the mid-1950s who have posed as “Playmate of the Month.”
Look for Alyssa Arce, a North Myrtle Beach native, as Miss July 2013 in Playboy magazine, in a 10-photo layout amid an auto racing backdrop.
Theresa Hennessey, vice president of public relations for Chicago-based Playboy, said Arce marks the 718th Playmate to fill its pages, which also have showcased many celebrities on covers with separate, exclusive pictorials -- and they include Vanna White, also born and raised in North Myrtle Beach.
Margie Harrison was the first person referred as “Playmate of the Month,” from the magazine’s second issue, in January 1954, Hennessey said. In Playboy’s debut issue, Marilyn Monroe was the ‘Sweetheart of the Month.”
Arce, who graduated in 2010 from North Myrtle Beach High School and moved to Florida to accelerate a modeling career, spoke Thursday from New York, on the eve of release for the magazine’s July edition.
The 5-foot-8, 21-year-old also repeated how much she misses the Grand Strand, where she spent her entire childhood, full of happy memories, and that she looks forward to Independence Day in her hometown.
It was such a pleasure to shoot for Playboy. They make you feel very comfortable, especially with me being all natural.
You meet with the photographers, and they show you an idea they have, and they took off with it.