Tips for Becoming a Playboy Model

Hugh Hefner Arrives At Stansted Airport For Launch Of Playboy Club London
••• Dan Kitwood/Staff/Getty Images

Have you always dreamed of modeling for Playboy? Well, if you’re 18 or more, comfortable with nude photographs and the attention they will bring, and possess a certain appeal, you might have what it takes.

There are some required steps for you to take to make it into the pages of Playboy, as well as some different methods of applying. You should also make sure you know entirely what it means to be a Playboy model and some of the benefits.

Minimum Age to Pose for Playboy

In most states, you must be 18 or over. The exceptions are Alabama, Delaware, and Nebraska (19 or over) and Mississippi and Puerto Rico (21 or over). When you submit an online application, you’ll be asked to upload a photo of your current ID— such as your driver’s license, a government-issued state ID, or passport to prove you’re of age. There’s no upper age limit when it comes to posing for Playboy. That said, the average age of a Playmate of the Year is around 24 years, and only two women have ever become Playmate of the Year in their 30s.

How to Become Part of the Playboy Universe

There are two ways for women to become Playboy models. You can attend a casting call or submit the required photos online.

Casting Calls

Playboy regularly holds open casting calls in major US cities. These events give Playboy scouts and photographers a chance to interact with the models and get a real sense of their personalities (photos can only do so much!). All you have to do is register online and show up for the call in the city of your choice. 

Once there, you’ll have 15–20 minutes to show off your potential. Remember to bring your ID and arrive looking your best (hair/makeup ready with a bikini/lingerie and heels), and be prepared to do an on-camera interview and pose for nude photographs. You should also be aware that Playboy TV is often on set to film behind the scenes of the casting!

Online Photo Submission

If you can’t attend a casting or are more comfortable submitting your photos online, then head over to the Playboy website and fill out their online application. You’ll need:

  • A variety of photos, including one head-and-shoulders shot plus four to six nude full-figure body shots (front and back views). You don’t need to go out and get professional photos taken, but Playboy does expect them to be in focus and of relatively good quality
  • Your physical measurements and details, including your height, weight, bust, waist, hips, hair color, and ethnic background
  • A copy of your photo ID

If you’re accepted for consideration, you can expect to hear back within four to six weeks.

Signing a Contract If You're Chosen

All Playboy models, whether they’re Playmates or otherwise, must sign contracts. The Playmate contracts are the most binding because of the high earnings and the required obligations, while models other than Playmates have more basic work-for-hire contracts.

What a Playmate Is

A Playmate is a Playboy centerfold model. The magazine features a different Playmate each month, and at the end of the year, one of the twelve Playmates of the Month is named Playmate of the Year.

How Much Playmates Earn

Playmates of the Month earn $25,000 for appearing in the magazine. Playmates of the Year are paid an additional $100,000 plus additional gifts (such as a car or a motorcycle). Most Playmates also have the opportunity to earn extra money through personal appearances and other modeling assignments as arranged by Playboy. 

If You're Not Chosen

Playboy castings are incredibly competitive, so try not to be too hard on yourself if you’re not selected to be a Playmate. You can always try again, or else explore the many other modeling divisions within the Playboy universe, such as Playboy Special Editions, Playboy Miss Social (non-nude), Cyber Girls, Playboy Golf, etc.

Applicants are automatically reviewed for their potential to qualify for other Playboy-branded modeling and promotional opportunities, so there’s still a chance you could be a Playboy model.