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When Clair Sinclair did her first stint at MGM Grand’s Crazy Horse Paris in October, he was a Playmate. When she goes back for a return engagement starting tomorrow night and running through April 27, it will be as the upcoming Playmate of the Year.
Last month, an episode of Holly’s World aired where Sinclair said she didn’t think she’d be the PMOY because, at 19 (she’ll turn 20 May 25), she wouldn’t be allowed to participate in many of the liquor brand-related activities that accompany the title. Not least of which is the big party Playboy throws for the event, held last year at Rain.
Turns out, though, Sinclair has known since January what she’d be doing in the spring.
“It was on New Year’s Eve,” she said. “Hef leaned over to me. He told me, ‘You’re going to start shooting soon.’ That was the first time I’d heard anything about it. I didn’t think it was even a possibility because I was under 21. Honestly. After that, it’s been surreal. I think I’ll realize it at the actual event.”
With her retro style and girl-next-door appeal, Sinclair marks a big departure from the bombastic, oozing-sex type of last year’s PMOY, Hope Dworaczyk. It’s that style that got her a gig as the spokesmodel for Bettie Page Clothing.
“I think that pin-up style has always been relevant to Playboy. That’s what Hef created a Playmate from. A quintessential Playmate has always been a pinup,” Sinclair said. “It’s classic and it’s timeless and it’s awesome that something from 50-60 years ago can still beerelevant. It’s not dated and cheesy.”
She came to it because there was a niche Sinclair saw she could fill.
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