Mei-Ling Lam, a 27-year-old model from Clinton, Maine, is the latest beauty to earn the coveted title of Playmate of the Month. Appearing in the June issue of Playboy, Lam will be the first Playmate from “The Pine Tree State.”
Like most Playboy models, Lam has no qualms about modeling in the buff.
"When I did the shoot, I didn't even think anything of being nude," Lam said. "Between shoots, I was eating Dove chocolates. I'm very comfortable in my own skin."
A former Miss Maine USA (2001), Lam has modeled for the likes of New Balance and Hasbro and hopes that the Playboy appearance will boost her modeling career.
"I'm praying for more opportunities to come," she said. "That's one of the reasons I did it. But I'm not going to anticipate or expect it.”
Photographer Stewart Smith submitted Lam’s photos to Playboy, convinced she had what it took to join the likes of Pamela Anderson, Anna Nicole Smith, and Marilyn Monroe.
"She's in great shape and she's a beautiful girl," Smith said. "She has an exotic look, and Playboy is kind of stepping away from the blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl."
So what did Mei-Ling think of Hugh Hefner and the infamous Playboy Mansion? Lam says she was surprised on both counts.
"He was very sweet," Lam said of Hef. "He's not what people would perceive him to be.”
“The Playboy Mansion is not what I expected," she added. "I wasn't sure if I was going to see multiple topless women running around. Instead, it's very warm and welcoming. The staff is really sweet. It's surprisingly a lot like a home."
The June issue of Playboy, featuring Maine’s Mei-Ling Lam, will be available May 13. For now, check out this preview pic.
The Portland Press Herald
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