Local Stories

Playmate of the Year proud of her border roots

Playmate of the Year proud of her border roots

By Pablo J. Sáinz
La Prensa San Diego


One of the things that caused her the most cultural shock when Raquel Pomplun moved from Tijuana to Chula Vista, when she was in middle school, was having to change clothes in front of her female classmates for gym class.

“It’s not that I was ashamed to undress in front of a lot of girls or that I was ashamed of my body,” Pomplun said. “What happened is that I was not used to that in Tijuana. On physical education days usually you were already wearing the proper uniform for it.”

Pomplun is still at ease having to undress in front of strangers, but now she does it for a very different reason: This month Playboy magazine named her Playmate of the Year, the first Mexican-American to receive that title. She’s on the magazine cover for the month of June, which has already hit the stands.

“Now I truly show everything,” the 25-year-old beauty said, laughing.

Pomplun was born in San Diego, was raised in Tijuana, and lived in Chula Vista for many years. She’s a graduate of Bonita Vista High School.

Her love for border culture is so, that she requested this interview be held completely in Spanish –and it should be noted that her Spanish is perfect!

“I can’t begin to describe how excited I am to receive this honor and be given the opportunity to represent Playboy as its first Mexican American Playmate of the Year,” said Raquel from Los Angeles, where she recently moved to live with her husband. “Playboy has taught me a side of myself I didn’t know before. It’s been a year of wonderful surprises!”

The stunning woman entered the world of Playboy when…

Finish reading Playmate of the Year proud of her border roots

Click to add a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Local Stories

More in Local Stories


Drone Technology Takes Filmmakers to New Heights

Latina ListaNovember 24, 2015

California School District Declares State of Emergency over Student Homelessness

Latina ListaNovember 23, 2015

Reconsidering the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo

Latina ListaNovember 19, 2015

Making Breastfeeding The Norm Among Hartford, CT’s Inner City Latinas

Latina ListaNovember 18, 2015

Congresswomen Loretta Sánchez fights for the environment and binational rights

Latina ListaNovember 17, 2015

Tucson school garden grows sustainable students

Latina ListaNovember 16, 2015

Latino Tennessean José Vázquez: A bracero for life

Latina ListaNovember 12, 2015

High-speed rail between San Antonio, Texas and Monterrey, Mexico will happen

Latina ListaNovember 11, 2015

Internet radio DJ shares passion with Bluffton, South Carolina Latinos

Latina ListaNovember 10, 2015