Meet the New Playmate of the Year

May 9, 2011
Hugh Hefner officially named Claire Sinclair the 2011 Playmate of the Year this past weekend in Vegas.

Hefner’s choice for Playmate of the Year (PMOY) is a throwback to the 1950s. Hefner said Sinclair’s style reminded him of Bettie Page, the iconic pinup girl of the ‘50s who was Miss January 1955. Hef said, “What I love about Sinclair is that she has this wonderful, classic, pinup look about her, there's a whole lot of Bettie Page going on her.” It’s not surprising then that Sinclair is also a spokesperson for Vegas-based fashion label Bettie Page Clothing.

The 19-year-old glamour model was beyond excited at being named PMOY. She told Fox411, “This is beyond any dream I could have imagined. Just 23 months ago, I was a high school student in East Los Angeles.” The busty brunette hopes the title will further her career, saying, “I feel like when you're Playmate of the Month, you have a month to strike. This just extends it for a year and it's just a blessing in itself.”

Sinclair has already appeared in The Girls Next Door and i. She has performed in Vegas as the star of MGM Grand’s Crazy Horse French cabaret show. Next ups she’s set to appear in the new playmate reality show The Bunny House.

Aside from the esteemed title, Sinclair took home a $100,000 prize and a new Harley Davidson motorbike.

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