Juliette Fretté is an exceptionally talented and accomplished writer, artist, activist, and veteran Playboy Playmate, a former Miss June 2008, she has a unique approach to beauty, fitness, and health as well as an interesting story to share. Below you will find her conversation with Namita Nayyar, President Women Fitness.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You were born in Santa Clara, California and as an ace student, you excelled in English. You graduated with highest departmental honors and college honors in Women’s Studies from UCLA in 2006. In June 2008, you reached the pinnacle of success when you became Playboy’s Playmate of the Month. This propelled your modelling career to the height where you have been at the top of the world of glamour modelling and was also featured in Playboy Magazine multiple times. Tell us something about this fairy tale journey?
Ms. Juliette Fretté: Thank you for such a flattering introduction! In a nutshell, when I was in my third year in college (2005) I conjured up the crazy idea that I might model for Playboy in order to write about it for my honors thesis and thereby analyze the experience from a feminist perspective the pros and cons as it were.
As if on cue, a month or so later Playboy synchronously came to UCLA looking for candidates for their “Girls of the PAC 10” issue. I had been conditioning my body in the gym etc. right around that time and therefore went to the audition knowing that there are indeed no coincidences in this universe. Thus began my adventure into Playboy special editions and eventually my stint as a centerfold in the fascinating world of erotic pinup.
I discovered a lot of empowerment during these introductory years but also a lot of dis-empowerment as well, which was a poignant learning experience for me. It was also an intellectual and spiritual exercise in veering away from extreme positive or negative judgments about what this kind of involvement actually means for women’s progress.
But above and beyond the Playmate experience, I am grateful for the other experiences that were enabled by association, including but not limited to all of the cool people that I’ve met, and also the honor of working with the world renowned Olivia de Berardinas, who is the best living pinup artist in the world. I was able to pose for her as well and now have the pleasure of seeing my likeness expressed in her paintings.
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