Stephanie Branton will fulfil a lifelong dream when she is featured on the cover of Playboy Magazine in September.
“This is definitely something that I’ve wanted my whole life,” said Branton, a Playboy playmate. “It really means everything to me.”
Branton, from Conception Bay South, says although she has had some smaller gigs in the past, this is her first big modelling job.
“Usually playmates don’t get the cover. It’s rare, so I’m super excited and pleased.”
When doing the shoot, Branton thought she was only going to be the centrefold—she had no idea she would be on the cover as well.
“The photographer texted me and said he’s working on something epic for me. I didn’t know until a few weeks later. I was completely shocked, and cried of course, very happy,” she said.
“The shoot went so well and the pictures came out so stunningly. I was waiting for this day my whole life.”
The pictorial has a southern belle theme. It was shot on location in New Orleans. Although it includes some nudes, Branton feels comfortable with her work.
“In the beginning I was a little nervous, but I’m not really shy and I’m kind of an exhibitionist. And the team is so professional. They make you feel beautiful and comfortable,” she said.
“You are posing nude, but Playboy’s so classy and tasteful. I’m proud of it and my family is and that’s what’s most important.”
Branton moved to Los Angeles two years ago, where she was discovered by Playboy casting directors at a golf tournament.
Although she does not live in the Playboy Mansion, she goes up on weekends and for parties. She says she especially loves the on-property zoo. After meeting Hugh Hefner, Branton said he is an amazing man.
“He’s such a gentleman. He’s so smart and giving, and he has so many friends around that he wants to share his success with, which I think is rare.”
Although she now lives in Hollywood, Newfoundland remains an important part of Branton’s identity.
“I’m such a cheerleader for Newfoundland. Every time I go out I tell everyone where I’m from and try to get everybody to learn where it is,” she said.
“I wouldn’t have been able to do this without everybody back home, especially my family. I’m definitely a proud Newfie, that’s for sure!”
The Telegram caught up with Branton while she was on break at another photo shoot. She says that since the cover, the opportunities have started pouring in.
“It’s going to be a fun next couple months for sure,” she said. “This is just the start.”
Two other Newfoundland women have been featured on Playboy’s cover: Danielle House and Shannon Tweed.