The University of Hugh Hefner: A Unique Approach To Education
The Playboy Mansion is turning former party girls into success stories.
A wealthy old man in his eighties has several girlfriends at one time, all blonde, curvaceous, and beautiful – and all about fifty years younger than he is. It initially sounds a little creepy, but actually living at the Playboy Mansion appears to be not such a bad place for a young girl in Hollywood. In her new book, Sliding Into Home, former girlfriend Kendra Wilkinson details a home life during her time living at the Playboy Mansion that surprisingly is extremely ordered, structured, and tame. This stable domestic arrangement might explain why the majority of the ladies that have loved Hugh Hefner and lived in the Playboy Mansion as his girlfriends have turned out pretty well, especially considering they were immersed in a Hollywood environment.
Kendra Wilkinson was a troubled San Diego girl with a drug and stripper past who showed up at the Playboy Mansion to get body painted and work at Hugh Hefner’s birthday party. Kendra met Hef and quickly moved in and became one of his girlfriends. In an interview with Us Magazine, Kendra described mansion life as “way more strict than my life has ever been,” with a 9pm curfew and ”no dating others” rules. Hef instilled confidence in the young Kendra, and as she describes in her book, “Hef made me feel beautiful.” In an episode of Girls Next Door, the E! reality show which documented Hugh Hefner’s life with girlfriends Kendra, Bridget Marquardt, and Holly Madison, Hef invites Kendra’s mom to stay at the Playboy Mansion while she recovers from surgery. It seems that despite its perception as a party palace, life at the Playboy Mansion actually straightened out the formerly troubled Kendra, who after starring on the Girls Next Door, went on to develop a clothing line, marry football player Hank Baskett, have a baby, write a book, and star in her own reality show, Kendra.
Other former Girls Next Door Holly and Bridget have not turned out so bad either. Holly now stars in her own E! reality show Holly’s World, just bought her own house, and stars in her own Vegas show “Peepshow,” while Bridget recently hosted the Travel Channel’s Bridget’s Sexiest Beaches and dates producer Nick Carpenter. No trips to rehab, no incarcerations a la Lindsay Lohan, and no Britney Spears type mental breakdowns. So far, so good.
In addition to early curfews and financial allowances, which the girls must manage themselves, Hef also apparently stresses the importance of education and work ethic. As Kendra explains in her autobiography, when she was first told Hef would be calling her, she was instructed to tell him she was in college, as “…he only likes girls in college.” Holly Madison also took on a photo-editing job at Playboy while she was living at the mansion and in one episode of Girls Next Door, Bridget tries to juggle a photo shoot and taking a final exam.