Saturday, May 5, 2007

The Year's Golden Girl

As speculated, Sara Jean Underwood is 2007's Playmate of the Year. Her photos are in, the buzz is in, the criticism and adulation is palpable. My own Playmate review had Sara as #2, right after Monica Leigh. Although Monica didn't win, I've had a great dose of her as Cyber Girl of the Year, which gives lots more pictorials and videos, anyway.

The past few years have produced quality PMOYs, but not-so-great pictorials to go with them. They're very processed, flat, and "magazine-like," airbrushed photos. So let's break down Sara's PMOY pictorial... exciting, huh?

Featured Pictorial: Sara Jean Underwood PMOY
The first thing to notice from Sara's new pictorial: more of the same. Sara's style hasn't been radically changed, like in Tiffany Fallon's creative and innovative selection of pics. Don't get me wrong, Sara is just as radiant and gorgeous as her natural beauty lets her be. Her PMOM pictorial was stunning and a huge fan favorite, but they could have done something interesting with her PMOY pictorial, other than simply keeping Sara in the same style as before.

That said, Sara might not be the most versatile model. Bottom line is that she just looks really good doing what she does best... stand in fields of wheat, stripping off some overalls, flashing a smile every once in a while. Her pictorials on the prairie offer a good look at what Sara is all about. She glows with her blonde, shiny hair in photos like Photo 12, where her eyes just grip and capture.

The real height of the pictorial is when Sara shows off the bronzed statue that is her body, when she dons a hat and climbs on the couch. Pic 17 is probably my fave of the bunch. It's sexy and shows off her amazing legs and great height. Photos 18 and 19 follow suit, with Sara stretched out and relaxing under the sun. The lighting and editing is nearly perfect in these pics. The editors could have done a little better job in some hard-lighting photos, like Pic 4, which makes Sara seem a little more pale than she actually is.

To sum things up, I'm happy with the pick as Sara Underwood being PMOY. She deserves it, and she's a unique girl that wowed me from the moment she was featured on the cover of the October 2006 issue. She's smooth and sexy all-around, but just a little one-dimensional for my tastes. Since 2006 was such a weak year for Playmates in general, I'll just keep looking forward to seeing what happens next year, as we see more and more amazing Playmates being chosen each month for 2007.

Consensus... B

Sara Jean Underwood
Playmate of the Year Pictorial

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