The staple of Playboy has been, throughout its years, the girls that make up its elite group of Playmates. Playmates are immortalized in their pictorials and photos, and are frozen in time for their natural beauty and otherworldly allure. There's nothing like a Playmate... they're simply the most beautiful. So what does it take to put these girls in some sort of rank, and finding the 25 greatest ever?
It's no easy task.
So we've made it halfway through our ranking of the 25 Greatest Playmates of All-Time. It hasn't been easy comparing these ladies to each other, and it just gets tougher as we go further into it. I think it's going pretty well, as the girls who've appeared so far are all impactful and revolutionary in terms of how they've contributed to the Playmate image. So let's recap these beauties so far, and get to remember how they've made their mark in the Playboy world.
#25 Carrie Westcott
Carrie was far ahead of her time - taking the edgy, rough look to the mainstream and becoming the first true "blonde bombshell" in Playboy.
#24 Cara Wakelin
The smooth-skinned Canadian beauty was a much forgotten Playmate whose striking pictorial presence and unique looks were unmatched.
#23 Heidi Sorenson
Far ahead of her time, she ushered in the style of the 80's with an constant array of goddess-like poses and epic nude artistry.
#22 Gillian Bonner
Gillian's overt sexuality and piercing eyes, coupled with a playful sense of presence, made her one of the most important Playmates of the Golden Era.
#21 Crista Nicole
Crista's beautiful curves alone are worth a thousand words. Her tall body and engaging face were curvy and set the bar for Playmates of the new millennium.
#20 Julie McCullough
Julie set the tone for the "modernization" of the 90's, complete with a playful, fresh look and a departure from the "big hair, big makeup" look of the 1980's.
#19 Raquel Gibson
Raquel, a more recent Playmate, is a testament to Playboy's commitment to diversity. Her Filipino-Italian looks are exotic, and her islander body is extraordinary.
#18 Carol and Darlene Bernaola
The Bernaola twins ushered in the new millennium by offering a double dose of South American bodies, their outstanding chemistry being the focal point of each and every photo.
#17 Lisa Dergan
Lisa was part of the historic class of 1998, although the lesser known of the bunch. Her unbelievable intimacy in each of her photos was enough to make her a major fan favorite.
#16 Kelly Gallagher
A tall, luscious Playmate with legs for miles, Kelly's sophisticated performances and all-natural beauty were both inviting and classically reminiscent.
#15 Heather Kozar
Playmate of the Year 1999
Heather was a prolific poser from the most outstanding era in Playboy history, when her curly blond locks and awesome posing talent earned her a number of awards.
#14 Monica Leigh
Cyber Girl of the Year 2006
A recent superstar, Monica is an omnipresent star in modern Playboy because of her exceptional ability to strike a vast variety of poses and make her incredible looks work to perfection.
#13 Jennifer Walcott
Jennifer took a dash of animal-like sexuality and a buxom brunette body and put it into a spicy concoction that made her a huge star into the new millennium, impacting the edginess of pictorials to come.
Wow, those were some amazing girls. How much better could it get? Well, we haven't even touched upon the best of the best yet. The top 12 are going to be quite a ride, and I'm sure all you fans have plenty of names swirling all over. You'll just have to wait and see!