From farm girl to cover girl, a local girl hits newsstands today.
Brittany Binger, of Bellevue, is Playboy magazine's June 2007 Playmate of the Month.
Binger, 20, graduated from Bellevue High School in 2005 and moved out west last year to pursue modeling. Less than one year later, she is making her national debut.
"Playboy is always looking for women with the fresh-faced, girl-next-door look," said Playboy spokeswoman Jessica Sigelbaum. "Binger epitomizes this with a natural, yet exotic twist."
Her "exotic twist" is a result of her German-Cherokee heritage, according to the magazine.
"I used to wake up at five in the morning, follow my dad around and name all the cows," Binger said in the June issue about her Bellevue childhood.
Binger did not return numerous calls requesting comment.
She first began her modeling career seven years ago when she signed with Ford Models modeling agency in New York. Since her move last year to California, she has appeared on the CBS show, "CSI: New York" and was recently cast on MTV's "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild n' Out."
Sigelbaum said Binger was chosen from thousands of applicants.
"Ultimately (Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner) decides if the candidates become Playmates and which month's issue they will appear in," she said, adding that she could not comment on how much Playmates make from posing.
According to her Playmate data sheet, Binger's ambitions are "to be successful in whatever I do, get married, have a family one day and just be happy." Although she's enjoying her time in the Golden State, Binger admits in the magazine that she is still a small-town girl at heart.
"I'm down-to-earth, kind of goofy and a homebody," she said. "I don't go out to clubs. I was rowdy in my teens and got it out of my system. Now I'm the one who gets beeped at by irate people for driving too slowly."
For the next month, Binger will promote her issue with personal appearances on behalf of the magazine, said Sigelbaum.
"After that, if she so chooses, she can work with our playmate promotions department to book her on appearances and events," she added.
Playboy's circulation is more than 3 million copies in the United states and 4.5 million worldwide, according to Playboy.com. The magazine also produces 20 international editions including those in Brazil, France, Germany and Japan.