By Pablo J. Sáinz
One of the things that caused her the most cultural shock when Raquel Pomplun moved from Tijuana to Chula Vista, when she was in middle school, was having to change clothes in front of her female classmates for gym class.
“It’s not that I was ashamed to undress in front of a lot of girls or that I was ashamed of my body,” Pomplun said. “What happened is that I was not used to that in Tijuana. On physical education days usually you were already wearing the proper uniform for it.”
Pomplun is still at ease having to undress in front of strangers, but now she does it for a very different reason: This month Playboy magazine named her Playmate of the Year, the first Mexican-American to receive that title. She’s on the magazine cover for the month of June, which has already hit the stands.
“Now I truly show everything,” the 25-year-old beauty said, laughing.
Pomplun was born in San Diego, was raised in Tijuana, and lived in Chula Vista for many years. She’s a graduate of Bonita Vista High School.
Her love for border culture is so, that she requested this interview be held completely in Spanish –and it should be noted that her Spanish is perfect!
“I can’t begin to describe how excited I am to receive this honor and be given the opportunity to represent Playboy as its first Mexican American Playmate of the Year,” said Raquel from Los Angeles, where she recently moved to live with her husband. “Playboy has taught me a side of myself I didn’t know before. It’s been a year of wonderful surprises!”
The stunning woman entered the world of Playboy when she was Playmate of the Month for April 2012. In addition to the title, Pomplun received $100,000 in cash and a one-year lease of a Jaguar F-Type 2014.
Currently she’s a host of “Rockin’ Rounds” on Blackbelt TV and she’s also co-cost of “Playmates Present” on Playboy Radio. This Latina beauty hopes that, once her contract with Playboy ends, she can go into show business, as a TV host, either in English or Spanish.
“I already have a bunch of offers,” she said. “But if nothing comes through and I don’t stay in show business, it won’t be the end of the world. I have a career that has nothing to do with this.”
Pomplun has studied biochemistry at Southwestern College, in Chula Vista, and she has trained in classical ballet for years.
Raquel is a classy woman. Her pictorial wasn’t vulgar. She also did another elegant clothed in a black and white session.
“I feel more comfortable like this,” she said. “When I made those pictures it was very professional, artistic. I don’t go through life exhibiting myself.”
This lady said that her husband has been one of her strongest supporters in this adventure. Her parents, who still live in Tijuana, are also her loyal fans.
“My family is very open minded, and they know this is something good for me,” she said. “They’re all very proud of me.”
To learn more about Raquel Pomplun, visit www.playboy.com/pmoy2013.