This is the third in my series of body positive pin ups. I recently started following this awesome blog called alternativeblackgirls and was really inspired by some of the awesome ladies they showcase.
Jennifer Jackson was the first Black Playboy Playmate of the Month (March 1965).
In a 2011 interview about a character loosely based on her in the show The Playboy Club she comments on her success and attention stating:
The thing about that is, I never thought I was that pretty. Chicago had a lot of beautiful women, and for me to say that I was pretty? I was just there. There were so many other girls who were so much prettier than me. It’s just that a white man’s beauty is different from a black man’s beauty. I was tall and leggy – white men like that. Black men, on the other hand, liked the girls who were short and had what they called a “brick house body.” I didn’t get any attention from the brothers. They liked the little women who were short and shapely. So there was a different standard of beauty.
She is now a social worker and lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest.