If you’re into Kendra Wilkinson, you’re not alone. One of three Girls Next Door – and one of Hugh Hefner’s best girlfriends – she’s one of the best-loved Playboy girls of all time, both on and off the screen. Born and raised in Clairemont, a suburb of San Diego, California, Kendra was working as a dental assistant when someone told her she should be a model. She took those words to heart – she started working as a glamour model, and her winning face, body and personality won her a job as a Painted Lady at Hugh Hefner’s 78th birthday party. A few days later, Hef called her personally and asked her to be his girlfriend, and Kendra moved in to the Mansion. The rest, as they say, is history – she joined Bridget Marquardt and Holly Madison as one of Hef’s best girls, and was vaulted to reality TV stardom.
Kendra starred on The Girls Next Door for five years, and she lived at the Mansion until 2009, when she moved in with her fiancé – now husband – Hank Baskett. (There were no hard feelings – the pair was married at the Mansion, and Kendra refers to Hef in jest as her son’s godfather.) Since then, Kendra has been a reality TV star – her E! series, Kendra, was followed by a WE tv series, Kendra on Top, and she made appearances on Dancing With the Stars and Celebrity Wife Swap. She’s tried her hand as an actress, too, with roles in The Bunny House and Scary Movie 5, not to mention Las Vegas and Entourage. With two books, a health and fitness brand and a happy family to her name, this Girl Next Door is a household name.