Raquel Pomplun has been named Playboy Playmate of the Year. She has become the first Mexican-American to be bestowed with the honor.
"This year's Playmate of the Year is a winner in every way," Hefner said when introducing Pomplun. "Since becoming Miss April, Raquel has become extremely popular through personal appearances. She's been a host on Playboy Radio's Playboy Club and Playboy Presents. She's a member of the Playboy Dancers. She's also appeared as a host on Black Belt TV -- so don't mess around with her!"
"[This honor is] a reflection of not only Raquel's beauty but her personality as well," Hefner told Us Weekly Magazine. "She's gorgeous! But then all the Playmates are gorgeous. I think what sets her apart is that little extra something. She's so good with people, and that's part of what being a Playmate of the Year is all about."
Pomplun was the cover girl for April 2012 and will be again for June 2013.
"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," Pomplun said in a statement. "Playboy has taught me a side of myself I didn't know before. It's been a year of wonderful surprises!"