Playboy's Girls of the Pac-10 includes two UW students

NORTH KITSAP - A young Hansville woman is pictured in the October edition of Playboy magazine that hit the newsstands on Friday. Joi Niemeyer, a junior at the University of Washington, is in the popular "Girls of the Pac-10" pictorial.

Niemeyer was among dozens of UW women who tried out for the Pac-10 issue in April. She was photographed while jumping on a Seattle hotel bed in attire suitable for a TV newscast.

Only two of the women - Niemeyer and Hayden Hayes of Puyallup - made the final cut and wound up in the eight-page spread.

"What they were looking for was the fun college girl, a girl with a bubbly, smiley personality," Niemeyer said.

Niemeyer, 20, didn't learn about the audition until the day before, and never told anybody she went, including her father. He called.

"He said, 'Hey, there are some messages on the answering machine and some neighbors saw you on TV. Were you modeling?'"

"Well, sort of," she replied.

He wasn't shocked when he found out it was for Playboy, she said, and has been supportive.

Niemeyer was flown to Chicago with women from other Pac-10 schools in late May to shoot the spread. Playboy publishes a college-themed pictorial every October, rotating conferences. The issues have been among the magazine's most popular.

"I can't speak to the exact reason," Playboy spokeswoman Abigail O'Donnell said Friday from her Chicago office. "My guess is it's because they're college students. People on campus are excited to see who of their classmates are featured in the issue. They're truly girls next door. They're not seen as super models or actresses. They really are just average girls who try out to be in the magazine and succeed."

Niemeyer got one picture in the magazine.

"I opened (the magazine) and I was really happy," she said. "I trust their judgment. I knew they would make the right choice, and they did."

She doesn't think the shot will shock anybody. O'Donnell said the magazine only takes photos that the women are comfortable with. She wouldn't say what Niemeyer was comfortable with. To find out, you have to buy the magazine, she said.

Niemeyer was a member of Kingston High School's first graduating class, in 2008. At 5 feet, 10 inches, she played post on the Buccaneers' state-playoff basketball team.

"It was a highlight of my life," she said. "There's nothing about it I would change, just like there's nothing to do with Playboy I would change."

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