Model Eugena Washington is a Columbia South Carolina native who was best known for being the second runner-up on “America’s Next Top Model” in 2006. But that was then. Now, Washington can credit many years of hard work as a model in the fashion and entertainment industry for her status as Playmate of the Year.
Washington sat down with Complex Hustle to talk about her strategy to not win first place on “America’s Next Top Model.” She explained that she decided to do the TV show because it was during a time in her life when she wasn’t actually doing anything and she felt that she had to be doing something. So, she came up with an off the wall strategy to try and place third because she didn’t want to box herself into the “Top Model” brand.
Washington was born in 1984 in South Carolina, but lived in Palmdale, California. In 2006, Washington made the short-list of models to tape America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 7. At that time, she was just 21-years-old. Yet, she was able to navigate her way to the finals. Her strategy worked and the offers from modelling agencies came soaring in.
As a model signed to Elite Model Management, Washington appeared on “The Bold and the Beautiful,” worked with CoverGirl, Clinique, Macy’s, Target and Avon. She’s also walked for Christian Audigier, Paris Hilton Sportswear, Teen Vogue and Vans.
As the 2016 Playmate of the Year, Washington’s Playboy honor paid her $100K in prize money and gave her a feature on the cover of Playboy magazine’s June issue along with a 10-page spread.
Washington told Playboy magazine, “It’s a great time for this … The world is changing. I hope this brings different eyes to the magazine and new audiences. This is a story and a chapter in my life to build around. I’m enjoying the ride, and right now I’m doing whatever I want to do, day by day. That’s how I live. That’s what my life is about. As long as I’m doing what I want to do, I’m happy. Right now, being a part of Playboy is what I want to do.”
Watch the supermodel share her story and the keys to making her dream a reality.