Karin Taylor was surprised when she first realized of the accusations made towards her late pal Hugh Hefner.
It was 2022 when former Playboy bunny Holly Madison and several other different playmates spoke out in a 10-part docuseries on A&E, “Secrets of Playboy.” Madison alleged the Playboy Mansion “was very cult-like” and the ladies had been “gaslit and anticipated to think about Hef as like this actually good man.”
“It was really easy to get remoted from the surface world there,” the 43-year-old stated on the time. “You had a 9 o’clock curfew. You had been inspired to not have buddies over. You weren’t actually allowed to go away until it was like a household vacation.”
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Madison dated Hefner from 2001 till 2008. The journal mogul died in 2017 at age 91.
“I interviewed [fellow Playmate] Ulrika Ericsson in my podcast ‘You Should Know’ about this,” Taylor instructed Fox Information Digital. “We had been each not there, so we are able to’t say that by no means occurred after we weren’t within the room. However we are able to say that was not our expertise. So I did take slightly offense to that remark, that it was like a cult.”
“I don’t really feel that any a part of my Playboy expertise was like that in any respect. … Hef at all times stated, ‘As soon as a playmate, at all times a playmate.’ However actually, as soon as your problem comes out, it’s executed, they usually transfer on to the subsequent lady.”
The previous worldwide vogue mannequin, who was a Playmate in June 1996, is now a single mom of 5 who runs Mandalay Farms in Florida.
She hosts two podcasts, “You Ought to Know” and “Free Advice with Karin Taylor,” sharing her life experiences with listeners. Whereas the 51-year-old is not concerned with Playboy, she was saddened to listen to of the accusations focused on the model, which skyrocketed her to fame.
“Being a mom, I don’t pose provocatively, however I’m nonetheless a playmate and nobody’s ostracized me,” she defined. “Once I look again at my expertise, it was a sisterhood the place so many ladies went on to do nice issues. Playboy was only a chapter of their lives and never their total id.”
“Ulrika and I were fashion models before we posed for Playboy, and we simply remembered the camaraderie and acceptance from the opposite women. The fashions within the vogue business had been far more cutthroat. In the meantime, with the playmates, if I used to be ever in any metropolis and wanted one thing, there was at all times a woman, even when I didn’t know her, who was at all times prepared to supply a serving to hand.”
“It was a really supportive surroundings,” she added. “I used to be simply fascinated that Hugh Hefner created one thing that had a lot camaraderie and loyalty. I do know there have been loads of playmates, bunnies and previous staff who wrote petitions and expressed they had been sad. However this was all being stated after Hugh Hefner’s loss of life. He can’t even defend himself. … So, in fact, my knee-jerk response was one among disbelief and slightly little bit of anger.”
Taylor stated that after seeing “Secrets and techniques of Playboy” twice, she had “very conflicting emotions.”
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“On one hand, I really feel very strongly that each girl has a proper to precise her fact,” stated Taylor. “I’m a agency believer that talking out will be very therapeutic. And I did really feel empathetic feelings with a few of the ladies who expressed the issues that they stated they went by way of.”
“My coronary heart goes out to them for the ache and misery they might have endured. I need to help everybody’s proper to talk out, however I can’t additionally declare that Hef did all these items as a result of I wasn’t there and that wasn’t my expertise. That wasn’t something I ever noticed. I never saw drugs, I used to be by no means provided medication.”
Taylor identified that, on the time she was on the Playboy Mansion, Hefner was married to Kimberley Conrad, who was elevating their younger kids. The union lasted from 1989 till 2010.
“There was no discuss with women on the pool when his little sons had been working round,” stated Taylor. “Hef was fairly quiet, and he favored his routine. On Wednesday nights, he favored taking part in board video games and playing cards along with his buddies. He at all times had film evening. Kimberley and I additionally grew to become nice buddies. After they separated, she lived subsequent door with the youngsters. That’s when he began with the a number of girlfriends. However, by then, I wasn’t on the mansion. I didn’t go to any of the events, and I actually was by no means in his bed room.”
“Every time I did one thing, I might get a letter from Hef,” she shared. “He would at all times let you understand how proud he was of you. If you happen to ever obtained a task or a gig, he would write you a word congratulating you. And in case you ever wrote to him, he at all times wrote again. He loved writing letters.”
“And in case you had been on the mansion and a photographer took a photograph of you, he made positive that picture was printed and mailed again to you with slightly word. My expertise at Playboy was one among loyalty and respect. So I do really feel conflicted about what has been stated. And my coronary heart goes out to his sons as a result of I’m positive it should be laborious to listen to these accusations and never have your father round to defend himself.”
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Whereas Taylor pressured she has zero regrets about showing in Playboy, it did pose some challenges through the years.
“It did damage me within the sense that I used to be as soon as not allowed to talk at a homeschooling conference,” Taylor claimed. “I used to be 41 after I tried to try this, and it was as a result of I had posed for Playboy. Although I used to be talking about on-line studying instruments, although I had been recognized within the homeschooling area for internet hosting on-line workshops, being a curriculum reviewer, I wasn’t allowed to talk. I’ve had a few imply mothers who introduced it up, and it was slightly hurtful.”
Taylor was additionally surprised when her son Googled her.
“I wasn’t ready for my son saying, ‘Oh my gosh, I simply noticed this image of you on the web. What is that this and why are you bare?’” she recalled. “That was actually laborious. As a result of, for the time being while you’re 23 years outdated, you’re not pondering that you simply’re going to have 5 youngsters and one among them goes to look you up. Would I pose for Playboy at present? Most likely not. Do I remorse doing it? No. I feel while you remorse one thing, there’s some disgrace hooked up to it, and I don’t really feel disgrace.”
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“It’s additionally been fascinating relationship,” she chuckled. “Folks look up your old Playboy photos and guys need to discuss to you about it. However they’re taking a look at a 23-year-old. I’m 51 now. It’s bizarre occurring a date with somebody who has already seen you bare.”
Today, Taylor is having fun with a quieter tempo surrounded by animals whereas she focuses on philanthropy.
“The Hollywood events had been enjoyable. Who doesn’t love having a glam squad?” she stated. “However being with animals and nature has been very therapeutic for me. And all of the experiences I had made me who I’m at present.”