Last night at the Palms Casino Resort, Hugh Hefner named the 50th Annual Playmate of the Year, Ida Lindqvist, during an elegant ceremony. But Hef, who arrived with new girlfriends Crystal Harris and Karissa and Kristina Shannon, thought he almost wouldn’t make the party.
“There was a moment in time that I didn’t think I was gonna make it. If I missed this, I would have killed myself,” Hef told guests, who included 50 past Playmates who came to Sin City to celebrate Playboy’s highest honor. Hef said this Playmate of the Year ceremony “tops them all” and described Ida as “truly unique.”
Ida blushed as Hef handed her a specially engraved bottle of Patron Platinum, keys to a new Mazda 6 sports sedan, and a check for $100,000. She credited Hef with “changing her life,” and said that “thank you is hardly appropriate for what you have done.”
Karissa and Kristina, who snapped photos of their boyfriend on their personal camera while he spoke to the crowd, showed up in matching white jeans and long brown blouses. While Hef’s twins hopped from table to table at the party and danced, Hef’s new #1 girl Crystal Harris attended to her man, even escorting him to the bathroom.
Hef credited Holly Madison and 2007 Playmate of the Year Sara Jean Underwood for finding Ida while she was working at a Bebe clothing store on Rodeo Drive and taking her out of the boutique and onto the pages of Playboy.
Holly was in an upbeat mood while she looked on from a separate table, where she chatted with Playmates and told The FABlife, “I’m ready to cause trouble. We need skateboards.”
The 50 Playmates in attendance took the stage for a special photo op, including KISS’ Gene Simmons‘ longtime love, 1982 Playmate of the Year Shannon Tweed, who told The FABlife, “I’m starting to feel old at these things.”
Check out our gallery of inside Hef’s exclusive 2009 Playmate of the Year party! [Photos: Peter Baratti]