Women may outnumber men at the University, but they certainly
didn't Wednesday night at Books-A-Million on Huntington
Six University women who posed for Playboy magazine were
on-hand at the bookstore to sign copies, and the majority of their
fans were men.
"I had to come out here," said Mike Fletcher, a freshman from
Roswell. "I've been a life-long fan of Playboy. I've been stealing my
dad's for two years."
The October issue of the magazine includes a feature called "Girls
of the SEC (South Eastern Conference)." The magazine traveled to
several SEC campuses for interviews and photo shoots.
The University had more women featured in October's issue than
any of the other schools in the SEC. Eleven University women
underwent interviews and posed for the magazine in April.
The publication hit news stands Monday.
Wendy Reprogel, the regional special events manager for
Books-A-Million, said the "Girls of the SEC" feature may sell the
most issues of Playboy this year.
"This may only be second to someone like Chyna or Sable
(formerly of the World Wrestling Federation) modeling," she said.
"Every other phone call we get is people asking about it."
Fans started lining up in the store around 4:45 p.m., and
autograph sessions started at 5.
"So many guys around here have been looking forward to this,"
said Lance Acree, a sophomore from Carrollton. "And we weren't
disappointed. The girls look great."
Acree was one of more than 50 men who arrived at the signing.
There were only a handful of women in line with copies.
"I came out to get autographs for my friends," said Erika Sobon, a
senior and one of five women in line. "I'm completely comfortable
with being here, and I'm actually surprised there aren't more girls
Carrie Couch, one of the Playboy models who signed at
Books-A-Million, said the actual shootings were fun but strenuous.
She was featured in a photo outside the Tau Kappa Epsilon house
on Milledge Avenue.
"Once they saw the magazine, people kept asking me if they
super-imposed us into the shot," she said. "Nope. They were all
naked right there in broad daylight."
Couch said her parents were supportive of her decision to
"My cousin goes to Georgia Tech and posed for 'Girls of the ACC'
in 1998," she said. "My parents wanted me to top her. And if
nothing else, it's something to tell my kids about one day."
Nikki Bruneel, a junior from Roswell, said she was glad she
posed for the magazine.
"I don't regret it at all; actually, I really liked it," Bruneel said. "The
photographers and makeup people were so nice. To me, it was
like going to the doctor. So natural and not uncomfortable at
Bob Cermak, the eastern division sales manager for Playboy
Enterprises, said each of the girls were paid for their
They were also given the option of using fake names.
The women who appeared at Books-A-Million, however, were all
signing the names printed on their birth certificates.
"I think more than anything, my parents were upset I used my real
name," said April Zeigler, who modeled in a bathing suit and roller
skates on North Campus. "Otherwise, everyone was very
supportive of the choice."