So, on my list of books to read, was Kendra Wilkinson’s bio, Sliding Into Home. I had watched The Girls Next Door reality series every now and then, but something about the Playboy Mansion interested me. Are these girls really in love with Hugh Hefner? And how are these gorgeous women attracted to someone four times their age?
The Playboy Mansion does a really great job at keeping everything that goes on in the house under wraps and preserving the Playboy image. The only thing the public is really exposed to, is when the girls are out with Hef and what is seen on the show. Nothing sexual or drama filled is allowed to be filmed. But, what goes beyond those mansion gates, is all left to the imagination. That was until Kendra’s book came out.
Lets just say that Kendra cleared up a lot of the unknown. And if you know how she is on the show, you know she definitely didn’t bother censoring anything in the book. She had been through more by the age of 18 than most people will ever experience in a lifetime. From a broken family, alcohol and drug abuse, suicide attempts, and bad boyfriends, Kendra finally found a way to making something of herself.
Now, I know, I always thought that Hef’s girlfriends were such a joke. They pretended they were in love with him to live there and gain public recognition, while Hef was able to keep his image. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Many of the girls, including Kendra, didn’t have a physical connection with Hef when asked to move into the mansion. In Kendra’s case, she was attracted to his personality, his charm, and the power he exuded.
The girls had 9pm curfews every night, unless they went out for a special night, such as Club Night with Hef, that happened every week. The curfew was to ensure that Playboy kept it’s classy reputation. Body guards followed the girls on all trips that they took, to ensure that they didn’t get into any bad situations, were dating other men, or were damaging the Playboy brand.
One of the most shocking things I read in the book was that after every “Club Night” the girls would make their way up to Hef’s room to ‘party’. And I think you know what I mean when I say party. The girlfriends and anyone else who wanted to join would make their way up to the bedroom. Everything from porn and strobe lights were on in the bedroom while each girl took their turn with Hef. Each girl spent about a minute with Hef until there were no more girls and the party was well, over.
It was just so bizarre to read what actually happened behind closed doors. Being Hef’s girlfriend didn’t entail one on one dates or alone time like a normal relationship would. It was like an unsaid known that the girls really didn’t think of Hef as a boyfriend (besides Holly) and that their presence in the house and in the public eye was to help build a brand. When they went out, they all went out together and when they had movie nights it was everyone packed into the theatre. The relationship seemed more business and family orientated then anything. Okay, besides those crazy nights in Hef’s room. Although, those did end long before Kendra and the rest of the girls left the mansion. One night, no one went to Hef’s room after the club, and from then on Holly had Hef all to herself. And as Kendra put it, she was like, “cool.”
I could just go on and on about the surprises and shocking parts of this book. I loved it and I didn’t want it to end; definitely recommend it as a great read!
THE GIRL IN THE YELLOW CAB