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Valerie Baber: Hugh Hefner did not talk to me

Apparently Hugh Hefner doesn’t talk to all of his Playboy models.

Former Playboy TV host Valerie Baber, current sexuality writer and intimacy coach, was introduced to Hefner years ago at a party. There was one thing about the brunette that stood out to Hefner and he didn’t like it.

“Why isn’t she blonde,” Baber recalls Hefner telling her date.

Afterwards Hefner continued the conversation with Baber’s date, who was a friend of Hefner, as if Baber was even there.

“That’s not the way I wanted to remember Hef but that’s how I remember him,” Baber laughed. “I’m sure he’s nice to other people as long as those people have the right colored hair.”

By Gino Terrell

This article originally appeared in MCXV, published January 28, 2017.


Gino Terrell is the Director of Content at Hidden Valley Culture Blog/In-Depth section. Terrell covered local artists and reviewed mainstream shows in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area under the Twin Cities Daily Planet (2014-15). He also freelanced for MinnPost and interned at Pioneer Press, KSTP TV (the Minneapolis ABC News Affiliate) and American Public Media Group. He's accumulated over 30 awards from the Associated Collegiate Press, Society of Professional Journalists and National Association of Black Journalists and founded award winning student-magazine Pipers In-Depth at Hamline University (St. Paul, Minnesota). He was once the sports editor for the school newspaper, The Oracle. Follow him on Twitter: @Gin026

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