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HELENA ANTONACCIO

Miss June 1969
3 June 1997

moderator
Hello everyone. Welcome to tonight's chat with Helena Antonaccio, Miss June 1969.
David2
Evening Helena. Since you were both a Bunny at the Playboy Club and a Playmate, what was it like working at the Playboy Club? And how did the other Bunnies treat Playmates?
Helenaantonaccio
Hi David2. It was an experience for me because I was very shy. Being from the country, I had to go to the city, which was a whole new experience for me. I only worked one day a week at the Club. I really wasn't treated that differently.
Claus
Would you like to see the Playboy Clubs return?
Helenaantonaccio
Yeah! It was fun. I don't know if they would be the same or as popular, but I think it would be great.
Jae68
Hi Helena. In your pictures you have that girl-next-door image really down. Was this something you were conscious of? Were you really that way?
Helenaantonaccio
Hi Jae68. I wasn't conscious of it. I was really that way. I wasn't wearing any makeup except for false eyelashes. I was very shy. Nudity has always been like art to me so I wasn't shy about taking the pictures.
Wil
For how long were you a Bunny? And what did you do next?
Helenaantonaccio
I was a Bunny for three years. I did a lot of modeling and TV movies and soap operas. I still do catalog work.
Aaalooker
Hello Helena, you look so young in you pictures, were there ever questions raised as to "check her I.D."?
Helenaantonaccio
Hi Aaalooker. I was 19. No one made a big fuss over it. However, about six months ago, I went to buy beer for my dad and the guy asked me for my ID. He even asked me for additional ID. He did finally sell me the beer.
Helenaantonaccio
smiles.
Wil
When did you go from being blonde to brunette?
Helenaantonaccio
About a year after I appeared in Playboy. It's much easier not to have to dye your hair all the time.
Bcubed
Where can we see your current picture?
Helenaantonaccio
They will be in a "Playmate Revisited" coming soon in Playboy. I had fun doing the new pictures. My current pictures were taken in Florida outside with Bunny Yeager. She was really fun to work with. I will probably work with her again soon.
Jae68
I think your pictures are beautiful. What do you think of them?
Helenaantonaccio
I like both my current pictures as well as my Playmate pictures.
Wil
You have such a "little girl" voice. Has that ever created a problem for you?
Helenaantonaccio
Yes, all the time. It doesn't help when I'm trying to convince someone I'm old enough to buy beer!
Jae68
Were you involved in any troop support during the Vietnam war?
Helenaantonaccio
I worked with Operation Playmate for Vietnam veterans. During the wartime, I did answer a lot of fan mail from overseas. I visited VA hospitals as well, last year.
Bcubed
Do you plan to do anything in the future with Playboy beyond the "Playmate Revisited"?
Helenaantonaccio
Well, I'm involved with the Playmate Alumni group. I like to show my artwork and we were thinking of doing a Playmate Art Show at some point in the future. It's currently in the works.
Wil
Since you've posed for Bunny Yeager, will you be featured in "Glamour Girls Then & Now"? And in what issue of "Celebrity Sleuth" will you appear?
Helenaantonaccio
Yes, I will. It should come out next year. I will appear in the June issue. It doesn't come out until the 25th, I think.
Bcubed
What is the Playmate Alumni Group?
Helenaantonaccio
Many of the Playmates are getting together to form an organization that will do a lot of charity work and it will help us bond together and get to know each other better.
Stephen
I used to have the Playboy jigsaw puzzle with your centerfold on it but I lost it. Do you have a spare one you can give me?
Helenaantonaccio
No, I don't. In fact I wasn't even aware that one existed. How cool.
Helenaantonaccio
smiles.
Jae68
What type of art do you do?
Helenaantonaccio
I do Vargas type pinup girls. I draw and paint (acrylic and watercolor). I'm experimenting in oils right now. I use Playmates most of the time as my models. I also do landscapes.
Wil
You've traveled to the west coast for the last two Glamourcons. What did you like about those shows?
Helenaantonaccio
Meeting the girls! Some of the girls are so beautiful and you are just in awe of them. Gwen Wong was in the magazine when I was in high school and I thought she was beautiful. It was exciting to actually meet them. I had a great time with them. I was kind of star struck. They were so nice and down to earth.
David2
We know from your story what led you to become a Bunny, but what led you to become a Playmate?
Helenaantonaccio
I met Pompeo Posar at the Playboy Club. He was taking pictures of the Bunny's. He asked me if I wanted to be a Playmate. It was like a dream come true.
Wil
When did you start reading Playboy? And have you continued to read it through the years?
Helenaantonaccio
Playboy has always been around. My father had it and I glanced at it. I still subscribe to Playboy.
Alpha
How has the role of woman changed since the 1960s?
Helenaantonaccio
She's probably gotten more independent, I guess. There seems to be a lot more opportunity now.
Jae68
What have you done since you last appeared in Playboy?
Helenaantonaccio
I've done modeling in Manhattan, because I'm short I'm a commercial model. I've done a few bit parts. I'm also an astrologer. I'm really into health food. It's nice to see it catching on now.
Pegboy
Are sideburns, by chance, still one of your turn ons?
Helenaantonaccio
Now, it's what a person has inside that counts. I guess I grew up.
Wil
Did you visit the Playboy Mansion in Chicago?
Helenaantonaccio
Yes, I stayed there. It was great. I've been at the Mansion West as well. They are so different because at the Mansion West, there are huge grounds. At the Chicago Mansion everything was inside. I remember there was a lot of wood in the Chicago Mansion, and always Dove soap.
Alpha
Are you using you're own computer for this interview?
Helenaantonaccio
I would love to have a computer, but I just haven't gotten around to buying one yet. Anyone have a spare they want to send me?
Helenaantonaccio
laughs hysterically.
Wil
Who are your friends among the Playmates?
Helenaantonaccio
De De Lind and Regan Wilson are the two girls that I talk to the most. De De is so wonderful. I think she's every Playmates best friend. I've also talked to Ellen Michaels.
Jae68
Do people still recognize you?
Helenaantonaccio
Only at Glamourcon.Actually, many people tell me how different I look because of my hair.
Wil
How does your family feel about your returning to glamour modeling?
Helenaantonaccio
They are very used to it, so it's no surprise to them. My family has always been very supportive of my modeling career.
Bcubed
You mentioned "Glamour Girls Then and Now." What is that?
Helenaantonaccio
It's a magazine that's put out about Glamour Girls from the past. It's not only Playmates, but there are a lot of Playmates that are in there.
Helenaantonaccio
Also, if anyone is interested I have a P.O. Box for mail at: P.O. Box 279, Green Village, NJ 07935
David2
What do you think about the changes Playboy and the Playmates have made through the years?
Helenaantonaccio
I think that the girls are more like models now. They are very beautiful and glamorous, which is a little bit different than the "girl-next-door."
Aaalooker
Helena, did you ever marry? If so, do you have any children ? :))
Helenaantonaccio
Yes, I was married but am now divorced. I don't have any children.
Jae68
Who are your favorite Playmates in recent years?
Helenaantonaccio
I think they are all extraordinary, but I really think Lisa Scott is adorable. I also think Corinna Harney and Victoria Silvstedt are both favorites of mine as well.
Wil
Do you still have those granny glasses from your Playmate pictorial? They would be a collectable item!
Helenaantonaccio
No, I don't.But I do still have the pink pussy-cat doll.
Bcubed
What sort of man (or woman) reads Playboy today?
Helenaantonaccio
Only the smartest, and most sophisticated and fun loving people.
Helenaantonaccio
smirks.
Wil
Are there any other potential Playmates in your family?
Helenaantonaccio
I have a niece who looks like me but I don't know if she wants to be a Playmate. I think she's cute enough to be a Playmate though.
David2
Do you have a large family?
Helenaantonaccio
No. I only have one sister.
Pegboy
Where might I go to see a current photo of you?
Helenaantonaccio
"Celebrity Sleuth" magazine, the upcoming "Playboy Playmate Revisited", and at any of the Glamourcon shows. Or you can send a SASE to the address I've mentioned previously and I will send you a brochure.
Aaalooker
Is there any chance that I could adopt you? :):)
Helenaantonaccio
Why do you have money? I'm just kidding!!!
Helenaantonaccio
smiles.
Bcubed
My girlfriend has a beautiful body, but a low self image. I try to convince her that she could be in Playboy. What should I do to help her realize how beautiful she is? Is that something you have struggled with yourself?
Helenaantonaccio
Just keep telling her that she's attractive and hope that she eventually believes you. I did struggle with this when I was younger. And sometimes now on a bad day. :)
moderator
Okay. We're at T-minus 5 minutes so let's get the latest and greatest Q's in.
Wil
Will you be a New Jersey resident forever?
Helenaantonaccio
Yes, I like New Jersey. It's got everything, mountains, beaches, and it's close to New York.
Wil
Have you cast your own horoscope? What does it say the future holds for you?
Helenaantonaccio
Yes, of course I have.:) It says that really good things will be happening for me through the Internet. So maybe the future is now.
Helenaantonaccio
smiles.
Aaalooker
Helena, I would have to rob a bunch of banks, just kidding. It has been a pleasure chatting with you, please come back again, take care, Aaalooker
Jae68
Thank you Helena, for chatting. You've been great.
David2
Helena, what do you think about the Cyber Club, and would you be willing to come back to chat with us again?
Helenaantonaccio
Aaalooker, thanks for chatting with me. You're a sweetheart!
Helenaantonaccio
Thanks Jae68.
Helenaantonaccio
David2, I would love to come back and I think the Cyber Club is great!
Pegboy
Keep smiling, Helena. @}-]----
Wil
We'll see you at the Glamourcons in Chicago, New Jersey, and Los Angeles, I hope?
Helenaantonaccio
Thanks for the rose, Pegboy. Yes, I will see you there, Wil.
David2
Thanks for chatting with us Helena. I look forward to seeing your Playmate Revisited pictures!
Aaalooker
You have such a pretty natural smile, you must smile often. This is one of the first things that I notice about a girl, believe it or not, he he. The words "warm & friendly" are written in your smile. Never quit smiling. :):)
Helenaantonaccio
It's been great chatting with you. You guys have been great. I would love to come back and I promise I will never quit smiling!
Helenaantonaccio
curtseys demurely.
Helenaantonaccio
Bye guys!
moderator
Thanks everyone. See you in the Event Lobby.