Playmate of the Year 1985: Karen Velez

Camera Info:  Canon F1

Lens: Canon 35-105mm f/3.5

Film:  Kodachrome 64

Shoot Date: April 15, 1985

Karen Velez was born in Rockville Centre, Long Island, NY. It was her grandmother that convinced her to try out, and pose for Playboy.  Once accepted, Karen became Playmate of the Month for December,1984, and then was named Playmate of the Year in 1985.

I took this photograph of Ms. Velez during a photoshoot in my Hollywood studio, for the Cover of the 1986 Playboy Playmate Desk Calendar. Karen also appeared in several “Playboy” videos and special edition publications (she was the cover model for the first issue of “Playboy’s Playmate Review”).

Karen married famous actor, Lee Majors in 1988, and 20 years later her daughter Nikki posed for a “Playboy” Cyber Club pictorial called “Playmate Daughters” in 2008. Karen Velez now works as a master hypnotist and certified hypnotherapist. Beauty and brains runs in the family!

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