If you were drifting across the ocean on a small boat, you might think about a lot of things — food, sharks, land — but you probably wouldn’t think about posing for Playboy.
That’s because you aren’t Elizabeth Ostrander, Playboy’s Playmate of the Month for December.
“I was on a boat — out of touch with the world, water all around me — and I thought: ’Why not submit a picture to Playboy?’” Ostrander, 25, said from Florida, recalling she made the decision to contact the magazine when she and her husband were sailing across the Pacific Ocean last year.
“It’s been a dream come true since.”
A native of St. Augustine, Fla. who now lives and works in a sailing business with her husband, Erik, in San Francisco, Ostrander is Playboy’s second consecutive redheaded Playmate. She has modeled since the age of 18, appearing in the Greek editions of Vogue, Lucky and other magazines.
Ostrander spoke to Busted Coverage about whether or not her mom would pose for Playboy; attending San Francisco Giants games and getting naked on a boat.
BC: Whose reaction to your status as a Playmate has surprised you the most?
“My dad’s reaction was the most surprising. I hadn’t talked to him in a long time, and he sent me an email saying ‘I always knew you’d make your dreams come true. I’m very proud of you.’…My mom and I look identical, so she’s thrilled. I think she’s living vicariously through me.”
Identical? Would she ever consider posing for Playboy?
“No. No way. She’s too conservative to do that.”
You work at the San Francisco Sailing Company. Have any Giants, Niners or Warriors tried to float your boat, so to speak?
“No, not yet, but I’d love to have some of the Giants come on to the boat. We haven’t had any players on yet, but we did have the mascot (Lou Seal)…During my Playboy shoot, the Giants’ playoff game was going on, and we held up the shoot so I could watch the games.”
Are they your favorite San Francisco area sports team?
“Definitely. Their games are so much fun! The ballpark is right on the water, so we just sail over there and take in the game. It’s one big party on the water.”
Would you ever host the Playmates on the boat?
“All Playmates are welcome on the boat (laughs). It would have to be a warm day.”
The Giants should have you throw out a first pitch.
“I could do it. I used to play softball. I can throw…I love watching baseball. I watched (Philly Little League World Series star) Mo’ne Davis throw out the first pitch at the World Series (Game 4). She is phenomenal — just a one of a kind talent.”
Even though the Giants have won three World Series in the last five years — and the Niners haven’t won a Super Bowl in almost 20 years — which team rules San Francisco and why?
“It’s hard for me to say, because I really don’t follow football, but living in the Mission District when they won (the last time), it was the most ridiculous street party ever.”
You and your husband have sailed across the Pacific. How far do you have to be out to sea before you can get naked on a boat?
“I don’t think you have to be far out on the water before you take off you bathing suit.”
You mentioned in your bio that you have trained yourself to be a viking. If given the impossible choice of viking or pirate, which would you rather be and why?
“I’d rather be a viking. They seem more focused on adventure, discovery and exploration. Pirates are more evil. They rob and murder.”
Which is your husband more like?
“With a name like Ostrander!?! C’mon! He’s definitely a viking.”
Yeah. I should have figured that one out…You used to be a competitive surfer. It seems easier to sail naked than it would be to surf naked. Is that true?
“It’s much easier to sail naked. I definitely have. Boats in general are like people’s homes. That’s why you should always be careful going on one: you never know what’s going on below deck.”
Where do you hope this opportunity will lead you?
“I really want to act more. I have interests that go beyond modeling; I don’t want to be just a pretty face. I hope that I can inspire people to be who they are and not care about what other people think.”