Heather Christensen

July 5, 2005 | Skip To The Comments (27)

Heather Christensen was voted Playboy's Lingerie Model of the Year for 2001. She was also my first feature interview for Stance (and ever for that matter). If you search hard enough online, you'll find some lovely photos of her "modeling" lingerie.

Much like with my Rachel Perry feature, I had the idea to have Heather advise the Stance audience on how to score with hot chicks like herself and a few pointers for the ladies in the audience who might want to start skateboarding. However, the advice column got the axe, but I have included it here.

Heather Christensen
By Rob Brink
Stance January 2002

The cover was black, with a big silver bunny on it…

I was around seven or eight years old when I reached the minimum height to make a grab at the magazines sitting on the hallway closet shelf in my old New Jersey home. I plucked one from the piles, but before I had a chance to open it I heard my mom: “Bobby! What are you doing up there?” I quickly placed the magazine back and acted like I wasn't up to high jinks. I yearned to get my little mitts on those inaccessible periodicals. Days later, Mom told me she was going to the store. I watched her drive away and bolted up to the closet only to find the shelf an empty void—the magazines were gone. Mom had foiled my plan.

Seventeen years later, Mom wasn't thrilled when I told her I was lucky enough to have interviewed Heather Christensen, Playboy's 2001 Lingerie Model of the Year. When I showed my dad Heather's layout, he acted disinterested—like he doesn't have a penis, and never had a few years' worth of Playboy stacked in our old hallway closet.

Despite my parents' lack of enthusiasm, Heather Christensen is a dream combination—a Playboy model who rides a skateboard. Actually, I should say, a skateboarder who models for Playboy. She was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, where she began skating four years ago. Out of pure boredom, she packed up and moved to Tampa, Florida when she was twenty. Although sick with a stomach virus on a Friday afternoon, Heather was kind enough to answer my questions.

What got you started in skateboarding?
Actually, my ex-boyfriend. His friends all skated, and I used to go with them to the skatepark in Cleveland every now and then. I thought, “Ya know, I'm pretty athletic and I am not really scared of things. I should try this—it would give me something to do in the wintertime because it's so cold.” So I went to the skatepark every day by myself. Then one day I learned to drop in on this little mini ramp at Changa World Skatepark, and I got so excited I just kept going and learning other little things.

What kind of board do you ride and what terrain do you like to skate?
An old-school board that's bigger and heavier, with risers and big wheels. I skate vert a lot—I like ramps. I don't skate street very well at all. I like skating pools. If we find a pool, we'll go and clean it out and skate it.

What was your worst slam?
Oh god, at Skatopia in Ohio I fell on this metal ramp and broke my arm in half. My watch basically held my arm together. My friends had to drive me an hour and a half to the hospital--I was screaming the whole way. I had to have surgery. I was like the Hellraiser guy--they took these giant pins and drilled them into my bone and they were all sticking out through the skin. It was like that for six weeks. Then my boyfriend dumped me. It was the worst thing ever.

Does Playboy airbrush out your scars?
Yeah, they do. They airbrushed all the scars off my arm from when I broke it. Then they do my knees, my freckles—they airbrush quite a bit. Anyone who sees me in real life knows I don't look like that.

Learn any new tricks lately?

The last trick I learned was axle stalls on mini. But I need someone to push me to step up my skating. Anthony [Furlong] doesn't skate with me--we go off and do our own separate things. He gets frustrated because I don't listen to him. I'm too stubborn.

Anthony took you to Woodward right?
Yeah, all these little kids would come up to me and freak out and be like, “You're Anthony Furlong's girlfriend? Can you steal us his underwear? We'll do anything if you can get us some stuff.”

Is there anything specific about skateboarders that's more attractive than the average guy on the street?

I think so. I hate to say it, but I tried dating other guys who weren't skaters, and they're just not the same. At least you know guys who skate can fix things because they know how to use a wrench. And they have some brains, because you have to be smart and creative to learn how to skate and think of lines and stuff. So usually they're smart and they are handy around the house [laughs].

So what were you doing before Playboy?
When I turned eighteen my family didn't have any money for college. I was determined to go to school. My friend and I were in study hall one day and we saw an article in the newspaper “Dancers—Five-Hundred Dollars Nightly.” We were like “Five hundred dollars!” So I started working in a topless strip club--it was a lot of fun. Then one day a scout from Playboy came in and found me. I didn't even want to be in there [Playboy]. I was just thinking “Money for school.” I can have a career out of it if I want to, but its like, “Do I finish school like I want to, or take advantage of these other opportunities while they last?” It's a tough decision.

You're studying to be a Veterinarian?
I feel it's what I'm supposed to do—I love animals, and I care about the planet. I want to go into reptiles—Anthony and I have a reptile house with turtles, snakes, lizards, and frogs.

Any other hobbies?

I have a ‘68 Mustang that I'm restoring. I've been working on that and putting money into it.

I can't even change my own oil. My dad does it for me.

Heather's Advice Column

What specific things do you look for in a man? What turns you off about guys?
They have to be really down to earth, really calm, and not getting all riled up about everyday life. I like someone who can handle their stress, chill out, and realize that there is more to life than getting stressed over traffic or money. Turn offs? The meatheads. I hate that. I can't stand a guy spending so much time in front of the mirror. I don't like guys that primp a lot. No primping!

Say a guy wants to talk to you. How does he get your attention?

I hate to say it but if a guy does something really stupid in public. Like funny stupid. If he makes everyone laugh or makes an ass of himself—like a clown. I think it is funny—just because they don't care what everyone thinks. That gets my attention.

Now that skating is getting bigger and more girls are getting involved (finally) do you have any advice for girl skaters?
Don't get discouraged if you don't find other girls to skate with. Eventually you will find someone and they will probably end up being one of your best friends. I finally found two girls that skated and they are my closest friends now. Just keep skating if it makes you happy. Don't get scared if the guys are whizzing by you at 100mph. Chances are they will let you skate, so just charge it.

It is good now, there are more girl companies like pads and shoes. There is more stuff that fits us. So it is better. We have more opportunities now than ever.

Lots of girls complain about how they had a rough time dating a skater. Any advice for girls who are trying to cope with a skate-addicted boyfriend?
Yeah that is because they can't handle the fact that their boyfriend skates and pays attention to their skateboard and not them. You have to at least find someone who understands. Girls should skate a little bit, at least try it. If you don't want to skate, enjoy it for what else it has to offer. Even if you don't skate, the people are good people and you make a lot of friends. Don't get frustrated over it.


  1. werd! me and her have LOADS in common. i totally admire her for what she had to say. it's pretty gnarly that there's a model (and a PLAYMATE for that matter) who skates and is so much like i am... gives me much hope, i must say. hah!

  2. kool

    Chad Martin

  4. I have admired Heather for quit some time, and I have to say that she is not only beautiful but smart as well, she seems to have a very clear view in life about what she wants, and she is one of the few females in the world that isn't so afraid of the fact that she has a body, and that others just might see it. I have to admit that she is THE IDEAL picture of what I have and will look for in a woman.

    Doc Poulson
  5. I saw her in a photo at Skatpio like 4 years ago.. Fell then, like I did today..
    Red on the head...
    AND the carpet def. matches the drapes..
    I like that

    old man Rob
  6. God i wana fuck her

  7. real classy comment sp3k..thats probably why u spend sat nite with a bottle of hand lotion and wheel of fortune reruns..(heather is a cute classy gurl and she deserves much more awesome responces)

  8. Beautiful girl, er, woman. Long legs, good body, no sags and sounds like good attitude. Lots of God Given Gifts.

    D.L. of Oregon
  9. I wish this could get to her personally, i used to work with her years ago and she became one of my good friends, it was actually around the time she was dating her skateboarding ex. one night we meaning her and her boyfriend,myself and my boyfriend john, who is now also my ex went out to this crazy place where it was like an arcade and it had a bar and mini club attatched to it. me and her got shitfaced of course and we were the only two dancing on the dance floor. She gave me info on who to send my pictures in to one of her personal contacts. and she wouldn't reccomend me to if i didn't have the face and body for it. this was when she and i lived up in tampa five years ago. i remember i went to her apartment and she had her photo model of the year pic. blown up huge on the wall, and her boyfriend had a pic of him doing his thing on the wall right across from eachother. i followed my bf to bradenton, numbers got changed and i lost touch which was a shame because i miss her and would love to hear that she's doing good. Congrats on being in this months packaged issue too. OH yea remember i had that bleech blonde hair, i finally got the guts and dyed it to brown. Hope this some how gets to you, i got a sight online, go to www.modelplace.com and click on the first choice of sites then when the sight pulls up click on enter here (top right side) it will skip to another page, go to the model id # and put in 134545. thats when you would remember me being blonde. i'd love to hear from you. Dayunique000@aol.com and my # is 941-234-9811. proud of you wish we didn't lose touch and i wish your women emily, would have actually responded. i model hear and there and going to miami in a couple weeks to talk to willa and ford. keep your fingers crossed.

    Dana Toal (Nicole)
  10. Beatiful ladies like yourself should be out in the ocean surfing with lonely red-headed guys like me, not in some loser parking lot skateboarding. It would be safe to say I crave a woman like you! Keep eating right and look for me at a hurricane swell near you.

  11. ?

  12. Heard she was Pippi Longstocking, is this true?

  13. Kudos...to Heather...shes hot and she can skate...and anyone who has something to say negative of she is either a gay emo or is unaccepting of change...and what really matters is she made history but Alyssa was first...it's all gonads and strife

    Madam Trixie
  14. Heather is simply the most beautiful woman alive !

    No further comments needed.

    btw. What happened to her homepage? it seem to down, after it has been "under cunstruction" for several month (not to say years)

  15. meet her in Tampa. She is a really cool girl.

  16. hey heathr y love you are to beautyfull,red har and you enrgi is power,you make me feel well when i see you , y have some pictures in mi boat, i live in a sale boat, come to venezuela and i show you los roques,or if you need a hipiee sale boat,yeast contact to me and i go luking for you in old arround the world jejejje love ..........hermes

  17. to me , she's the most beautiful , gorgeous and amazing women in this side of the galaxy!!

    i'm very lucky to be able to watch this girl on pictures..

  18. people like heather are destroying america

    whores who worship the almighty dollar

    skating is a waste of time
    any adult who bases their life around a childs activity
    obviously has some issues and needs to get their priorities fucking straight

    wake the fuck up

    little boots
  19. Hey littleboots,What are ya playin with now? G.I.Joes?

    Gary F. Moraco
  20. I LOVE this girl, and I have since the first picture I saw of her. I would do anything, ANYTHING to be with her. I am in Marshalltown, Iowa, Heather, and I love you to death. You are my ideal woman in every way, shape and form.

    Adam Jaspersen
  21. About Pippi....
    No she is not Pippi. Pippi´s real name is Inger Nilsson

  22. I know her, she 's a bitch. really stuck on herself. what an ego! they fired her from her job in Tampa .Really likes to tease the men ,a real user.

  23. Good luck in med school, being at my 3rd year now and it's lot of work.

    Sad I'm only paid 100$ per day to work to pay my student depts when you could get 500$ nightly being a topless...

    I've quit skateboarding after 5 years because was getting too many injuries. I was more interested in getting in shape than making hospital a new residence. Now I've got into triathlons and Ironman and appreciate my efforts more because I'm injury-free ;)

    Keep it up with the med school, it's the most important thing on earth to be educated. Regardless on the way you get the money there in USA with expansive school fees, be persistent. Here in Canada, 1900$ per semester is almost "free"....

  24. I'm from Montreal, Canada and we can enjoy the relative "free-education" like Max said. It's not always easy to go at school and working in the same time, i know a bit about this fact ;).

    Go at your rythmn and be persistent.

    If one day you come in Montreal with friend(s), I hope you will enjoy your trip.

    Yann R.
  25. I personally know her from high school. I will let you guys on a little secret she never graduated college. She blew all her playboy money on drugs and pretty dress's. She moved back to Ohio and worked in Brookpark at the Crazy horse as a stripper. And she still looks coked out. Last I heard she was in rehab.

    Ohio Guy
  26. i am so glad to see her doing so well, i went o high school with heather. she was always such a sweet girl. i wish i could do good for myself like that.

    christine shenberger
  27. Heather Christensen is God's gift to the White man !!!! She is STUNNINGLY beautiful & ALLthe unnecessary NASTY comments are un needed .....can'twe all just look & enjoy!!!??? Old adage..."If ya ain't got nuthin 'nice 2 say ,say nuthin" at all!!Show some class jag offs she don't need 2 hear how you want 2 fuck her...Heather I Love you &even got you tattooed on my arm!!! Chicago HonkyHayWire

    William Nelson

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