Olivia Paige entered her first pageant when she was 12. At the time, she couldn't have known what it would lead to. Or could she?
Now 19, the Holley High School graduate says she wanted to be an art teacher growing up. That didn’t last for long.
“When I was like 13 or 14, I was like, mom, guess what I want to do?”
The Kendall girl told her mother she wanted to be in Playboy. She was serious.
“I didn't understand where she got it,” said Lisa Jurhs, Olivia’s mother. “I figured it would just go away.”
It didn't. And now Olivia's a centerfold. Playboy's Miss September.
“I thought about it, and the more I thought, it doesn't really bother me,” said Lisa. “She's comfortable enough with her body and sees it as an art, then go for it.”
Olivia says she wasn’t nervous. Quite the opposite.
“I'm actually very comfortable shooting nude,” she said. “Surprisingly.”
For Olivia, the last year has gone like this: Graduate from Holley High School; Attend classes at a community college; Try out for a Playboy casting call; Get noticed by
Playboy TV producers; Become one of ten women on a reality show; Finish runner up; shot a centerfold spread, which is out now.
“It's crazy,” said Olivia. “It's more than I ever thought it would be. I never did it for a
Olivia describes the photo layout as “tasteful”. She has heard from some who think what
she's doing is wrong, believing a nude photo layout is degrading to women.
“People have their opinion, which is fine,” she said. “Quite honestly, I do what I want to do. If I'm happy, sorry. Don't look.”
“She's so driven and has so much determination,” says her mother. “I’m very proud of her. I couldn't ask for a better daughter.”
Since the TV appearance, and especially the centerfold spread, fan mail now pours in. People stand in line to meet Olivia Paige, like they did in Las Vegas last weekend.
She's stayed at the Playboy mansion, and rubbed shoulders with celebrities.
But Olivia's using her newfound fame to do good as well. She’s raising awareness about
childhood autism. She worked with autistic kids as a volunteer in high school.
Olivia still lives in Orleans County, traveling back and forth to appearances. She hopes the centerfold spread will lead to other things, like modeling and acting gigs.
“I'll try anything and see how it goes,” she said. “Hopefully, it will just open some more doors.”