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Playboy launched careers for many young stars who went on to gain success in the film, literary and fashion industries. Surprisingly, not all of these up and coming celebs actually posed for the risque magazine back in the day. These are nine stars who got their start in Playboy. Some may be obvious, while others on this list will shock you.

1. Anna Nicole Smith

The Texas native first gained popularity in Playboy, winning the 1993 Playmate of the Year. Anna Nicole went on to have a modeling career, working with Guess, H&M, Heatherette, Lane Bryant & Conair. She also starred in films like Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult, To the Limit and Skyscraper. Smith had her own reality show, The Anna Nicole Show and served as a spokeswoman for TrimSpa, before her untimely passing.

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2. Kendra Wilkinson

Wilkinson is best known for being one of Hugh Hefner’s three girlfriends and starring on the E! reality television series The Girls Next Door. Surprisingly, Kendra was never named a Playboy Playmate, although she was featured in the magazine in 2008, gracing the cover with her Girls Next Door cast mates. Kendra left the Playboy mansion following her marriage to professional football player Hank Baskett. Kendra has gone on to star in two of her own reality shows – Kendra and Kendra on Top, and is currently competing on Marriage Boot Camp with her husband.

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