You were always more analytical than the average girl. When your pre-teen friends were giggling about horses and the latest boy bands, you were acing math and selling more Girl Scout Cookies than all of them combined. You went to a good college, got into a top ten business school, and for all your hard work, you landed a hot, well-paying job on Wall Street.

Too bad it was for Lehman Brothers.

But your entrepreneurial spirit hasn't left you. And because you're still under 35 and keep in good shape, Playboy wants to talk to you.


That's right. Playboy Magazine. Hugh Hefner's iconic magazine full of airbrushed nymphs who are turned on by puppy dogs and fast cars is looking for 20 good women. Women who are currently, or (more likely these days) recently laid off from jobs on Wall Street, for a Women of Wall Street photo spread

It's putting out a casting call for women, preferably those in senior financial positions, who think they're worthy of its airbrush. Potential models must be able to prove that they have indeed been employed on the Street, and that they're at least 18 years old.

Not sure how the magazine plans on getting the details of the casting call out to this group of women, who are a tad more cerebral than your average Bunny-type and probably don't run in the same circles. (They're reading the Economist instead of Variety) But at least the age restriction shouldn't be a problem. I don't know too many senior execs who are under 18. (Although Hef can dream, can't he?)

The idea sprang up, so to speak, with the recent financial meltdown. And it's not the first time Playboy has tarted up the buttoned-down gals of the Street. It ran a Women of Wall Street feature 20 years ago that was a huge newsstand seller. It also ran a "Women of Enron" photo spread and a "Women of WorldCom" feature. No word on how those did.

It's nice of them to think of employing these gals, who, after all, got to where they were based on assets other than their T&A. And lucky them; the Tina Fey look is in this year. But I'm not sure what the upside is. Models who are chosen for this upcoming feature, which will run in the February 2009 issue, will receive a fee depending on a number of variables, but in all likelihood it won't be anywhere near as big as their last bonus.

"The reason they do this is because they want the attention, the opportunity, the experience of doing this," Playboy's photo editor told the media. "It's not really for the money."

I'm thinking a lot of Wall Street Executives might think twice, however, before donning lingerie for Playboy. While they might take a hot picture, I don't know that such, er, exposure, will help them land their next job in the financial industry.

Or maybe it will. It's still an Old Boy's network out there.

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