Playmate of the Year
American model Dalene Kurtis became known as Playboy Playmate of the
Month for September 2001 and Playmate of the Year for 2002.
The former insurance firm employee was reportedly dating ex-Backstreet Boy star Nick Carter in 2004.
Childhood and Family:
Dalene Kurtis was born on November 12, 1977, in Apple Valley,
California. She grew up as an only child in Bakersfield, California.
When she was younger, Dalene and her family enjoyed spending time
together exploring outdoor activities like hiking, fishing and camping.
Dalene worked at a local gym while attending business college.
Currently, Dalene lives in Beverly Hills, California. She has one son.
After college, Dalene Kurtis landed a job in an insurance firm, but
later quit after three and a half years to pursue a career in modeling.
In 2000, she entered and won a Venus Swimwear competition. She was
spotted by a good friend of Hugh Hefner while competing at the
Miss Hawaiian Tropic pageant and was invited to meet the Playboy boss
at the Playboy Mansion for his Sunday “Fun In The Sun” pool
party. Inspired by her experience at the party, she decided to leave
her job and moved to San Monica, California in January 2001 to pursue
her dreams. In Santa Monica, Kurtis landed a job modeling for Budweiser
Kurtis's career took flight when she became the Playboy Playmate of the
Month for September 2001. She went on to become Playboy Playmate of the
Year for 2002. With her title, Kurtis had the opportunity to host a
party in London for a 2002 World Cup
In 2003, Kurtis hosted the NOPI (Number One Parts, Incorporated)
Tunervision, an automotive show. It was followed by an appearance in a
special feature called “Tricking Out a Hot Import Car!”,
produced for a special edition of “The Fast and the Furious
Kurtis is a spokes model for the tanning salon chain Hollywood Tans.
Apart from modeling and hosting, Kurtis is a successful fashion designer and jewelry entrepreneur.