Lieko English (リエコ・イングリッシュ) (born June 3, 1947, in Okinawa, Japan) is an American model and actress. She is known for being Playboy’s Playmate of the Month for its June 1971 issue. She is also notable for having represented Okinawa in the Miss Universe contest in 1965. When she was 12 years old, she moved with her family from Okinawa to Oklahoma City. English was the first Japanese-born Playmate, the first American Playmate of Japanese ancestry, and the first hāfu Playmate.
She worked as a Bunny at the Playboy Club in Atlanta, Georgia. Lieko was the Playmate of the Month in the June, 1971 issue of “Playboy.” She was previously featured as one of the Bunnies of 1970, in the August 1970 issue of “Playboy,” and was once again featured as one of the Bunnies of 1972, in the October 1972 issue of “Playboy.” Moreover, Lieko English also worked as a Bunny at the Playboy Club in Chicago, Illinois and as a Jet Bunny on Hugh Hefner’s personal DC-9 plane.
English is also known as one of the earliest playmates who showed pubic hair.
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