Brittny Ward is the definition of versatile. A tall, willowy brunette from Sacramento, California, witty Brittny was born to a California Highway Patrol officer and a hairdresser – though her family was her center, she found her own nature split somewhere down the middle. “Growing up, I was a pretty busy kid,â€ she says. “I was a model, and I danced – jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop and lyrical. I also played volleyball. All of that on top of competing in pageants!â€ Miss Ward wore gowns and tiaras with the best of ‘em, but in the end, pageants just weren’t for her – more of a rocker and athlete, Brittny preferred to stay home and listen to the Stones. “I’m a Gemini, so I can be quiet and reserved, and I can be wild and fun,â€ she says. “Either way, I’m pretty mellow. Pageants are so not my personality.â€ Being a Playmate, however, serves Brittny very well – between her talent as a model and her fearless sensuality, we find our Miss January 2015 a woman after Playboy’s own heart. “I’m a humongous fan of 90’s supermodels,â€ she explains. “I’ve seen pictures of Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, and Kate Moss in Playboy. They aren’t just models – they’re icons – and looking at their photos, I decided that I wanted to be in Playboy too!â€ When she’s not in front of the camera, Brittny is just as adventurous – she loves the outdoors and classic, stadium-shaking rock, and says that skydiving is next on her list of risks to take. “Now that I’m a Playmate, I’ll have a lot more followers on Instagram,â€ she jokes. “But really, I think that being a Playmate is life-changing in such a great way. I’ll have so many new opportunities, and I’ll meet so many new people.â€ We sure are pleased to meet you, Brittny.