Anna Nicole Smith (born Vickie Lynn Hogan on November 28, 1967 in Mexia, Texas) is a nude model and actress who gained popularity when appearing nude as PlayboyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s centerfold in June 1992 and later selected PlayboyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s playmate of the year for 1993. She later became a household name after marrying a Texas billionaire more than 60 years her senior, and for a number of bizarre public antics, such as those depicted on her own reality show.
In her early 20s, Smith worked at a variety of low-paying jobs while supporting her son Daniel. While working as an exotic dancer, she met oil billionaire J. Howard Marshall, who frequently patronized her place of work. With MarshallÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s money, Smith had cosmetic surgery to increase her breast size. She managed to land on the cover of the March 1992 issue of Playboy magazine as Ã¢â‚¬Å“Vickie SmithÃ¢â‚¬Â wearing a low-cut evening gown. This appearance secured her a contract to replace supermodel Claudia Schiffer in the Guess? jeans ad campaign. Smith then posed nude for Playboy as the June 1992 centerfold. Tall, blonde, and full-figured, Smith won comparisons to the voluptuous Marilyn Monroe and was chosen to be the 1993 Playmate of the Year. She finally settled on the name Ã¢â‚¬Å“Anna Nicole SmithÃ¢â‚¬Â by the time of her PMOY pictorial.