Published On: Sat, Jun 27th, 2020

Playboy Model Says Being a Playmate Was ‘Insulting’

Former model Katariina Souri, who graced the pages of Playboy in 1988 at age 20, says she found it “insulting” to be a Playmate. It was not long after she found fame that Souri decided to escape the public eye, change her name and focus on pursuing her passion for writing and painting, and now she has opened up about her decision in an interview with

“I’m proud of being in Playboy, but it’s also stigmatizing,” Souri told the outlet. “When I became a writer, some people thought I wasn’t actually writing my own books. That was insulting to me. You can be talented and intelligent and also pose for Playboy.”

The novelty of the Finish author's newfound fame quickly wore off and she was left to pick up the pieces of a life that had been “turned upside down.” The pressure was too much and Souri said she struggled to cope.

“My fame soared in Finland, but I found it stressful. Life started to get crazy — I couldn’t go anywhere without being recognized. Within two years or so, I burned out,” she said.

Eager to move on from the fast-paced lifestyle, Souri settled down to start a family and to explore a career in writing and painting. The mother of two has since been married and divorced four times but her professional career has soared. She has published several novels as well as “self-help-style memoirs” which she hopes will help others overcome similar issues that she faced as a young model.

Things worked out the way they were meant to be and Souri said she would not change anything from her past.

“I’m really happy I posed for Playboy; I don’t think I would have had the career I’ve had if I weren’t a Playmate,” she said. “But I don’t think I’ll ever marry again. I’ve enjoyed settling into seclusion.”

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