Congratulations are in order for German-born by way of Chicago international model Kennedy Summers. Yesterday, the former Miss December was crowned the 2014 Playboy Playmate of the Year. The announcement came during a private ceremony at the Playboy mansion, where Playboy creator, Hugh Hefner proudly announced the 27 year-old with the annual award. Summers joins a list of greatness, filled with several of the biggest models of all-time: Karen Velez, Jenny McCarthy, and last year’s Raquel Pomplun.

Kennedy fended off a lots of sexy competition for the Playmate title, this year’s selection process included sizzling models like Miss January Karina Marie, Miss March Ashley Doris, Miss September Bryiana Noelle and Miss August Val Keil. Hit the play and checkout the introduction visual brought to you by Playboy TV.

Kenney made her Playboy debut as the final Playmate of the Year as Miss December of 2013 and looks to close out her modeling career with the publication. Prior to making Playboy, Summers enjoyed a 12 year modeling career that she began at 15 and took her in front of the camera of photographers in Europe and Asia on all kinds of hot assignments. Until Playboy, she’d never posed nude before and makes a statement on her finale assignment before enlisting in medical school wanting to be Playboy. She says;

“I had decided I was done with modeling and thought becoming a Playmate would be the most amazing way to finish out my 12-year modeling career.”

Summers was honored during a special ceremony at the Playboy Mansion today. Hugh Hefner shared some photos from the soiree. “Today we celebrated Playmate Of The Year here at the Mansion. W #PMOY14 @misskennedys @cooperhefner & @crystalhefner,” he captioned one pic.

In excitment, Summer tweeted, “So happy to be #PMOY2014! Thank you to @Playboy @hughhefner @cooperhefner.”

Playboy celebrates it’s 60th anniversary this year and made the announcement of the latest selection in the annual Playmate of the Year via their Youtube channel. Playboy will be preparing its annual Playmate of the Year special edition issue for a later date release. More as the story develops.

Hours into her reign, Summers took place in a panel with fellow activists in Washington to discuss the U.S. health crisis on pornography. Also on the panel was Hugh Hefner’s son Cooper Hefner.

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