|Born||Rebekka Lynn Armstrong
February 20, 1967
Bakersfield, California, U.S.
|Playboy centerfold appearance|
|Preceded by||Ava Fabian|
|Succeeded by||Katherine Hushaw|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||110 lb (50 kg; 7.9 st)|
Rebekka Lynn Armstrong is an American HIV/AIDs activist and former model and bodybuilder. She was Playboy Playmate of the Month for September 1986. Eight years later, she was the first Playmate to publicly announce that she is HIV-positive.
Armstrong announced that she is HIV-positive in the September 1994 issue of The Advocate. She said that she had known she was infected since 1989, but spent two years after her diagnosis escaping into substance abuse. By the time of the publication of The Advocate article, she had come out as a lesbian and decided to educate others about HIV/AIDS, especially among lesbian and bisexual women. She said she was unsure of when she had contracted the virus, but might have as early as age 16. By the time she was interviewed in 1999 for AIDS Project Los Angeles she identified as bisexual and said she had been infected at 16 "to the best of my knowledge." A University of Toledo events notice in 2004 said that Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and the Playboy Foundation assisted Armstrong financially on her AIDS-awareness campaign, the College Campus Safer Sex education program.
In a 2013 speech to community college students in Spokane, Washington, Armstrong shared details about the early days of her illness, the aggressive AZT treatment that she endured, the good and bad times of that five-year period, and about her suicide attempt followed by a coma and a lengthy hospital stay.
In addition to her former career as a model and her current activism, Armstrong has also competed as a bodybuilder.
Bodybuilding contest history
- 2004 Muscle Beach (Venice Beach, CA) – 1st (LW & Overall)
- 2004 NPC Los Angeles Championship – 1st (MW)
- 2005 NPC Pittsburgh – 1st (MW & Overall)
- 2005 NPC Nationals – 12th (HW)
- 2009 NPC Los Angeles Championships - 1st (HW and overall)
- 2009 NPC USA Championships - 7th (LHW)
- Kort, Michele (September 6, 1994). "Portrait of a Centerfold". The Advocate (Sam Watters) (663): 41–48. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
- Forrest, Susan (November 1999). "A Bunny's Life". thebody.com. Remedy Health Media.
- Strunk, Jon (November 29, 2004). "HIV-Infected Playboy Playmate to Speak With UT Students About Safe Sex". http://utnews.utoledo.edu/ (Event calendar). University of Toledo. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
- Rogers, Adrian (October 29, 2013). "Former model, Playboy playmate raises HIV awareness". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). Retrieved September 24, 2014.
- "Rebekka Armstrong featured in Leadership Workshop Series Sept. 23". The University of Louisiana at Monroe. September 19, 2008. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
- Braun, Lori (November 18, 2010). "Rebekka Armstrong Gallery". femalemuscle.com. FemaleMuscle. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
- Rebekka Online - HIV/AIDS Activist
- Rebekka Armstrong on Twitter
- Profile of Armstrong at Positive Nation
- Rebekka Armstrong at the Internet Movie Database
- Rebekka Armstrong at Playboy Online