Ida Ljungqvist

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Ida Ljungqvist
Ida Ljungqvist 2 2010.jpg
Ida Ljungqvist in 2010.
Playboy centerfold appearance
March 2008
Preceded by Michelle McLaughlin
Succeeded by Regina Deutinger
Playboy Playmate of the Year
2009[1]
Preceded by Jayde Nicole
Succeeded by Hope Dworaczyk[2]
Personal details
Born (1981-09-27) 27 September 1981 (age 36)
Tanzania[1]
Measurements Bust: 32D[1]
Waist: 21
Hips: 35
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[1]
Weight 108 lb (49 kg; 7.7 st)

Ida Ljungqvist (born September 27, 1981) is a Tanzanian-Swedish model and is the first African-born person to be selected as a Playboy Playmate of the Month and the 50th Playmate of the Year.

Career[edit]

Ljungqvist at Playboy Event with Kara Monaco

She was discovered by 2007 Playmate of the Year Sara Jean Underwood at a bebe store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California.[3][4] She was named Playboy's Playmate of the Month for March 2008 and the 2009 Playmate of the Year. She is the first African-born and second Swedish model to be named a Playmate of the Year.[5] She is also the first Playmate of the Year to publicly dedicate her title to philanthropic work through non-profit charities and organizations. Ljungqvist co-hosted the Playboy New Year's Eve Party 2009 in Miami, Florida alongside several other playmates.[6]

Since being named Playmate of the Year, Ljungqvist has worked with Empowerment Works, a non-profit, global sustainability think-tank. Her work includes raising awareness about the organization and fundraising.[7][8]

Personal life[edit]

Ljungqvist was born in Tanzania to a Tanzanian mother and a Swedish father.[1][3] Due to her father's work for UNICEF, Ljungqvist traveled a great deal. She speaks English, Swedish, and Swahili.[4] Ljungqvist has a degree in fashion design and marketing, and plans to study economics.[3]

In December 2007, Ljungqvist married Joshua R. Lang. After 5 years together, Lang filed for divorce in September 2008. In November 2008, MSNBC reported a custody struggle between them over their pet Chihuahua.[3]

In May 2009 she was sued by Katrina Kantner who claimed that Ljungqvist received $90,000 from Kantner's ex-husband, Doug, during a period of time when he neglected his $10,000 monthly child support payments. Kantner dropped the lawsuit in November of that same year.[9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Playmate listing". Retrieved March 31, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Playboy Goes 3-D". Archived from the original on May 15, 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Playboy bunny fights for her Chihuahua". MSNBC. 2008-11-14. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  4. ^ a b "Playboy". 55 (3). Chicago Illinois, USA: Playboy Enterprises. March 2008: 74. ISSN 0032-1478. Playmate of the Year Sara Jean Underwood wasn't shopping for talent when she walked into Bebe in Beverly Hills, but in 26-year-old sales specialist Ida (pronounced "EE-duh") Ljungqvist she spotted a must-have item.  |first1= missing |last1= in Editors list (help)
  5. ^ "Ida Ljungqyist is chosen Playmate of the Year". Vegas Deluxe. 2009-05-02. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  6. ^ "Ultimate New Years Eve Party Guide". Retrieved 2009-01-13. 
  7. ^ "Empowerment Works". Retrieved June 16, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Hugh Hefner announces Playmate of the Year in Las Vegas". Retrieved June 16, 2009. 
  9. ^ Staff, TMZ. "Playmate DOESN'T Steal from Children". TMZ. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  10. ^ Staff. "Playmate Victory: Woman's Lawsuit Against Playboy Centerfold of the Year Dropped". City News Service via http://www.finksteinberg.com. Retrieved 26 December 2013.  External link in |publisher= (help)

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