Susie Owens

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Susie Owens
Playboy centerfold appearance
March 1988
Preceded byKari Kennell
Succeeded byEloise Broady
Personal details
Born (1956-05-28) May 28, 1956 (age 63)
Arkansas City, Kansas, US
MeasurementsBust: 35"
Waist: 25"
Hips: 35"
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight117 lb (53 kg; 8.4 st)

Susie Diane Owens (born May 28, 1956) is an American model and businesswoman. She was featured as Playboy's Playmate of the Month for March 1988. From 1988 to 2016, she worked in the perfume business, creating the fragrances Child for women and Heir for men.

Early life and education[edit]

Owens was born on May 28, 1956 in Arkansas City, Kansas,[1] and raised in Oklahoma.[2] She obtained a nursing degree and worked in Dallas as a model and stripper.[2]

Career[edit]

Model and actress[edit]

In 1983 Owens appeared in her first Playboy pictorial.[2] She was featured as Playboy's Playmate of the Month for March 1988, when she was 31.[2][3] Afterwards, she moved to Los Angeles, living in the Playboy Mansion. She dated rock star Bret Michaels and worked as a B-movie actress.[2][3][4]

Owens also worked as a mascot for the Golden Apple Comics stores, playing Flaxen, a blonde nurse who becomes a superhero and fights crime.[5][6] Her portrayal of Flaxen served as the basis for the 1992 comic book of the same name,[7] which was written by James Hudnall, pencilled by Brian Michael Bendis, and inked by David W. Mack,[8] as well as the 1995 sequel Flaxen: Alter Ego.[2][9]

Perfume business[edit]

In 1988, Owens experimented with perfume supplies, creating the fragrance she would later call "Child". She began to wear it herself, and then to bottle small batches for sale in Fred Segal's Apothia and other boutiques.[2][10] Following the 1994 Northridge earthquake and the death of her father, Owens decided to give up her career at Playboy and return to Dallas.[2] She worked as a nurse in a plastic surgery practice, while continuing to sell perfume on the side under the name Susan D. Owens.[2][10]

In 2000, the actress Jennie Garth told InStyle magazine that Child "drives men wild", causing a sharp increase in demand.[2][3] Owens left her nursing job and began making fragrances full-time. In addition to Child, she developed the men's scent Heir.[11] She blended and bottled the products by hand in her garage;[2][3] by 2006, she was producing 50,000 bottles of Child perfume and lotion per year.[10] Child acquired a cult following, with celebrities such as Madonna and Jennifer Aniston reportedly using it.[3] A reporter for the lifestyle magazine 360 West characterised Child as "a heady white jasmine-based fragrance".[3] In 2013, a 1-ounce bottle cost almost US$100.[2] Owens sold the business in 2016 to the cosmetics retailer Beautyhabit.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Owens is divorced and has one daughter.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Susie Owens". Playboy. Archived from the original on February 17, 2015. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Dallas perfumer, a former Playboy centerfold, finds her calling in handcrafted scent". Dallas News. October 12, 2013. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Figueiredo, Tiffany (July 2009). "The Rise Of A Cult-Fave Perfume". 360 West. pp. 46–47. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  4. ^ Brendan, McNally (January 2010). "Q&A With Susan D. Owens". D Magazine. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  5. ^ Hilliard, Gloria (April 23, 1993). 'Flaxen' Comic Book Character Mirrors Creator's Life. CNN – via LexisNexis.
  6. ^ Bibisi, Suzan (April 14, 1993). "Frumpy Nurse Now Superhero – A living wonder woman and Playboy pinup". San Francisco Chronicle – via NewsBank.
  7. ^ Herrick, Lynn (November 22, 1994). "Comic books discover the real super woman". Orange County Register. Retrieved November 10, 2019 – via LexisNexis.
  8. ^ Kreiner, Rich (March 23, 2012). "5,137 Pages of Brian Michael Bendis". The Comics Journal. Archived from the original on March 23, 2012. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  9. ^ Hudnall, James (January 31, 2010). "Bibliography". jameshudnall.com.
  10. ^ a b c Mitchell, Keri (September 1, 2006). "Susan Owens Q&A". Advocate: Lakewood/East Dallas. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  11. ^ Walter, Sarah (December 20, 2014). "Not a Perfume Person? Try Fragrance Oils". InStyle. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  12. ^ Osinski, Nichole (November 11, 2016). "Child perfume owner sells business". Advocate: Lakewood/East Dallas. Retrieved November 10, 2019.

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