Anna Nicole: The Cover Girl
PLAYBOY: MARCH 1992
Smith landed on the cover of Playboy for the first time in March '92 – looking like a cross between a naughty debutante and a high-society socialite. "The people in (Texas) won't believe it when these pictures of me hit the newsstands, because I was considered a goody-two-shoes nerd back in high school," she said in her Playmate profile.
After her appearance on Playboy's cover, the then-25-year-old Smith was signed as a spokesmodel by Guess jeans CEO Paul Marciano. "I didn't know what Guess jeans were," she says. "I just shopped at Wal-Mart and Kmart and stuff like that." Her substantial Guess earnings enabled Smith to hire a nanny to help care for then-7-year-old-son Daniel and buy a four-bedroom home in Houston, three horses and two cars, PEOPLE reported at the time.
The voluptuous Smith, who stood 5'11" and weighed 155 lbs., made a splash in the fashion world when she scored the coveted Guess contract, a job previously held by Claudia Schiffer. "She brings back visions of Hollywood glamour," Guess photographer Daniela Federici said at the time. "We haven't seen that kind of charisma since Marilyn Monroe."
"I finally feel like I'm becoming somebody," Smith said of becoming a spokesmodel. "I really think like I can do something." And she also had her eyes on the silver screen. "I just know I'm going to be an actress. I want it so bad," she told PEOPLE in 1993.
PLAYBOY: JUNE 1993
Wearing nothing more than a towel and a come-hither look, Smith graced the cover of the men's magazine as Playmate of the Year and channeled classic Hollywood sex symbols like Jayne Mansfield and Brigitte Bardot.
PLAYBOY: FEB. 1994
Men everywhere got a very red-hot Valentine from the buxom blonde, who was the issue's sexy centerfold. "As she said herself, 'I love the camera.' And it loved her," writes Playboy photo editor Gary Cole in a tribute to Smith on the magazine's Web site.
PLAYBOY: FEB. 2001
Seven years after her last cover, Smith returned as Playboy's $450,000,000 Playmate. Curvaceous in a pink satin gown and dripping in diamonds, Smith paid tribute to her idol, Marilyn Monroe, in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.