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Showing posts with label Hawaiian Venuses. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hawaiian Venuses. Show all posts

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Birthday Venus: Lourdes Ann Kananimanu Estores

Today is Agent Triple P's birthday.  Not many famous people share this birth date with Triple P but one who does is the luscious Lourdes Ann Kananimanu Estores who was Playboy's Playmate of the Month for June 1982.  This picture of her (above) is one of our all time favourite Playmate pictures of the eighties.  Fluffy!

The nineteenth of twenty children (!) she worked as an assistant for a politician in her home state of Hawaii, then was a stewardess on Delta airlines for more than a decade and was selected to be a torch bearer for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic torch relay.  She is two years older than Agent Triple P.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Non-centrefold Venus of the Month 9: Sydney Bradford, May 1977

Well, we have just managed to squeeze in our non-centrefold of the month for May in the actual month itself, for a change.

Here we have Miss Sydney Bradford from Penthouse's May 1977 issue which featured Pet of the Month Valerie Rae Clark on the cover. Sydney, by rights should have appeared in the June UK edition but for some reason her appearance was delayed until the August issue.

Sydney first appears down at the beach, although which beach we are not told.

Next Sydney is depicted all jungeliciously.  Triple P doesn't know much about plants so can't tell if this is bamboo or sugar cane.  Bamboo we would guess.

About all we learn about Sydney is that she was born on Hawaii (which she may or may not have been), that she was five foot five inches tall and 35-22-35; both of which could be true.

Sydney is one of those girls who appeared once in Penthouse but then disappears.  She has a distinctive face but we don't think we have seen her in another magazine of the period.

This was the third of Patrick T Barnes three pictorials for Penthouse between June 1976 and May 1977.  Again, we have been able to find nothing about him either.  It could have been an alias for one of the other regular photographers of course.

Here is Sydney with very big seventies sunglasses.  We like these sunlit ones as she looks nicely toasted.  Whether she is baking on a chair, in the jungle or by the coast her hair is always immaculate, however.

Even for 1977 this one is quite racy as there hadn't been a whole lot of labia touching in the magazine to date.

Lastly Sydney takes fifteen minutes of her life, sadly.  Despite this we like Sydney and wish she had done more modelling.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Hawaiian Venus: Nelia Cozza

Exotica for the winter

Well, its another cold and bleak day in Britain's answer to Beverly Hills.  Apparently, our winter so far is the coldest in Britain since 1683 and we are now on course to have our coldest winter for 1,000 years!  The whole of December had a below freezing average temperature.

Nelia gets touched up for her shell-hugging shot in the sea

In which case what we need is one of our regular trips to the South Seas to warm ourselves up.   So here, from  1980, is Nelia Cozza, a part Filipina girl photographed in Hawaii.

Nelia, looking rather magnificent in 1979

Nelia had appeared on the cover of Oui magazine the previous year, in April 1979, but she returned as the centrefold in this February 1980 offering.

Oui magazine, which was supposed to be Playboy's answer to the naughtier Penthouse was struggling financially at this time and within  less than two years Hugh Hefner would quietly sell it off.

Still, for a decade, from its first issue in 1972, it would present some peerless photographs of some of the most beautiful women in the world taken by some of the top photographers in the world.

Jeff Dunas does Brian May of Queen

On photographic duty for this pictorial was big-haired lensman Jeff Dunas who took, part Filipina, part Cuban, Nelia to a private island in Hawaii for her centrefold shoot.

Dunas and Nelia go boating

Dunas was born in Los Angeles in 1954 and started working on Penthouse in the Seventies; contributing his first pictorial, a boy/girl set, for the April 1973 issue.  Two months later he shot his first Pet of the Month, Paula Francis for the June 1973 issue.

Off to the island

He would continue to shoot regularly for Penthouse for the next five years before moving on to other magazines.  Dunas never shot a centrefold for Playboy but did work for Playboy Germany. He would take photographs for a number of men's magazines but now he doesn't mention this aspect of his career on his website, concentrating instead on the artier magazines he worked on in the eighties.  Many of these were French, as he was splitting his time between Los Angeles and Paris.

Dunas and Nelia on the rocks

During most of the eighties he was involved in publishing; setting up his own company to issue photographic books but he returned to fashion, commercial and fine art photography in 1989.  He is now mostly known for his portraits of actors and musicians 

Nelia is stranded as Dunas searches for a good vantage point

He is also the father of actress Alexa Davalos, most recently seen as Andromeda in Clash of the Titans (2010).  

This rather splendid photograph of Nelia also featured on the contents page of Oui magazine that month.  Below we can see Dunas setting up the shot.

Dunas and Nelia spent all day on the small island shooting this pictorial, which they had waded across to earlier, but then the tide came in and they got cut off from the land and had to be rescued by some crab fishermen.

Still, the results are suitably tropical with twenty year old Nelia complementing the Hawaiian scenery very nicely.

Nelia was a Bunny girl at the Playboy club in Los Angeles.  She appeared in a pop video for a song called Belly of the Whale by a group called Burning Sensations in 1982 and also had a brief appearance in a 1986 film called Hell Hunters starring Stewart Granger (!), Maud Adams and George Lazenby (yes, he did make other films!).

Nelia climbs a rope ladder for the music video for Belly of the Whale by Burning Sensations

By 1980 Oui had become much less explicit than it had been in the late seventies so Nelia's pictorial is comparatively modest compared with what Penthouse was doing at the time.

Even so, we still get some lovely tropical, island girl bush on display.

Although, unlike its parent magazine Playboy, we don't get to know much about the lives of their centrefolds Oui does inform us that Nelia was 34-24-35.

She has a nicely soft-looking bust which is displayed to great effect in a number of these pictures.

Nelia sets off the Hawaiian scenery very nicely and, even though she is not a local, gives off the right sort of South Seas island vibe.

Lovely smile!

Dressing to impress

So, if you are suffering from horrible winter weather, put on some Arthur Lyman music and make yourself a ridiculous cocktail like the Blue Hawaii so you can drink to the tropical loveliness of Miss Cozza.  

In fact, the Blue Hawaii was created in 1957 by a barman at the Kaiser Hawaiian Village resort (now the Hilton Hawaiian Village) where Lyman, who played in the resort's Shell Bar, recorded most of his albums.  The bartender who created the drink, Harry Kee, was asked to do so by a representative of Bols who had just launched their new Blue Curacao liqueur.  So its Tiki credentials are impeccable!

Interestingly, one of our readers has pointed out that the star field in the old video game Star Castle was modelled on the outline of Nelia here in her centrefold shot.  The management at the producer, Cinematronics, were about to recall all 5000 copies of the game that had already been shipped until they realised that there was no way you could identify Nelia's body by looking at the stars in the game.   Still, nice to know it was there!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Hawaiian Venus: Tia Carrere

Agent DVD enjoys a trashy TV series, particularly if it features attractive women in skimpy clothing, so he was delighted to be able to pick up all three series of nineties Tomb Raider clone Relic Hunter in HMV sale in Toronto at the weekend.

Relic Hunter cast: Christien Anholt, Tia Carrere and Lindy Booth

A totally shamelss rip-off of the Tomb Raider computer game (it actually pre-dates the films with Angelina Jolie), with a lot of Indiana Jones thrown in too, it ran from 1999 until 2002. Each episode features some relic (not necessarily an ancient one) and starts with a scene setting (and incredibly cheap looking) flashback. We then cut to Tia Carrere as one of the least convincing professors in TV and film history (well, alright, Denise Richards was worse in The World is not Enough (1999)) in her office at American University, Trinity College (in reality the exteriors were all filmed at the University of Toronto) who then has to travel somehwere exotic to find said relic at the request of a museum, CIA, secret organisation etc, etc. Oddly Tia always wore glasses when she was in professor mode but not out in the field. Anyway, just the sort of utter mindless nonsense that Triple P enjoys after a day of trying to sort out confused foreign governments.

Talking of which, the key thing about Relic Hunter is that it is not a Hollywood series. It isn't even a Hollywood series filmed in Canada, It was actually a Canadian/UK co-production. Later there was a tie-up with French TV company Gaumont which led to some later episodes being filmed in France and Italy which made it look a bit more expensive than it was.

Gratuitous Tia rear-end in mud shot

Tia Carrere plays Prof Sydney Fox (honestly!) and has a clueless British sidekick played by Christien Anholt (son of Howard's Way slimeball Tony) playing Hugh Grant. There is also a ditzy blonde secretary. But all this and its dodgy history (sorry, Cuzco was an Inca city not an Aztec city) are irrelevant compared with the real point of the show which was to show Tia Carrere; flashing her (not that impressive) cleavage, in her lingerie, wearing tight shorts, in wet clothes and, our favourite, in tight vests, as often as possible. In fact, the main fun of the show was spotting each gratuitous Tia shot (we're sure you could turn it into a drinking game) in every episode.

Hawaiian born Tia once said that she wasn't very keen on taking her clothes off for the camera but fortunately had a change of heart for Playboy in January 2001. Good for her; it wasn't like the recent Kelly Brook pictorial, and so typical of Playboy's celebrity pictorials, where the celebrity doesn't flash more than her bust.

Tia (real name Althea Rae Duhinio Janairo), who is now 43, was born in Honolulu and, apart from acting, has also made a number of albums in which she sings in Hawaiian. One of them, Ikena, actually won a Grammy award in 2009.

Whilst Tia is a lovely girl she doesn't always photograph well and can sometimes look a bit cross-eyed. However, Playboy got the best of her and she looks like a classic South Seas beauty in these pictures.

She would certainly fit nicely into Agent Triple P's South Seas scenario and would be just what he would want to find under the mosquito net after a long flying boat journey from San Francisco.

Definitely one of Playboy's better celebrity pictorials

Now all we need is some relaxing steel guitar music: pre-electric, of course!