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Monday, December 19, 2011

Flexible Venus 2: Kristine Winder

We have had quite a few messages of appreciation regarding our ballet dancer post so, encouraged by S in Vancouver, we will be putting more of these ladies up over the next few weeks.

In fact we had a Skype video call from S only two nights ago where she had put on a blue leotard and legwarmers and gave us an impressive stretch routine across cyberspace. She had drunk nearly a bottle of Quail's Gate Dry Reisling earlier so was particularly flexible.  Most diverting!

So what more appropriate subject for our next dancer than the lovely Kristine Winder from Vancouver who appeared as Playboy's Playmate of the Month in October 1977.

Her original pictorial contained four ballet pictures but we have tracked down some more including some different shots which appeared in French Playboy.

Kristine had spent seventeen years doing up to five hours dance training a day but given the then lack of artistic opportunity in the British Columbia city (it's still a bit light on classical arts compared with Toronto and Montreal - the Vancouver Art Gallery collection is pitiful, for example) she ended up as a receptionist.

She still looked nicely limber when she posed, at the age of 21, for the magazine. It's not possible to find out who took these dance photos as her pictorial had no less than four photographers: Mario Casilli (centrefold), Arny Freytag, Ken Honey and Ken Marcus.

The whole sequence is really a paean to the erotic charge of legwarmers, which work visually for exactly the same reason as stockings do but have the extra tactile quality of ribbed wool.

At 5'6" Kristine would have been rather tall for a ballerina and her 34-24-34 figure would have been rather curvier than the norm but Triple P thinks she had perfect proportions and looks superb in these pictures.

Legwarmers can have a truncating effect on the limbs but Kristine had such long legs that she still manages to look elegant in hers.

Usually Playboy used their Playmates' real names but Kristine Winder is a pseudonym as she didn't want her father to find out she had posed for the magazine. Unfortunately he did, as a number of crank, heavy breathing calls were made to people called Winder in Vancouver, trying to seek her out, and the press got hold of the story.

Sadly, Playboy reported in this year's June edition that Kristine had died earlier this year at the comparatively young age of 57.  We are happy to celebrate her loveliness and dance-schooled elegance here.


  1. FYI, although it's true that the Vancouver Art Gallery is rather smaller than others, it has a much more extensive collection, and may soon be moving to new, larger premises.

    Keep up the good work with all the Venuses!

  2. Magnificent. Thanks.

  3. I enjoyed the Emily Carr collection but I am not convinced by most of the modern art of the type the VAG displays. Good shop though!

  4. PS: One can see, though, Ms. "Winder's" misgiving about what she's doing--too bad. Mlle. Chatelier, in contrast, seems to have enjoyed flaunting her beauty. Society does too much messing-up of people's ability to take pleasure in life....

  5. Yes she looks totally glum in all her pictorial's photos, not just these.

  6. Supposedly she was an SFU student and so was I in October 1977. Her centerfold graced my dorm closet door. I always hoped to run into her ... but never did.

    Sad to think she is no longer with us.

  7. One of the most beautiful pictorials AND women ever to grace the pages of Playboy. It's VERY sad to think that she's no longer with us, although I still don't know the cause of her demise.


  8. She passed away due to breast cancer.

  9. I went to elementary and high school with her in south Vancouver. She was a person you'd least expect to see in Playboy.

  10. Kristine, was for me, one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen. I was totally heartbroken to find out she died, especially so young. Heaven needed her beauty more I guess.