'Girls Next Door,' Pamela Anderson, Kim Kardashian and More Mourn Hugh Hefner
A number of former Playboy models including Kendra Wilkinson, Pamela Anderson, Kim Kardashian and more have paid their respects to Hugh Hefner on social media and abroad following the magazine mogul's death.
"Hef changed my life," Wilkinson said of the Playboy founder while speaking with E! News.
"He made me the person I am today. I couldn't be more thankful for our friendship and our time together. I will miss him so much but he will be in my heart forever," she continued. Wilkinson dated Hefner and starred on the E! reality series The Girls Next Door alongside Hefner's other girlfriends at the time, Holly Madison and Bridget Marquardt.
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"So sad but forever grateful for all the wonderful memories and amazing experiences #RIPHef #Playboy," Marquardt wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of herself with Hefner.
Anderson, who appeared on the cover of Playboy 14 times, penned a lengthy tribute to Hefner on Instagram whom she credited with encouraging her to be herself.
"I am me because of you. You taught me everything important about freedom and respect. Outside of my family you were the most important person in my life. You gave me life," Anderson wrote alongside a video of herself crying on her bed. "Thank you for making the world a better place. A freer and sexier place," she continued.
Goodbye #Hef Mr Hefner I have so many thoughts, I have no brain n right now to edit I am me because of you You taught me everything important about freedom and respect. Outside of my family You were the most important person in my life. You gave me my life... People tell me all the time That I was your favorite... I'm in such deep shock. But you were old, your back hurt you so much. Last time I saw you You were using a walker. You didn't want me to see. You couldn't hear. You had a piece of paper in your pocket you showed me - with my name Pamela with a heart around it. Now, I'm falling apart. This feeling is so crazy. It's raining in Paris now. I'm by the window. Everything anyone loves about me is because you understood me. Accepted me and encouraged me to be myself. Love like no one else. Live recklessly With unfiltered abandon. You said the magazine was about a girl like me. That I embody the spirit you fantasized about. I was the one. You said. I can hear you say - Be brave. There are no rules. Live your life I'm proud of you. There are no mistakes. And with men - Enjoy ... (Your wonderful laugh) You have the world by the tail You are a good girl And you are so loved - You are not crazy. You are wild and free Stay strong, Stay vulnerable. ... "It's movie time" You loved my boys ... You were always, always there for us. With your love Your crazy wisdom. I will miss your everything. Thank you for making the world a better place. A freeer and sexier place. You were a gentleman charming, elegant, chivalrous And so much fun. Goodbye Hef ... Your Pamela 💋
Kardashian, meanwhile, shared her thoughts regarding Hefner on Twitter writing, "RIP to the legendary Hugh Hefner! I'm so honored to have been a part of the Playboy team! You will be greatly missed! Love you Hef! Xoxo."
RIP to the legendary Hugh Hefner! I’m so honored to have been a part of the Playboy team! You will be greatly missed! Love you Hef! Xoxo
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) September 28, 2017
"RIP #Hef Thank you for being a revolutionary and changing so many people's lives, especially mine. Thank you for choosing me to be one of your bunnies. I hope I made you proud. I will forever be grateful," McCarthy wroteon Instagram alongside a photo of a Playboy magazine she appeared on.
"I am so grateful I had the opportunity to shoot many Playboy celebrity pictorials with u Hef," Electra captioned a photo of herself and Hefner on Instagram. "Thank u for picking me and Bringing me into the magical world of Playboy ! I just can't stop crying and I can't imagine how many bunnies are crying for u too. U are a class act and I will always have gratitude for your kindness."
"He was a #Legend, innovator, genius, one of a kind with a heart of gold. We had so many fun & incredible memories together. I will miss him dearly. Rest In Peace my friend," added Hilton who shared a photo of herself next to Hefner while wearing the magazine's iconic Playboy bunny outfit.
"It was an absolute honor to be chosen as the first female rapper to make the cover of playboy magazine. May your legacy live on. Rest In Peace #hughhefner," Banks said alongside a photo of the Playboy magazine she appeared on.
Hefner died Wednesday of natural causes at the age of 91.
By Wade Sheridan
Originally published in UPI Entertainment News.