The stars of The Girls Next Door

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PHOTO: The stars of The Girls Next Door were reality television favourites. Photos: @hollymadison/Instagram, @crystalhefner/Twitter, @bridgetmarquardt/Instagram, @kendrawilkinson/Instagram

  • New documentary series Secrets of Playboy alleges that life in the Playboy Mansion was not all sweetness and light for the young stars of The Girls Next Door
  • From ghost podcasts to real estate investments, to arrests for fighting each other, life has moved on for the former Playboy Playmates since Hugh Hefner’s death in 2017

The long-antiquated “Playboy bunnies” became an unlikely cultural phenomenon once again back in the noughties, when Hugh Hefner invited viewers inside the Playboy Mansion in the The Girls Next Door, also known as The Girls of the Playboy Mansion.

The late Hefner’s harem of blonde girlfriends became famous to a new generation thanks to the E! reality show, which ran for six seasons from 2005 to 2009, with fans hooked on the jet-setting lives and wild partying of the Playmates.

Kendra Wilkinson

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The show highlighted the feuds and friendships between Hefner’s three main live-in girlfriends – Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson – with Crystal Harris (who later married Hefner) joining the fold.

Life in the mansion has taken on a different light over the past decade and thanks to the newly released docuseries Secrets of Playboy. We have learned that the glamour hid a toxic and misogynistic lifestyle that oversexualized the young models.

Holly Madison, Hugh Hefner, Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson arrive at the 2008 Fox Reality Channel Really Awards in Los Angeles. Photo: AP
Holly Madison, Hugh Hefner, Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson arrive at the 2008 Fox Reality Channel Really Awards in Los Angeles. Photo: AP

Despite this, some of Playboy magnate Hefner’s loyal fans still claim that these women knew better and should not blame the magazine magnate, who died in 2017 aged 91. Hefner’s son Cooper recently also tweeted that the salacious story was nothing more than “a case study of regret becoming revenge”.

So, what have the former Playmates been up to since the show, which of the housemates are still friends, and are there any new dramas?

Kendra Wilkinson

The former Playboy Playmate has stayed on reality television. Photo: @kendrawilkinson/Instagram
The former Playboy Playmate has stayed on reality television. Photo: @kendrawilkinson/Instagram

The third original cast member of The Girls Next Door is known for her outspoken personality and that infamous feud with Holly Madison.

After living in the mansion for five years, Wilkinson left Playboy and found long-running television gigs. She had her own spin-off series Kendra (2009-2011), Kendra on Top (2012-2017) with her ex-husband, NFL player and businessman Hank Baskett.

Kendra Wilkinson in Kendra Sells Hollywood. Photo: @kendrawilkinson/Instagram
Kendra Wilkinson in Kendra Sells Hollywood. Photo: @kendrawilkinson/Instagram

She now stars in Kendra Sells Hollywood (2021) on Discovery+, which chronicles her current life as a real estate agent.

Speaking to People on her new adventure last year, the 36-year-old television star said that co-parenting “was a rough start for me to get used to it” and she is ready to date again. “I want to explore that other side of me, and I hope to find love again. I want to fill my home with someone else’s energy. It will be nice to have that again.”

Wilkinson poses with her daughter Alijah. Photo: @kendrawilkinson/Instagram
Wilkinson poses with her daughter Alijah. Photo: @kendrawilkinson/Instagram

Wilkinson doesn’t appear on the new docu-series and seems to have left her life at the mansion behind for good. She currently lives with her children, Alijah and Hank.

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