411mania Interview: Playboy Miss January Heather Knox
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 12.23.2011
411's Steve Gustafson sits down with Heather Know, Playboy's Miss January! Heather opens up about her pictorial, how her life has changed, and what's the future hold for her in this exclusive interview!
Since I started interviewing Playboy Playmates I've learned that most of them are regular, down-to-Earth beautiful ladies who happen to be featured in one of the most recognizable magazines on the planet! No where is that more apparent than with Playboy's Miss January 2012, Heather Knox!
Heather was a pleasure to speak with and her enthusiasm and awe from becoming Miss January were obvious during the interview. Not only that, she knows her NFL Football! This Indiana native was kind enough to talk to me about her experience with the photoshoot, what's next, and her thoughts on the Colt's season!
Steve Gustafson: Hey Heather! Thanks again for taking a few minutes to chat! Let's get right into and talk about your modelling experience!
Heather Knox: Modelling. I worked at Hooters for about 6 years and I never really thought about modelling but they came to me, the management, and asked me to submit some photos for the Hooters Calendar. So I did and I went through different cuts to narrow that down. I ended up in the 2009-2010 calendar in a bikini. Really that was the only modelling work I've ever done. Afterwards I looked at myself in the photos and was like, "Wow! It doesn't even look like me! I'm really photogenic!" (Laughs) I knew since about 18, 19 that it was a dream of mine to have some sort of affiliation with Playboy so I put two and two together! I was online and I saw that they were holding a casting call in Columbus, Ohio so I decided to check it out. They called me to do a test shoot and now I'm a Centerfold in Playboy! (Laughs)
Steve Gustafson: (Laughs) You make it all sound so simple! A, B, C! OK, so you went to the Casting Call, did the test shoot, found out you'd be Miss January. Who was the first person you called to share the good news?
Heather Knox: My grandma! My grandparents! They mean the world to me and my grandma has been my best friend. She knew how much it meant to me and she was just as excited as I was! They were very excited for me!
Steve Gustafson: That's awesome! It's really cool because whenever I ask that question, more often than not, I hear it was to a family member. That's great you have that support. So what about the shoot? Were you nervous?
Heather Knox: Well, there were two different shoots. The first is the test shoot where we find out if Hef wants you to be a Playmate. That was the one I was most nervous for. It was the first time I went to Playboy Studios for the shoot. The first hour was the most nerve-wracking being naked in front of the camera. But after 10, 15 minutes the staff is so professional and they make you feel so comfortable that you forget that you're naked! (Laughs) It was a lot less never-wracking than I thought it was going to be. I forgot I was naked, which is kind of scary! (Laughs)
Steve Gustafson: (Laughs) I can only imagine. OK, so how has your life changed since becoming Miss January?
Heather Knox: It's definitely changed but not a whole lot. I'm sure it's going to in the weeks to come. I've been a lot busier and have traveled a lot more. I'm still in shock, to be honest. (Laughs) It's all happening so fast for me. But it hasn't changed a whole lot. When I open the magazine and I see myself naked; it just came out last week so I know it's going to very soon!
I live in Indiana. I live in a city but it's not a huge city. I'm really family oriented and kind of a homebody; I don't go out a lot. I haven't gotten too much attention when I go out to the bars. No one has come up and said, "OHMYGOSH! CONGRATULATIONS!" So not a whole lot. Yet. (Laughs)
Steve Gustafson: Just wait! Now I read that you recently hosted the Playboy Comedy Show at The Lounge at The Palms Casino Resort. How was that? Was that harder than posing naked?
Heather Knox: (Laughs) I've always thought of myself as a very outgoing person. I'm not shy at all and I can talk to strangers pretty well. But walking on that stage, with the spotlight on me, I clammed up! (Laughs) I was shaking, sweating, I thought I was going to vomit! (Laughs) That was way more nerve-wracking than posing for Playboy! I did couple of performances. My first was on Thursday and my last was on Saturday. By then I was a little more comfortable. I mean, I'm pretty witty! People laugh at me! But in front of the crowd, with the spotlight, any humor you think you might have is out the window! (Laughs) I forgot my name when I walked up there! (Laughs)
Steve Gustafson: (Laughs) That's too funny! I read that you're a football fan. More specifically a Colts fan. What are your thoughts about their season?
Heather Knox: I'm a Colts fan when they are doing good and I'm a Colts fan when they are doing bad. It's sad to see them go from being a really good team to a horrible team all without one player but it's a learning experience for the team. But next year we'll have a returning Peyton Manning and hopefully Andrew Luck. So we'll have better luck next year.
Steve Gustafson: Spoken like a true fan! OK, I know you're busy now but do you have a show that you must watch?
Heather Knox: I'm not a huge TV watcher but I do enjoy Burn Notice. I am a big entertainment and celebrity gossip fan so I watch E!, MTV, lots of celebrity related shows. But as far as sitcom, season programs, Burn Notice.
Steve Gustafson: Gotcha. How about movies?
Heather Knox: Now I love movies! I'm a huge movie fans and go out to see them on the regular! I thought Horrible Bosses was hilarious! (Laughs)
Steve Gustafson: Yeah it was! Very cool. OK, so you are getting new fans all the time. Where's the best place for them to follow you and your latest adventures?
Heather Knox: I don't have a website yet but I'm on Twitter and Facebook. On Twitter they can find me at @MissFortKnox and on Facebook I have a fan page at www.facebook.com/MissJanuary2012!
Steve Gustafson: Very good. I'm sure plenty of readers will head over there. So what's going on for New Year's Eve?
Heather Knox: I'll be hosting the Official Playboy New Year's Eve Celebration in Chicago at the Hilton! I'm so excited! It will be me and 7 other beautfiul Playmates! Make sure to get your tickets!
Steve Gustafson: That's right! Go get your TICKETS before they sell out! What's 2012 got in store for Heather Knox?
Heather Knox: I'm just riding the wave, taking it one day at a time! It's been an amazing year and 2012 is going to be awesome! I want to work hard, do a lot of city appearances, meet as many of my fans as possible, and do as much promoting for Playboy as I can! I'm so excited for the Super Bowl this year since it's in Indianapolis! I'm so pumped for that week! Oh! One thing I do want to do is take a vacation to somewhere tropical! (Laughs)
Steve Gustafson: That's a perfect way to end it! Thanks again Heather! Happy holidays, congratulations, and all the best to you!
Heather Knox: Thank you! You too!
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