Playboy's Playmate Katariina Souri on Why She Chose to Retreat from Public Life

Rebelander Basilan
Jul 05, 2020
04:00 A.M.
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Katariina Souri was the Playboy's Playmate of the Month for December 1988. She has removed herself from public life after her brief Playboy career.


Souri, 51, shot to fame when she became Playboy's Playmate for December 1988 at 20 years old. Since then, she has stay away from the spotlight, changed her name, and concentrated on her enthusiasm for art and writing.

In an interview with, the model, who said that she also did some acting and even recorded an album, explained why she decided to retreat from public life.

Katariina Souri interviewed on World Book Day 2010 in Helsinki. | Photo: Wikimedia Commons



"My fame soared in Finland, but I found it stressful," Souri said. "Life started to get crazy -- I couldn't go anywhere without being recognized. Within two years or so I burned out."

Souri felt aimless. In any case, she was eager to remove herself from public life. She later chose to get married and have a family.

According to Souri, she became motivated to revive her affection for painting and writing after having her first kid.



She added that although her creative work has not made her wealthy, it has brought her a feeling of satisfaction. She pointed out that that is what's generally imperative to her.

Souri published novels and has additionally written memoirs. In her book, she opened up about her encounters with eating disorders and anxiety.

Souri insisted she has no regrets posing for Playboy.



Speaking about her Playboy past, Souri said that during her Playboy shoot in Los Angeles, she recalled "feeling awkward" with her outfit. She wore lace underwear and a garter belt.

Still, Souri insisted she has no regrets posing for Playboy. She explained that she does not think she would have had the career she would had if she were not a Playmate.


As reported by Fox News, she is currently living in Finland's countryside. Life for Souri hasn't changed much even with the COVID-19 pandemic. Much the same as some other time in her life, Souri still gardens and strolls around in the forest.

Souri was born as Minna Katariina Kärkkäinen in Helsinki, Finland on October 27, 1968, according to IMDb. She went to Stevens High School in Rapid City, SD.

Since September 2016, Souri has been married to Eliya Zweygberg. Previously, she was hitched to Johnny Lee Michaels, Anzi Destruction, and Janne Janhonen.


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