From Russia with love comes seductive Playmate Irina Voronina. Hailing from provincial Dzerzhinsk, she’s tall – 5’9½”, to be precise – with blonde hair, blue eyes and classically Russian features. “My ambition was to have a successful modeling career in the United States,” she explains. “I love to travel, and learn about new countries, cultures and languages!” Irina’s career took her all over the world, to Milan, Basel and beyond – but she had her eye on Los Angeles, and she wouldn’t rest until she made it to Playboy’s Studio West. “Playboy didn’t discover me,” she says. “I introduced myself!” Confident and a natural in front of the camera, Irina was born to be a Playmate, and she didn’t disappoint as our Miss January 2001. From her tastes in literature (Chekhov, Tolstoy) to her tastes in food (spicy Thai), she’s as beautiful and worldly as they come. “I’ve been almost everywhere in the world,” she says. “At last, I’m in the United States. Believe in yourself, and success will come to you – that’s my philosophy!