When someone mentions the words Playboy Playmate, the image of a blonde Barbie-like California transplant from the Midwest immediately comes to mind. However, not every beautiful woman on the pages of the storied publication look like a carbon copy of The Girls Next Door. 

Kicking off Black History Month, we're looking back at some of the women who broke stereotype, took over the coveted centerfold spread, and expanded the definition of beauty for fans of the mag. This is the history of black Playboy Playmates. 

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