Kapiti mum to appear in Playboy
Pamela Anderson, Carmen Electra and Marilyn Monroe are among those who have completed photo shoots for Playboy, and now Kapiti's Melissa Spiller has joined that list.
The 32-year-old mother of four owns Kapiti lingerie company MellyPop, and began modelling shortly after starting the business.
She will appear on the Playboy Australia and New Zealand mobile website in the next few months, after completing a photo shoot for the men's magazine last year.
''I own a lingerie company, so that got me into modelling,'' she said. ''The company has been going since 2009, and it started as a hobby but has grown and grown.
''Since using Facebook it has exploded. We've just become the official sponsor for
Playboy New Zealand and Australia, so we're the lingerie suppliers for them.''
Mrs Spiller said she saw the Playboy site on Facebook, and wrote to them offering to supply lingerie for their shoots.
They replied and told her to enter a competition for flights and entry to the launch party in Australia. She won, and ended up modelling for them while there.
''It was quite scary actually, but it was very exciting. I like to do things that are a bit different and a bit scary.
''A few years ago I never would have thought that I'd be posing for Playboy, especially as a mother of four. They're really supportive, and I'm really lucky with friends and family.''
Since starting modelling, Mrs Spiller has featured in ZOO weekly, Inked Magazine, Performance Car Magazine and NZX, but said she wears lingerie in every shoot.
''I always said that I would never go nude unless it was for Playboy. It was a really classy and artistic shoot.
''Since doing the Playboy shoot I've been doing a lot more modelling. It's been pretty crazy the last six months or so.''
Her business is also booming since teaming up with Playboy, with lingerie sales going up by about 300 per cent, she said.
Her MellyPop store at Paraparaumu Beach has closed, but she plans to open a new, bigger store in Kapiti.
Mrs Spiller and husband Reece have lived in Kapiti all their lives, and plan to keep the business here.
Meanwhile, Mr Spiller had his first taste of modelling last week, when international photographer Kaveh Kardan shot the husband and wife at Raumati Beach.
''The weather was beautiful, so Kaveh came out to Kapiti from Wellington, where he is based at the moment, and we had a photo shoot.
''It was Reece's first time. He sort of understands why I enjoy it so much now. It's quite a buzz.''
- Kapiti Observer
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