From Northeast Philly to the Playboy Mansion

Torresdale native Val Keil has paved her own path from Northeast Philly to the Playboy Mansion. Credit: Val Keil.
Torresdale native Val Keil has paved her own path from Northeast Philly to the Playboy Mansion. Credit: Val Keil.

Val Keil sat with her father, brother and then-boyfriend inside her Northeast Philadelphia home and debated the proposition to pose for ‘Playboy.’

She submitted the photos without a peep, but when the legendary adult magazine responded with interest within three days, she asked for help.

“Wait,” said the now ex-boyfriend. “You won’t even send me naked pictures, but you’ll send ‘Playboy’ naked pictures?”

She thought that was trashy, “but it’s funny now because my naked pictures are all over the Internet.”

He took a hike, and now, the bartender from Torresdale is ‘Playboy’ magazine’s Miss August.

“I don’t like to say that I got lucky, ” said Keil, 22, “Because I feel everything happens for a reason.”

In this, her first-ever audition for a modeling gig, Keil scored the centerfold in the July/August issue on newsstands now.

Keil, a graduate of MaST Community Charter School, worked at Reedy’s Tavern on Frankford Avenue, the Torresdale Frankford Country Club and XFINITY Live! before she decided to submit. On Saturday, she’ll return to Reedy’s to sign the magazine from 2 to 10 p.m.

“I had a long year of just ups and downs,” she said.

She hopped between community colleges and beauty schools before she decided to take a shot. After all, she has good genes: both her aunt and mom are former Eagles’ cheerleaders.

Before, when people asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she said she wanted to get married and stay at home with her eight children. Then, she changed the estimate to six because eight sounded a bit high.

She had it all mapped out, until she received a phone call from Beverly Hills, and the number may change again. “But it worked out,” she deadpanned.

Not long after the news of her centerfold spot leaked, the Facebook messages and emails rolled in: “Don’t change,” or, “You’re going to change.”

“That kind of annoys me,” Keil said, “Because I feel like if they knew me, they would know I’m not that type of girl and I’m not going to let it get to my head.”

“I’m definitely going to enjoy every minute of it,” she added, “But it’s not something that I’ll let get to me.”

And she still wants the six children. “Just when I’m ready.”

She’s one ‘bad-ass chick’

Val Keil was at the Playboy Mansion for the July 4 holiday, and took a spin on the 100-foot slip and slide.

“But somehow I managed to knee myself in the face,” she said.

She laughed, adjusted her bikini and stood up. And then another Playmate saw the blood.

“Sit back down,” the Playmate said, then screamed for the paramedics.

She tore a muscle in her face, just under her right eye on the cheekbone, which required 15 stitches and a touch up from a plastic surgeon.

“It was the worst timing,” she said, “This is my month!”

She had a black eye, but she shouldn’t have a scar.

“I mean, if I have a little scar, that’s cool,” she said. “It makes me look like a bad-ass chick.”

Meet the Playmate

Bust: 32 C

Waist: 24 inches

Height: 5 foot 4 inches

Weight: 108 pounds

Turnons: “A man who makes me feel like I’m the only thing that matters and who isn’t’ afraid to take control.”

Turnoffs: “Overly cocky, pumped-up meatheads who are afraid to show their goofy side. BE REAL.”

Frisky wish: “To learn pole dancing.”

Style: “I love cowboy boots, torn-up jeans and showing skin, preferably my belly and butt cheeks!”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

MAP: New York City Street Closures August 22,…

The Percy Sutton Harlem 5K and NYC Family Health Walk-a-thon and Pakistan Day Parade and Fair will cause traffic delays and street closures in New York City this weekend. Plan…

International

U.N. nuclear inquiry on Iran seen making slow…

The U.N. nuclear watchdog appears to have made only limited progress so far in getting Iran to answer questions about its suspected atomic bomb research, diplomatic sources said on Friday,…

National

Violence-weary Missouri town sees second night of calm

By Nick Carey and Carey GillamFERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - The violence-weary town of Ferguson, Missouri, saw a second straight evening of relative calm on Thursday…

National

Journalist James Foley's parents, after call with pope,…

The parents of James Foley, the American journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Iraq, on Friday called for prayer and support to free the remaining captives held by Islamic…

Television

Recap: 'The Knick,' Season 1, Episode 3, 'The…

The third episode of Steven Soderbergh's "The Knick" finds Dr. Thackery (Clive Owen) meeting an old flame and other characters embracing self-destruction.

Music

Webcast: Watch Polyphonic Spree live on Sunday Aug.…

Polyphonic Spree singer Tim DeLaughter sits with Metro Music Editor Pat Healy for a chat and then the big band performs live. It begins on Sunday at 9:30 pm

Movies

Matthew Weiner on directing 'Are You Here' and…

"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner discusses his movie "Are You Here," his history writing comedy and the tiny movie he directed in 1996 you can't see.

Movies

Michael Chiklis on his football past and 'When…

Michael Chiklis remembers playing football in high school and how that prepped him to play a coach in "When the Game Stands Tall."

NFL

Fantasy football draft guide: How to draft your…

Many are wondering if we’re entering a new age in fantasy football drafting — one where running backs take a backseat.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Giants storylines to watch

The Giants have plenty to work on as they reach the dress rehearsal preseason game Friday night against the rival Jets.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Jets storylines to watch

Metro looks at three Jets storylines to watch as they play the Giants Friday.

NFL

Giants expected to work Corey Washington into first-team…

The day of reckoning for the Giants' fringe players will fall upon them Friday night against the Jets.

Sex

Big weddings may lead to long-term happiness

Dreaming of a big wedding? A new study indicates that the longer your guest list, the happier you’ll be in the long run. l A…

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…

Tech

Siren: A new dating app that puts women…

Online dating can be brutal, especially for single women. Noting that many women hate wading through inappropriate messages and photos, two tech entrepreneurs decided to…