november playmate kaya christian's a champ at any water sport -- and a finely developed photo-lab technician
A champion swimmer and diver at the age of 11, Kaya Christian no longer competes in organized aqua-sports. But when she's not laboring in the catacombish darkness of one of the West Coast's largest photo-processing labs, this 21-year-old native Californian heads for the nearest beach or pool. Already accomplished in water ballet, Kaya became a licensed scuba diver shortly before we went to press, thereby fulfilling a lifelong ambition: "When I'm submerged, I let myself go -- no cares, no anxieties; the Pacific is like a second home to me." When she's not in the darkroom or in the water, Miss Christian likes to unwind -- at her bachelorette pad in Beverly Hills -- to contemporary pop sounds ("Lou Rawls, Ramsey Lewis, the 5th Dimension and a local group that hasn't made the big time yet -- Phase Three -- can really flip me out") or with paintbrush in hand ("I'm really just a dabbler"). Kaya's conception of a gratifying date is engagingly unconventional: "Dinner at Scandia, a night cruise to Catalina, then a return trip in time to greet the milkman in the morning." She wasted no time accepting Playboy's invitation to grace our November gatefold, and thereby answered the question about what a gentleman should or shouldn't offer a lady.
Photography by Bill Figge and Ed DeLong