take a long look at longview's natural resource
If you're ever in Longview, Washington -- a logging town beside the Columbia River where firs, cedars and alders brood until Sharry Konopski's dad and his men cut them down -- stop at Bruno's Pizzeria. There you'll find the prettiest pizza slinger in the great Northwest. "Someday I'll be a model, actress, mom or all three," says Sharry with a smile that could fell the tallest fir or the most macho lumberman. "Right now, I'm 19. I'm still figuring out my life. I'm a waitress, a good one, who also happens to be Playboy's Playmate of the Month. It's my way of saying to the world. 'Voilà! Here I am!' "
"When the news got around, "Sharry says, "people started coming to Bruno's to look for the Playboy girl. Now, at work, I wear my hair up -- nobody wants a hair in his pizza -- my nails aren't done and I'm in jeans and a T-shirt. They looked right past me! I stayed behind the counter and thought, You'll never find me!" They will now. Longviewers will find Sharry unpretentious (her fave date is a movie and a long walk), resourceful (she recently rebuilt her car's engine) and -- almost despite herself -- glamorous, even though she does prefer pizza to nouvelle cuisine.
Photography by Stephen Wayda