Kerri was a beautiful, natural girl then, and she still is today (with the addition of a couple tattoos in the late 90's). When her video Centerfold was released, I ordered a copy of it right away. And I still think that her video is probably the best, sexiest video Playboy has ever put out. I've added a couple of clips from it below. It was directed by Michael Bay, who went on to become the director for the Transformers movies as well as Bad Boys, Armageddon, etc.
Kerri's had quite a life. She's only about a year older than me, but she's done more in her life already than I'll probably still have time to do in my life. Even though I thought I'd love to have a chance to get to know her (what 18-year-old doesn't think that sometimes?), especially since she was into guys who wore Levi's, boots and had long hair (check, check, check!), I think she had too much of the gypsy spirit for my tastes. She travelled cross country and even spent some time living in the Canary Islands with minimal possessions except her and her guy at the time. Here's a bit from one of her bios:
I had a really bad year in 1996. I was combated with problem after problem. I was doing really well professionally, but my personal life was a complete nightmare. During that time of grief and confusion, I met a traveler. After hearing many stories about traveling around Europe and playing music in the streets etc., I decided to pack up and go too. I referred my hair clients to another stylist, sold most of my belongings, put the rest in storage and became a gypsy.When she moved back she slowly worked her way back into modeling. Then she met and married Kevin Kuster, who was an executive with Playboy. During that time Kerri did absolutely no modeling. They had a son together, and then a few years ago Kerri and Kevin divorced. Almost immediately Kerri started nude modeling again, getting online with Twitter, Facebook and MySpace, and putting clothing items and pictures up for auction. Last I heard she was working at a salon in Chicago and also has an intuitive Tarot card reading business.
On the first leg of the journey I drove my little Toyota from San Diego all the way to Ontario, Canada. I'm proud to say I made it there in three days. My record day driving was 1077 miles! I didn't want to stop. I stayed in Ontario for awhile and then went on to England for 2 months. From there I ended up on Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands, where my traveling companion and lived in a car for months. I loved living on the island. I would wake up every morning and have fruit for breakfast and go sit on the beach (topless) and make jewelry to sell to the tourists. It was perfect for me. I was able to be outside in the sun and near the ocean and create art for people. Everyone says to me, "Oh, I could never live in a car." You, know what? They're wrong. Life can be so much easier than we make it out to be. It is amazing how little we really need and how much we fool ourselves into believing we "can't live without". I'm so glad that I have tested my boundaries and brought myself out of my comfort zone for such a long period of time. I have a whole new perspective on the world now. If you ever have the chance, I highly recommend becoming a gypsy for awhile.
Thanks Kerri, and I wish you the best!
Here are some segments from her Video Centerfold.
KERRI KENDALL (Desert Heat) by miss_ella_neous