Jami Ferrell was born June 20, 1974 in Middletown USA, Muncie, Indiana. Her delicate 5'8, 118 lbs. frame helped earn the former nanny the prestigious title of January 1997 Playmate of the Month in notorious "Playboy" magazine. Although Jami graced the inner pages, the legendary and captivating Marilyn Monroe was that month's cover girl, which served as a delightful surprise as well as a haunting comfort to Jami.
The fact that she was in "Playboy" is a source of amusement to those closest to her. The sexy images in the magazine are in dynamic contrast to the buttoned-up and socially awkward "real life" Jami, but she enjoys the paradox. In person she doesn't act like your typical Playmate.she prefers dignified khakis and loafers to sexy dresses and heels, tends to avoid social events and parties due to her shy and reclusive nature, and is also extremely camera shy with no desire to become an actress. Had it not been for the comforting encouragement of Hollywood makeup artist Alexis Vogel and an entire filming crew who pulled her through those first awkward moments in front of the camera, she probably never would have been in "Playboy."
Jami will always be grateful to "Playboy" for giving her so many fascinating moments and for making so many of her dreams come true. "I never could have imagined that my fantasies inspired by 'National Geographic' would be granted by 'Playboy' -- that I would get to have my own fascinating encounters with the wildlife in Africa, the remote and natural land of my dreams and the greatest experience of my life," Jami says reflecting on her career.
The part she's enjoyed most about "Playboy" has been the friendships she's made along the way and the privilege of being near and learning from living legends. "How fortunate I have been to be able to step back in time with Hugh Hefner on old movie nights at the Mansion, or to sit with Jack Nicholson at a Lakers game."
Although she does like company every now and then, she prefers to be alone most of the time and doesn't care for overly zealous relationships. The company of a devoted dog and a good book is far more appealing to Jami than going out on a date.
In others, she finds most appealing the traits she feels she lacks: social confidence and a dedicated pursuit. Her favorite pastimes include reading, horseback riding, scuba diving, exploring and antique hunting for old toys and novelties, and she is rather fond of simply listening to and watching people. In entertainment she prefers what is old: old books, old movies and old music. "I like such a variety, it is hard to be more specific, but my favorites include Charles Dickens, Tolstoy, Harvey, True Grit, Kitty Foyle, Repulsion, Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, John Wayne, Neil Young and big band music."
She not only enjoys what is from the past, she often wishes she had lived in the past as well. Jami frequently dreams about how nice it would have been to be a Playmate in the 1950s, when bodies were natural. "If I could change anything about 'Playboy,'" remarks Jami, "I would stop bestowing special titles on the surgically enhanced."
To Jami, the most beautiful sights are those that nature creates, and it is the variations in that make things interesting to look at. She discovered this as a child, since she was privileged enough to grow up in the country, surrounded by nature and animals with the opportunities to explore on her own. She also learned very early that the greatest pleasures are the simple things. She has always been extremely close to her parents and relatives and credits them for making her childhood the happiest time of her life.
"Fortunately, though I lack ambition, I am not without a sense of adventure. I plan to be doing a bit of international exploring in the very near future. There is a quote I read in Benjamin Franklin's biography that I am rather fond of: 'If you would not be forgotten when you are dead and rotten, either write what is worth the reading, or do what is worth the writing.' I am forever grateful to you who, through your support of 'Playboy,' have given me so many wonderful and unforgettable memories."