Ashley Harkleroad: From Our Neck of the Woods to Playboy!

Ashley Harkleroad is a hometown hottie in the literal sense! She is from the Rossville/Flintstone area of North Georgia, which is about 10 minutes from where us Gravy gabbers live. And now she’s gone from tennis star to Playboy model!

The 23-year-old Harkleroad found herself kicking her heels earlier this year when she was recovering from surgery to remove a cyst from her ovaries.

While others would choose to convalesce on a relaxing vacation or just lounge in front of the television, Harkleroad chose to accept the offer of posing nude for the world’s most famous glamour magazine.

“I was just laying there for three weeks, and, you know, an offer came to me,” the woman from smalltown Georgia told goggle-eyed reporters.

“I thought, well, I’m not really doing anything right now so I thought about it and it was something that I did. I’m proud of my body. I was representing a female athlete’s body.”

Congrats on your accomplishments in tennis, Ashley! As for Playboy, I myself once got an offer. Right out of high school, Playboy was doing a spread for “Working Women of Wal-Mart”. I worked there part-time during the summer before my freshman year of college, and my managers sat me in the back and had a “serious” talk with me about how I’d been chosen out of all the girls from the three local Wal-Marts and blah blah blah. I declined. Can you imagine working there knowing your managers had looked at your boobs? Not for me!

This was a big story in the Walker Co. Messenger recently, but I didn’t think much of it. Who knew someone from our neck of the woods would actually have national success? Congrats!

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