A Conversation With Former Playboy Playmate Raquel Pomplun on the ‘Rogue Playmates’ NFT Series

Photo courtesy of Raquel Pomplun Belatina latinx
Photo courtesy of Raquel Pomplun

Not so long ago, we covered how two Latino artists took the opportunity to fill the NFT space with Día de Los Muertos-inspired art. Founded by crypto investor David Galan, the project flaunted a collection of 7,777 NFTs. 

Similarly, Latinas are jumping to the plate and using NFTs to reclaim their power. 

Former Playboy Playmate Raquel Pomplun is a testament to this movement. Pomplun is part of a team of Playmates who have joined together to launch the “Rogue Playmates” NFT series.

Rogue Playmates will be the only series with the participation of the Playmates at the heart of the brand, using the actual likenesses of the centerfolds and allowing them to take control of and benefit financially from the use of their likeness and IP. The NFT drop will take place on April 16th, so stay on the lookout!

In a recent Q & A with Pomplun, we learned more about her story, the importance of Rogue Playmates, what this means for women, in particular Latinas, taking control over their image, and how Latinas can benefit from the NFT industry. 

Read below for more!

Tell us a bit about yourself 

I am an actress, comedian, model, wife, and, most recently – and probably one of the best job titles I’ve had – a mom. I also am Playboy’s Playmate of the Year 2013, but before that, I had the title of Miss April 2012. 

I am a huge believer in never stopping or settling, career-wise, and always looking for new adventures and challenges. Recently, I’ve gotten into the finance world, including real estate. So, when I was approached with the proposal to be part of the emerging yet stupendous NFT world, I did not hesitate. 

Can you tell us more about the “Rogue Playmates” NFT series?

The Rouge Playmates NFT series is not only the next level of playmate art collectibles but also the new way to stay connected with our fans and our fans with us worldwide! As cheesy as it may sound: It’s the future and a very exciting one.

What does this mean for women, particularly Latinas, taking control of their image? 

It’s not necessarily control of “our image” per se, but control of our present and future. It’s a huge step towards what we have been fighting for many decades to change a mentality that has reigned over centuries. Just the mere fact of having control of our choices, wants, and needs, whatever those may be, is important to create a fair society where I want my baby girl to grow up in – knowing that her sex will not be an impediment to the realization of any and all of her dreams and goals. 

What have been some challenges in taking control of your image? How have you overcome them?

One challenge in taking control of my image is the constant ill-judgment and criticism because I posed nude in Playboy. Apparently, this makes me a moral threat to society. It is very interesting because this judgment has come from both men and women. 

It has been a challenge because it has been a factor in the advancement of my acting career. The reality of life is, however, that it doesn’t matter what you do or don’t do. Not everyone will like you – even if you play a “saint,” someone somewhere will find something to judge you and not like you. 

So, how do you overcome the constant judgment of your persona when taking control of your image? Well, as long as your choices do not harm others (this is the most important part!), do as you want and let the world speak — because damned if you do and damned if you don’t.

Any tips for other Latinas who want to get out of their comfort zone?

Just do it. We are women, and Latinas, trust me, we got this. We’ve had many, many challenges already growing up in our culture.  What’s next as an adult and who’s in control of their future should be a piece of cake.

What would you tell Latinas who need guidance in explaining new ventures to their families, especially when they fear it won’t be accepted immediately?

Well, it’s nothing that can be generalized because each case is different. However, I would say don’t explain; just do it and let them see with accomplishments and actions how what you decide to do (and of course, it doesn’t harm others) makes you fulfilled, successful, and happy. Those who understand need no explaining, and those who need explaining may never understand, so show them. 

Anything else you’d like to share with the BELatina News audience?

Dream big, be bold, explain less, and show more.