Students Posing in Playboy to Autograph Issue

As the saying goes, if you've got it, flaunt it. Or better yet, follow the example of three Harvard women featured in Playboy's new Women of the Ivy League" issue: flaunt it, then autograph it.

Kelly K. Johnson-Arbor '96, who appears semi-nude in the magazine, Kelli M. Keller '97, who is shown nude, and Amanda S. Procter '97, who poses in a diaphanous sweater, will all sign fans' issues today at Out of Town News from noon to 2 p.m. and at Christy's from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

"It's for publicity," Johnson-Arbor said. "We've been doing a lot of promotional things."

Johnson-Arbor and Keller publicize the autograph session in an article in today's Boston globe, which features a photo of the two standing by the statue of John Harvard.

Keller and Procter will also announce the autograph session in interviews this morning on KISS FM 108 at 8 a.m. and on WILD AM 1090 at 9 a.m.

Playboy is paying each of the women $100 to promote the issue, Keller said.

Playboy Eastern Division Manager Robert J. Cermak predicted that today's signing will attract a crowd of "hundreds, mostly students who want to see the ladies who appeared in the magazine."

The three women say they will not be specially dressed for today's autograph session.

"We're not really coordinating, trying to look sexy or businesslike," Keller said.

Yesterday, the women were preparing for a busy day based on the crowds who showed up to publicity events already held at other Ivies.

"At Cornell, 700 copies were sold at the first autograph session, which is unheard of...I think Harvard Square will get much more people because it's such a college-oriented place," Cermak said yesterday.

Keller said "it will probably be just people walking by. It depends on how many people are in Harvard Square, I guess, or who's interested."

The interested parties hopefully won't include protesters, Keller added. But she could handle it if they showed up.

"I'm not worried," she said. "If [protesters] had any questions for me or problems with me, I'd be glad to answer them."

No one openly protested Thursday's autograph session by Yale students who posed in the pictorial--even though, or perhaps because, protesting streakers were featured prominently.