Road Rules South Pacific’s Cara is Playboy’s Nov. playmate of the month.

Road Rules South Pacific’s Cara is Playboy’s Nov. playmate of the month.
Cara Zavaleta from Road Rules South Pacific is Playboy’s Miss November 2004 Playmate. How did she end up naked in the magazine’s pages? She contacted them. According to the New York Post, “she simply called the editors and asked if they were interested in having her pose for a reality show pictorial feature then in the works. But when she met with them, they suggested she might be qualified for Playmate material.” Playboy.com has a for-adults, non-work-safe preview of Cara, which reveals that her turn-ons include “nice butts and intelligence.” The site’s preview says “you may remember her as wide-eyed, enthusiastic beauty from Road Rules South Pacific and The Gauntlet.” Yes, we may, if our brains still had room to store the identities of every single one of the dozens–hundreds–of barely indistinguishable MTV reality show cast members who’ve passed by on our televisions over the past 12 years. But who cares; she’s naked.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.