When Anna Nicole Smith collapsed and died in a Florida hotel room on Feb. 8 at the age of 39, her passing was nearly as swift and sensational as her rise to stardom. Born Vicky Lynn Hogan, Smith made her modeling debut on the March 1992 cover of Playboy and was a May 1992 centerfold before being named 1993 Playmate of the Year. However, it was when Paul Marciano selected the bombshell to be a Guess Girl in late 1992 that her star really took off.

In a February interview with WWD, Marciano recalled meeting Smith in San Antonio in 1992, after a friend of his at Playboy tipped him off. "She was working at a restaurant at the time, and we asked her to come to L.A," said Marciano, who did a test shoot right away. "She was stunning. She had an incredible face, she was very tall, a big girl. We asked her to come a week later to do a photo shoot."

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