|Playboy centerfold appearance|
|Preceded by||Kari Kennell|
|Succeeded by||Eloise Broady|
|Born||May 28, 1956|
Arkansas City, Kansas
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||117 lb (53 kg; 8.4 st)|
Susie Diane Owens is an American model and businesswoman.
Owens was born on 28 May 1956 in Arkansas City, Kansas, and raised in Oklahoma. She obtained a nursing degree and worked in Dallas, Texas, as a model and stripper. In 1983 she appeared in her first Playboy pictorial. She was featured as Playboy's Playmate of the Month for March 1988, when she was 31. Afterwards, she moved to Los Angeles, living in the Playboy Mansion. She dated rock star Bret Michaels and worked as a B-movie actress.
Owens also worked as a mascot for the Golden Apple Comics stores, playing Flaxen, a blonde nurse who later becomes a superhero and fights crime. Her portrayal of Flaxen served as the basis for the 1992 comic book of the same name, which was written by James Hudnall, pencilled by Brian Michael Bendis, and inked by David W. Mack, as well as the 1995 sequel Flaxen: Alter Ego.
In 1988, Owens experimented with perfume supplies, creating the fragrance she would later call "Child". She began to wear it herself, and then to bottle small batches for sale in Fred Segal's Apothia as well as other boutiques. Following the 1994 Northridge earthquake and the death of her father, Owens decided to give up her career at Playboy, and return to Dallas. She worked as a nurse in a plastic surgery practice, while continuing to sell perfume on the side under the name Susan D. Owens.
In 2000, the actress Jennie Garth told InStyle magazine that Child "drives men wild", causing a sharp increase in demand. Owens left her nursing job afterwards and began making fragrances full-time. In addition to Child, she developed the men's scent Heir. She blended and bottled the products by hand in her garage; by 2006, she was producing 50,000 bottles per year. Child acquired a cult following, with celebrities such as Madonna and Jennifer Aniston reportedly using it. A reporter for the lifestyle magazine 360 West characterised Child as "a heady white jasmine-based fragrance". In 2013, a 1-ounce bottle cost almost US$100. Owens sold the business in 2016 to the cosmetics retailer Beautyhabit.
Owens has one daughter, from a marriage to a previous husband.
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