Ken­dra On Top

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 31 MARCH -

Sea­son 4 Vuzu (*116) 22:00 & 22:30 Re­al­ity

Ken­dra Wilkin­son-Bas­kett has come a long way since be­ing one of Play­boy boss Hugh Hefner’s three girl­friends on re­al­ity show The Girls Next Door (20052010). She used it as a step­ping stone to big­ger things, like re­al­ity shows Danc­ing With The Stars (2005-cur­rent) in 2011, Ken­dra (2009-2011) and the UK ver­sion of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here (2002-cur­rent) in 2014. For Ken­dra On Top (2012-cur­rent), the 31-year-old is prov­ing that she’s not just a pretty face – she’s a busi­ness­woman on the move…

Ken­dra says that her life fell apart 1

when her busi­ness­man dad Eric di­vorced her ex-cheer­leader mom Pat­tie when Ken­dra was eight. In 2010 au­to­bi­og­ra­phy Slid­ing Into Home (a ref­er­ence to her love for sport), Ken­dra re­vealed that she was a strip­per in her teens and was ad­dicted to co­caine by 14.

She over­dosed a year later and 2

gave up drugs “on the spot” when she woke up in a men­tal hos­pi­tal, where she was treated for cut­ting [a per­son cuts them­selves as a cop­ing mech­a­nism].

Ken­dra moved into the Play­boy 3

man­sion in 2004 af­ter Hugh saw her modelling at his party but the self­con­fessed wild girl “hated” the 21:00 cur­few that was never seen on The Girl­friends, adding, “I also didn’t know that sleep­ing with him was a pre­req­ui­site.”

She was in a car crash in 2013 and 4

had a mi­nor haem­or­rhagic stroke. While not fa­tal, it can lead to mi­graines and loss of blad­der con­trol.

As for her suc­cess, Ken­dra’s made 5

$6 mil­lion (R78 mil­lion) from book sales, fit­ness DVDs and other shows.

She has two kids with her ex-pro 6

ath­lete hubby Hank Bas­kett – son Hank IV (7) and daugh­ter Alijah (2). “They’re our world,” she says.

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