Fun Fact: Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
August 1982 Penthouse Pet of the Month
ONCE UPON A TEXAN
August Pet of the Month Donna Barnes is so tall (5’11) that she claims the jingle “reach out and touch someone” had to be penned with her in mind. But her men do the reaching, she tells us, with a toss of her chestnut mane. It’s her Texas pride. And our joy, as she reclines before us, a long, lush 38-25-38 stretch of Texas hill country herself. Ironically, Donna was part owner of the photography studio that helped bring fellow Austinite (and eventual Pet of the Year contender) Cody Carmack to these pages. This cowgirl thing seems to be a… trend. “Well, you know what the men say where I come from? Once upon a Texan, no other filly will do.” Isn’t that a but… self-serving? “Yep!” she shoots back. “to all the helpings I can get!” With that, she pins up her rich tousled hair, a gesture that makes letting one’s hair down seem tame.
“Bob Guccione once said I had the world’s most perfect breasts,” she recalls. “I always did like them, but you can imagine how I feel about them now…!”
What does a beautiful girl with a good mind, two college degrees, and a perfect body do with the rest of her life? “I intend to have several careers, several homes, several lives. Last year, I was living in the Alaskan frontier learning to ski and fish and shoot. Now I’m in New York taking business courses, learning to model and doing promotion for Penthouse.” Proving that a moving target’s the most alluring one. Not that she’s half-bad when perfectly still – though she warns she’s never passive for long. “If a man takes me to bed, he’d better be open-minded and flexible. I intend to show him how to please me – just exactly what turns me on … and how … and where…” And most men seem to thrive on her helpful hints. “One lover calls me the world’s prettiest sex aid.” Several times, women who’ve been with one of Donna’s conquests call her up to tell her how grateful they are.
It took a long time, but Donna now feels totally liberated, above all petty competitiveness with females, above possessive jealousies with men. “I had a brief fling with marriage, but it made me much too passive. “Now I’m actively involved with several fascinating men, and I don’t intend to ever settle down, to stop changing or growing. Wild flowers don’t bloom well in tiny gardens – especially with a picket fence around them. Penthouse has helped her bloom also. “Most women dread turning thirty, but on that birthday, there I was – a desirable woman being honored by the legendary magic of Bob Guccione’s camera. Which means that I’ve still got quite a future.” Future perfect, Donna.