Ukraine-born and Moscow-based, our July Playmate hails from a locale known for unforgiving winters. Her gently lilting accent and Slavic-royalty looks are dead giveaways as to her origins, but there’s nothing harsh about Valeria Lakhina—or Lera, as her friends call her. The exuberant redhead is a ray of sunshine; perhaps that’s why she looks so at home in this sultry pictorial shot on the coast of Setúbal, just south of Lisbon. Lera’s bright disposition inspires her to see the best in people—a trait that sometimes puts her at a disadvantage: She was recently pickpocketed by an elderly woman after making courteous conversation with her on the street. Clearly, this Playmate errs on the side of kindness. Asked to describe herself, Lera offers, “Happy, thankful, a little bit crazy and trusting. Maybe too trusting sometimes!” She cherishes her optimistic outlook, along with her freckles and readiness to try new things, which currently include forays into acting and producing.