Call it wanderlust, ravenous curiosity or the endless pursuit of a great party, but Iryna Ivanova possesses an unquenchable thirst to see the world. "I have always enjoyed traveling," says our wayfaring Miss August. She began her global tour in earnest at the age of 16 when her family moved from their hometown of Feodosia, Crimea, a Ukrainian port on the Black Sea, to a new life in Tucson. From there, Iryna, who is now working toward an MBA at the University of Arizona (focusing either in marketing or sports management; she's undecided at the moment) took to the winds. "I studied abroad in Greece and visited Athens and the islands. Mykonos was my favorite because it's beautiful and it's a crazy party island. For romance and calm, though, I adore Bali. Plus, the Indonesians are the nicest people I've ever met." Confidence brought her to playboy's shores. "I love my body, and my philosophy is that if you have the right kind of body, why not show it?" She adds, "Being Miss August is something I'm very proud of. Honestly, I might be prouder of being a Playmate than any of my academic achievements. There are many great schools you can attend, but there's only one Playboy. I still can't believe I'm among the few girls Hef picks each year!"