Kendra Wilkinson is of Irish, Ukrainian, and English descent. She is the elder of two children; her younger brother is Colin. Her mother, Patti, was originally from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and had been a cheerleader for the Philadelphia Eagles. Her father, Eric, was raised in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and Ocean City, New Jersey, before moving to San Diego, California at age 15.

He received a degree inbiochemistry from the University of California, San Diego, and went on to found several biotechnology companies before retiring at the age of 48. Patti and Eric married on November 5, 1983. They divorced on March 25, 1994, when Kendra was eight. Her grandmother Gloria Wilkinson died in December 2004.

Kendra Wilkinson was born in San Diego and raised in its middle class community Clairemont. She played softball for six years with the Clairemont Bobby Sox. She attended Clairemont High School, graduating in 2003. When she left high school she began working as a glamour model, and also briefly worked as a dental assistant.

Had breast implant surgery at the age of eighteen with money she’d saved from working two jobs.

She resigned from her job as a dental assistant for a dancer in a club thinking it would bring more money.

She was later identified to participate in a Playboy party as a hostess. She was there for Hef’s birthday which was noticed during the evening.

While Hugh M. Hefner usually approached potential girlfriends via intermediaries, he actually called Kendra himself and asked if she’d like to live at the Playboy Mansion.

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