Joan Bennett (born in Chicago, Illinois) is a former American model. She was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for January 1985.
In the August 2005 issue of Journal of Popular Culture, James Beggan and Scott Allison argue that the image of the Playboy Playmate may be interpreted as not merely the pin-up image of a busty girlie-girl, but rather as tough and ambitious career woman. Playboy magazine, they contend, portrays them as "possessing much more complex characters than popular wisdom would allow".
In the article, titled Tough Women in the Unlikeliest of Places: The Unexpected Toughness of the Playboy Playmate, the authors quote Bennett from an earlier article which included many nude images of her as a Playmate. She said of her future aspirations:
I thought there should be more to life than traditional sex, going to college, finding a rich husband and ending up in the driver's seat of a station wagon - waking up to the sounds of kids playing their Big Wheels every morning. I didn't want to let life go past.