The model/actress plucked up the courage to visit the publication’s Chicago, Illinois headquarters after the cruel boss of a city modelling agency called her in to tell her she’d never make it in the business.
Devastated, McCarthy ran across the road and into the Playboy building because she simply couldn’t bear to return to the Polish grocery store where she worked.
And that’s where the magic started.
Initially deterred by a snooty receptionist, who told her she couldn’t just walk into the pages of the men’s magazine, the star was waiting for the elevator when an executive told her to try out as a Playmate at a photo shoot.
She recalls, “I put on a bikini… I didn’t know how to pose; it was like a mugshot.
“I went home and within one hour, and this is not an exaggeration, Playboy called and said, ‘You’re Miss October!'”
But McCarthy admitted there was a huge shock in store for her the first time she disrobed for the magazine’s photographer.
She added, “He says, ‘Lose your undies…’ and all of a sudden I hear, ‘Woah!’
“I see them talk to the make-up artist and the make-up artist comes walking over and she goes, ‘They said they’d never saw anyone as hairy as you their entire life.’
“I said, ‘Well, I’m half Polish!'”
The star was further shocked when the photographer and his assistant came closer and started staring at her genitalia: “He (photographer) goes, ‘I say we just light the heck out of it… like it’s roadkill.'”