Holly Madison Defends Baby Name, Zings Crystal Harris

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Holly Madison is at it again, but she's not taking Hugh Hefner to task this time. Rather, she's defending her baby's name ... and taking a dig at Hef's wife.

Holly Madison of Playboy Fame

As a new mom, the 35-year-old Madison said she faced severe criticism, not because of her Playboy past, but for naming her daughter Rainbow.

"Oh, yeah. I got flooded with stupid commentary on social media," she said. "It's definitely a unique name. I like unique names."

"I wouldn't have picked it if were common. But, growing up, there was a girl in my class named Rainbow. I grew up in Oregon."

"A lot of hippies went [there] to start families. There was a girl at school named Rainbow. I was so jealous and I wanted it to be my name."

"So it's definitely unusual, but it's a name. It's not like I called her Coffee Table. People love to say, 'That's a stripper name.'"

"But I've spent a lot of time in Vegas and strippers aren't named Rainbow. They're named Amber, Crystal and Jessica."

Hugh Hefner, Madison's infamous Playboy founder ex, went on to marry Crystal Harris after Holly broke things off with him.

Intentional, subtle shade on Holly's part?

Maybe, maybe not. But she's not wrong about the name. No offense to Crystals across the nation and world. We still love you.

Madison, who has taken Hef to task for trying to buy her for $3 million and subjecting her to sick orgies, says he is not in her life now.

"Absolutely not," Holly said. "When I left the mansion we were cordial for a while but eventually I opened my eyes to what kind of person he was."

"We haven't talked for years."

Madison said she penned Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny for her daughter.

"I wanted my side of the story out there. I never had a voice. It was always shaped by the TV show or by Playboy or Hef himself," she says.

"But I want my daughter to know why I made the decisions I did. Since writing the book, I've had a lot of practice defending myself."

Talking about "the choices I made," Madison says, has been cathartic and "good practice for discussing those decisions with her."

As for Rainbow following in her footsteps?

"I would not be OK with it," she insisted.

"When she is an adult, she will be able to do what she wants, but from Day One I've tried to raise her to know she has value."

"She has value. Her body parts have value, and she doesn't have to do something cheap or tawdry to get attention."

"If she wanted to - God forbid - I would tell her my whole experience with it and I'd be honest that it wasn't what I thought it would be."

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Holly Madison Biography

Holly Madison is a Playboy model and the ex-girlfriend of Hugh Hefner. As for Madison, she is best known for getting naked a lot and... More »
Astoria, Oregon
Full Name
Holly Cullen

Holly Madison Quotes

We are no closer to getting married than we were years ago. It's like a car stalled at the side of the road.

Holly Madison [on Hugh Hefner]

I have no pull anymore. Hef and I aren't together.

Holly Madison