Dr. Victoria Nika Zdrok (born March 3, 1973 in Kiev, Soviet Union) is a Playboy Playmate, Penthouse Pet of the Year, a star of elaborate adult videos, an attorney, a clinical psychologist, sex therapist and former goodwill ambassador.
Zdrok graduated from Pensacola Junior College in Florida at age 17 and West Chester University in Pennsylvania at age 18 with a B.A., Summa Cum Laude. She entered graduate school where she studied for a joint law and psychology program at Villanova University and Hahnemann Medical School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her J.D. degree at the Law School and a subsequent M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Her dissertation on "The Effect of Judicial Instructions on Jury Perception of Defendants' Refusal to Testify" was recommended for the Law Psychology Awards. She aimed to specialize in the "area where law and psychology intersect" and originally intended to become a jury consultant. She passed the bar exam on her first try. She later completed a post-doctoral qualification in sex therapy at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
She was crowned Philadelphia's "Best Beauty" in August 1994. She has appeared in videos, movies, talk shows and magazines. She became October 1994's Playboy Playmate of the Month. In an interview, Zdrok claimed she would have been selected Playmate of the Year over Julie Lynn Cialini except for false rumors Zdrok said were circulated about her.
In June 2002, she became Penthouse Pet of the Month. In 2004, at the age of 30, she was named Penthouse Pet of the Year. She is the second woman, after Linn Thomas, to be both a Playboy Playmate and a Penthouse Pet.
Alexander Zdrok was disbarred by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 1991 for forgery and deception. He was abusive to Victoria, once being arrested and jailed. There were purported threats from her husband's Mafia connections. In 1996, now 23 years old, Victoria sought a divorce. By this time a sought-after model, Victoria divorced with an agreement to pay her ex-husband 15% of all her future earnings from "pictorials, television, national and international films" and related ventures for ten years after their divorce.
In January 2001, Alexander sued her for monetary damages under the agreement, which Victoria now claimed was invalid. She also sought to seal the trial, but the court declined to do so. Victoria appealed and lost this issue. On December 9, 2003, she settled with Alexander for US$50,000. Afterwards, her ex-husband’s lawyer, Elliot Goldberg, expressed disappointment over not being able to reveal intimate details about Victoria.
During the trial in 2002, Victoria bore her first baby, a daughter. She was engaged to be married as of 2003.
Arriving in America two years after Victoria was her sister, a Ph.D. archeologist. Her sister also models under the names Tatiana Zdrok and Lara Buenfil and has posed topless along with their mother on the Howard Stern show.
Zdrok said she plans to "phase out" her adult entertainment career. She earned a post-graduate degree in sex therapy with the goal of becoming "the Doctor Ruth of the new generation".