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How do you get a role in a Toby Keith video? Well, it helps if you’ve been a Playboy model and Cyber Girl for a while. And in Nikki Ryann ’s case, it helped that she looked really, really good washing the car in those little Daisy Dukes, down in the “Trailerhood.” Ryann and I caught up in Nashville a few weeks ago, and over Bloody Marys, she told me all about the shoot and how funny and nice Keith was. And how during the two-day shoot for the video, at a trailer park in Nashville, she went through countless white blouses and red and black lace bras. Which you’d expect during any kind of car-wash scene, right? “When you walked into the wardrobe mobile home, there were just so many blouses and so many bras,” she laughed. But the jean shorts? Those were Ryann’s own, so every time they’d get wet during the tornado scene, she had to put them back in the dryer. But being topless during that last scene was only unnerving because all the trailer park’s residents who were glued to the action. “I was more self-conscious about that than I was about Toby or anyone else watching my scenes,” she said. But as she told me, this was not her first rodeo. She’s based in Nashville and done all kinds of modeling and acting in the country music scene.