To improve your visit to our site, take a minute and upgrade your browser. Bunny Marie discovered the working conditions to be tedious, uncomfortable, insulting, and at times dangerous. When I learned late last year that the Playboy Club was reopening the original New York outpost closed in , it seemed a delicious opportunity to assess, by way of juxtaposition, the world we live in now. Playboy founder Hugh Hefner died in —may he rest in a heaven of baby oil and Viagra—and the version of femininity he espoused to such success body meeting certain specifications, character docile has taken a tumble down the stock market of cultural capital. Playboy still merchandises its iconic rabbit logo to clothing companies and other branding outlets, but the larger Playboy culture machine has ground to a halt. We are living in a slightly different world from the one that MeToo intervened in the year before last. Gazing at a press release for a Playboy Club event in New York, I wondered how it might be possible to lift a magnifying glass at that place in culture—the gap between what seems to be happening to gender norms according to the media, and what is actually occurring in private, sexualized, straight spaces.
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Our editorial content is not influenced by any commissions we receive. Sign up for The Complex Newsletter for breaking news, events, and unique stories. Over the years a lot of hot, nude women have graced the pages of Playboy. And as much as warm-blooded folks all like getting a peek at the Playmate—dreamed up by Hugh Hefner to be the girl next door, stripped bare for your convenience—nothing has the gawk factor of celebrity skin. Playboy launched in December with a celebrity on the cover and in the pages—Marilyn Monroe who didn't actually pose for the mag —but the magazine really didn't trade in famous nudity for its first couple of decades. The girls in Playboy usually had names like Phyllis and Melba, and though they were supreme beauties, they weren't famous outside of the brand. Around the turn of the '80s, that changed.
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The first woman to pose completely nude in Playboy has spoken out about working with Hugh Hefner, after he passed away aged She revealed that the decision to start including full frontal nudity in the magazine was a business matter, one that Hefner himself did not take lightly. When she was asked to be photographed for it, Coles rushed home to get her passport and was promptly flown out to the Playboy HQ in Chicago to shoot the infamous image, which was taken by Alexas Urba. The issue sold seven million copies, she revealed to The Daily Telegraph. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists? Start your Independent Premium subscription today.
Playboy has been quietly relaunched as an ad-free quarterly. Edited by a millennial triumvirate, the magazine is virtually unrecognizable from the one Hugh Hefner created. By Jessica Bennett. It was a Tuesday morning at the Westwood headquarters of Playboy Enterprises, and editors were preparing to close their summer issue. Gathered between a velvet love seat and a view of Santa Monica, they discussed upcoming stories — a piece on B. Singh said, seated beneath a Herb Ritts portrait of Cindy Crawford.