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is an American men's magazine, founded in Chicago,
Illinois by Hugh Hefner and his associates, which
has grown into Playboy Enterprises, Inc., reaching
into every form of media. Playboy is one of the
world's best known brands. In addition to the
flagship magazine in the United States, special
nation-specific versions of Playboy are published
magazine is published monthly and features photographs
of nude women, along with various articles on
fashion, sports, consumer goods, and public figures.
It also has short fiction by top literary writers,
such as Arthur C. Clarke, Ian Fleming, Vladimir
Nabokov, and Margaret Atwood. The magazine has
been known to express liberal opinions on most
major political issues. Playboy's use of "tasteful"
nude photos is classified as "softcore"
in contrast to the more "hardcore" pornographic
magazines that started to appear in the 1970s
in response to the success of Playboy's more explicit
original title was to be Stag Party, but an unrelated
outdoor magazine, Stag, contacted Hefner and informed
him that they would legally protect their trademark
if he were to launch his magazine with that name.
Hefner and co-founder and executive vice president
Eldon Sellers met to discuss the problem and to
seek a new name. Sellers' mother suggested the
name "The gentlemen's club", but it
was Alexx Mills, who had worked for the short-lived
Playboy Automobile Company, in Chicago, who suggested
the name "Playboy".
first issue, published in December 1953, was undated,
as Hefner was unsure whether or not there would
be a second issue. He produced it in his Hyde
Park kitchen. The first centerfold was Marilyn
Monroe, although the picture used originally was
taken for a calendar, rather than for Playboy.
The first issue was an immediate sensation; it
sold out in weeks. Known circulation was 53,991.
The cover price was 50¢. Copies of the first
issue in mint to near mint condition sold for
over $5,000 in 2002.
famous logo, depicting the stylized profile of
a rabbit wearing a tuxedo bow tie, was designed
by art designer Art Paul for the magazine's second
issue and has appeared on every issue since. A
running joke in the magazine involves hiding the
logo somewhere in the cover art or photograph.
Hefner said that he chose the rabbit as a mascot
for its "humorous sexual connotation,"
and because the image was "frisky and playful."
urban legend started about Hefner and the Playmate
of the Month because of markings on the front
covers of the magazine. From 1955 to 1979 (except
for a six month gap in 1976), the "P"
in Playboy had a number of stars printed in or
around the letter. The legend stated that this
was either a rating that Hefner gave to the Playmate
according to how attractive she was, the number
of times that Hefner had slept with her, or how
good she was in bed. The stars, which ranged in
number between zero and twelve, actually indicated
the domestic or international advertising region
for that particular printing.
reaching its peak in the 1970s, Playboy has seen
a decline in circulation and cultural relevance
because of increased competition in the field
it founded — first from Penthouse, Oui,
and Gallery in the 1970s; later from pornographic
videos; and more recently from lad mags such as
Maxim, FHM, and Stuff. In response, Playboy has
attempted to re-assert its hold on the 18–35
male demographic it once controlled through slight
changes to its content and focusing on issues
and personalities more appropriate to its audience
— such as hip-hop artists being featured
in the "Playboy Interview".
magazine celebrated its fiftieth anniversary with
the January 2004 issue. Celebrations were held
at Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, and Moscow
during the year to commemorate this event.
best-selling Playboy edition was the November
1972 edition, which sold 7,161,561 copies. One-quarter
of all American college men were buying the magazine
every month. On the cover was model Pam Rawlings,
photographed by Rowland Scherman.
coincidentally, a cropped image of the issue's
centerfold (which featured Lena Soderberg) became
a de facto standard image for testing image processing
algorithms. It is known simply as the "Lenna"
(also "Lena") image in that field.
Playboy is still the largest selling men's magazine,
selling about three million copies a month in
on the sale of Playboy
many parts of Asia, including India, mainland
China, Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore,
and Brunei, the sale and distribution of Playboy
is banned. In addition, its sale and distribution
is banned in almost all Muslim countries in Asia
and Africa, such as Iran, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
However, it is sold in Hong Kong. In Japan, where
the genitals of models cannot be shown, a separate
edition of Playboy is published under license
Indonesian edition of Playboy launched in April
2006, but the controversy started before the first
issue was published. Even the publisher said that
the content of the Indonesian edition will be
different from the original edition but the government
was trying hard to ban it by using anti-pornography
rules, since the Indonesian government cannot
ban any medium. A local Muslim organization, the
Islamic Defenders Front (IDF), also opposed to
Playboy being published on the grounds that it
is pornography. On April 12 a group of about 150
IDF members clashed with police and stoned the
editorial offices of the magazine. Despite this
controversy, the edition quickly sold out. On
6 April 2007 the chief judge of the case dismissed
the charges because they had been incorrectly
1986, the American convenience store chain 7-Eleven
removed the magazine from its stores. The store
returned Playboy to its shelves in late 2003.
7-Eleven stores had also been selling Penthouse
and other, more extreme, magazines before the
bookstores throughout the world, it is common
for Playboy, as well as other adult publications,
to be put on a higher shelf than other magazines,
thus keeping them out of the reach of most children.
They are also often wrapped in opaque plastic
bags so as to not reveal the cover.
was not sold in the state of Queensland, Australia
during 2004 and 2005 but has returned as of 2006.
Furthermore, due to declining sales, the last
edition of the Australian edition of Playboy published
was the January 2000 issue.
the January 14, 2004, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court
of Appeals ruled that Playboy Enterprises Inc.'s
(PEI) trademark terms "Playboy" and
"Playmate" should be protected even
in Internet searches that prompt pop-up advertisements.
The suit originally started on April 15, 1999,
when Playboy sued Excite Inc. and Netscape for
trademark infringement. Attorneys Barry Felder,
Catherine McGrath and Matthew Moren represented
notable photographers have contributed work to
Playboy, including Richard Fegley, William Figge,
Arny Freytag, Ron Harris, David Mecey, Russ Meyer,
Pompeo Posar, Suze Randall, Herb Ritts, Stephen
Wayda, Sam Wu, R Scott Hooper, Mario Casilli,
and Bunny Yeager.
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Playmate of the Month Modeling Payouts
Playmate of the Year Modeling Payouts Year Amount
1960-1963 $500 plus $250 bonus
1982-today $140,000, an automobile, and a motorbike.
the 1960s and 1970s all PMOY's received pink automobiles,
the hue of pink used was known as "Playmate
Pink", the same shade as awarded to Mary
Kay's independent sales force, a frequent source
is some controversy over airbrushing (or, in recent
times, image editing) that is done on the photos
featured in the magazine. Some readers say that
this kind of photo-editing takes away from authenticity
and makes photographs look unnatural.
example was the case of Pamela Anderson and the
"disappearing labia". In Pamela's original
Playboy appearance in the issue of February 1990,
there was a rear-view photo with her legs slightly
apart and her labia minora plainly visible. In
reprints in later "Newsstand Specials"
as well as a poster-sized print, Pamela had been
"defeminized," this area having been
painted over in the color of the object in front
of which she was standing.
in Rena Mero's ("Sable") first Playboy
shoot, one photo of Mero lying on her back was
edited to add extra pubic hair over her genitalia.
However, in the "50th Anniversary" issue,
this picture was printed in its original, unedited
adult magazine Hustler and owner Larry Flynt has
often been critical of Playboy and their airbrushing.
This has often led Hustler to promote the fact
that their nude pictorials are never airbrushed
and are completely natural. This is a separate
issue from whether the models are completely natural:
that is, free of silicone breast implants.
First issue with two-page centerfold: February
1954 (Margaret Scott)
* First issue with Leroy Neiman's Femlin: August
* First issue with a Playmate showing pubic hair:
February 1956 (Marguerite Empey)
* First issue with a three-page centerfold: March
1956 (Marian Stafford)
* First issue with a Vargas girl: March 1957
* First issue with two Playmates for Playmate
of the Month: October 1958 (Pat Sheehan and Mara
* First issue with Ian Fleming story: March 1960
* First issue with Playboy Advisor column: September
* First issue with Playboy Interview: September
1962 (with Miles Davis)
* First issue with an African-American centerfold:
March 1965 (Jennifer Jackson)
* First issue with Playboy 20Q: Cheryl Tiegs in
* First issue with a man on the cover: April 1964
* First issue to show a celebrity or non-Playmate's
pubic hair: August 1969 (dancer Paula Kelly)
* First issue with centerfold showing pubic hair:
December 1969 (Gloria Root)
* First issue with identical twins in centerfold:
October 1970 - (Mary and Madeleine Collinson)
* First full frontal nude centerfold: January
1971 (Liv Lindeland).
* First issue with a double sided centerfold (the
reverse side was a rear view). January 1974 (Nancy
* First issue with signed centerfold: October
1975 (Jill De Vries)
* First issue with Playmate data sheet: July 1977
* First issue without staple in the centerfold:
* First national magazine with Web site: August
* First issue with identical triplets in the centerfold,
The Dahm Triplets: December 1998
* First issue with www.playboy.com explicit on
cover: February 1999
* First issue with a Playmate without any pubic
hair: September 2001 (Dalene Kurtis)[citation
* First issue with female video game characters
(most notably Bloodrayne): October 2004
a full listing, please see List of people in Playboy
1953-1959, 1960-1969, 1970-1979, 1980-1989, 1990-1999,
celebrities (singers, actresses, models, etc.)
have posed for Playboy over the years. This list
is only a small portion of those who have posed.
Some of them are:
Marilyn Monroe (December 1953)
* Jayne Mansfield (February 1955)
* Mara Corday (October 1958)
* Ursula Andress (June 1965)
* Carol Lynley (March 1965)
* Kim Basinger (February 1983)
* Janet Jones (March 1987)
* Drew Barrymore (January 1995)
* Daryl Hannah (November 2003)
* Denise Richards (December 2004)
LaToya Jackson (March 1989/Nov 1991)
* Fem2fem (December 1993)
* Nancy Sinatra (May 1995)
* Samantha Fox (October 1996)
* Linda Brava (April 1998)
* Belinda Carlisle (August 2001)
* Tiffany (April 2002)
* Carnie Wilson (August 2003)
* Deborah Gibson (March 2005)
* Willa Ford (March 2006)
Katarina Witt (December 1998)
* Tanja Szewczenko (April 1999 German Edition)
* Mia St. John (November 1999)
* Joanie Laurer (November 2000 and January 2002)
* Gabrielle Reece (January 2001)
* Kiana Tom (May 2002)
* Torrie Wilson (May 2003 and March 2004 (the
latter with Sable))
* Amy Acuff (September 2004)
* Christy Hemme (April 2005)
* Amanda Beard (July 2007)
Linda Evans (July 1971)
* Shannen Doherty (March 1994 and December 2003)
* Farrah Fawcett (December 1995 and July 1997)
* Women of Baywatch (June 1998)
* Claudia Christian (October 1999)
* Shari Belafonte (September 2000)
* Brooke Burke (May 2001 and November 2004)
* Gena Lee Nolin (December 2001)
* Rachel Hunter (April 2004)
* Charisma Carpenter (June 2004)
success of Playboy magazine has led PEI to market
other versions of the magazine, the Special Editions
(formerly called News Stand Specials), such as
Playboy's College Girls and Playboy's Book of
Lingerie, as well as the Playboy video collection.
growth of the Internet prompted the magazine to
develop an official web presence called Playboy
Online or Playboy.com, which is the official website
for Playboy Enterprises, and an online companion
to Playboy magazine. The site has been available
online since 1994. As part of the online presence,
Playboy developed a pay web site called the Playboy
Cyber Club in 1995 which features online chats,
additional pictorials & videos of Playmates
and Playboy Cyber Girls that are not featured
in the magazine, as well as archives of past Playboy
articles and interviews. Playboy Cyber Club has
opened up a new door for girls interested in posing.
It is much easier to access, because it is online.
It attracts just about as many as the magazine,
and brought a whole new line of girls. Some Playmates
start in Cyber Club and work their way to the
magazine. In September 2005, Playboy launched
the online edition of the magazine Playboy Digital.
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically
Handicapped (NLS) has published a Braille edition
of Playboy since 1970. The Braille version includes
all the written words in the non-Braille magazine,
but no pictorial representations. Congress cut
off funding for the Braille magazine translation
in 1985, but U.S. District Court Judge Thomas
Hogan reversed the decision on First Amendment
2003, a WWE Diva has posed nude and appeared on
the cover every year:
* 2000: Chyna
* 2003: Torrie Wilson
* 2004: Torrie Wilson and Sable
* 2005: Christy Hemme
* 2006: Candice Michelle
* 2007: Ashley Massaro
playmates, such as Carmella DeCesare and Karen
McDougal have also appeared in Diva Search in
2004. Trish Stratus, Lita, Maria Kanellis, Debra,
Sharmell Huffman, Stacy Keibler and Melina Perez
have all actively refused to pose nude for Playboy
magazine. Stratus has appeared on sports talk
show Off The Record and said that she didn't pose
because she wanted to be known as "multiple
time Women's Champion Trish Stratus" rather
than "the girl who posed in Playboy."
Stratus also claims that she refused the shoot
because she says she can still be sexy without
taking her clothes off. Dumas has said that she
didn't pose because she felt it was wrong for
her character (who was known as a role model for
young girls at the time) to pose for the magazine.
Stacy refused to pose as she believes it would
be better if she "left something for the
imagination." Maria has said that she does
not wish to embarrass her sister, who is still
in high school.
Lynn Sytch (Sunny) claimed to have refused an
offer by Playboy to pose for the magazine. However,
Rena Mero (Sable) later claimed that Playboy had
actually never approached Sytch, and that Sytch
had fabricated the whole story. (Credit:
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