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Marilyn Monroe, 1953

Iconic actress Marilyn Monroe was the perfect person to launch Playboy magazine. Selling for 50 cents, the first ever issue was produced in Hugh Hefner’s kitchen. Surprisingly, Monroe never posed for the magazine. Instead, Hefner used nude photos of her taken from a calendar.
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Marilyn Monroe, Kim Kardashian and Donald Trump: Playboy's most iconic magazine covers

As the news hit the world that Playboy founder Hugh Hefner had passed away, people began reminiscing on the 91-year-old’s many magazine covers.

Originally pinned as a magazine for men, Playboy magazine kickstarted in 1953 with a photo of Marilyn Monroe on the makeshift cover.

Over the years, Hefner featured his beloved Playmates along with some of the world’s top celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Charlize Theron and Madonna.

Top models have also graced the cover (think British names Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss) as well as Marge Simpson and President Donald Trump. Yes, the actual President of the United States was once a Playboy cover model.

Nude or fully clothed, here are the most iconic covers in the magazine’s 64 year history.

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