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.Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for non-stop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. For Twitter updates, follow @YahooStyleUK.Read more from Yahoo Style UK:Iconic Playboy models re-enact famous covers – decades after first shooting themGwyneth Paltrow poses semi-nude in mud for Goop’s first magazine coverThe ultimate power couple magazine covers
Almost a year ago, Playboy magazine decided to revamp its entire image by banning nudity from its somewhat seedy pages. Cooper Hefner, Playboy‘s chief creative officer, was originally opposed to the idea back in 2016.
When Miley Cyrus posed for Annie Leibovitz in 2008, her fans went nuts. The provocative spread for Vanity Fair, which featured Cyrus semi-nude wrapped in a sheet, effectively squashed the Disney image the star had built up. Millions began to see her in a different light.
What Playboy’s board is actually insinuating, sadly, is that it has become so routine to see naked women on the internet, that Playboy Magazine has had to loosen their grip on that particular USP. Instead, the magazine is simply admitting that its lost foothold in the market, not because tastes have matured, but because the internet has overwhelmingly gratified the desire to see images of naked female “perfection” with every mouse click.