Playboy to Stop Publishing Pictures of Naked Women

By Elizabeth Bowley.
As part of a redesign Playboy is to abandon nudity in its magazines. So if you were reading the magazine for the articles anyway, there is no need to panic!


Playboy reached its sales peak in 1972, selling a whopping 7.2 million copies. But now sales have fallen to 800,000. Playboy’s owners are blaming this change on the internet, making pornography easily accessible and nudity in magazines no longer commercially viable. However, women will still appear in numerous provocative poses in the magazine – just without the nudity.


The iconic adult magazine has been going for 62 years, helping to spark the sexual revolution, which can be seen through the numerous Playboy bunnies that pop up in our archive. Throughout the years, many high profile female stars have appeared on the cover of Playboy, including Marilyn Monroe, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Brigitte Bardot. And even Marge Simpson has made an appearance!


At its peak Playboy was a magazine of great political and cultural significance. Receiving interviews from the likes of John Lennon, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. Jimmy Carter, the Presidential candidate, even admitted in his interview that, although married, he “looked on a lot of women with lust”. Playboy was also the first men’s magazine to be published in Braille in 1970.

Playboy today makes most of its money from licensing its iconic rabbit logo to sell products worldwide.

We’ll have to watch this space to see what the future holds for the new covered-up Playboy.


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