A Tribute to Hugh Hefner
Decades of Playboy
Playboy is a men’s lifestyle and entertainment magazine. It was founded in Chicago in 1953, by Hugh Hefner and his associates and funded in part by a $1,000 loan from Hefner’s mother. Notable for its centerfolds of nude and semi-nude Playmates. Playboy played an important role in the sexual revolution and remains one of the world’s best-known brands. Lets begin with Marilyn from the first issue of the publication.
This issue was an instant success, selling 50,000 copies almost immediately. Hugh Hefner was a man who devoted his life to the appreciation of the female body. Beginning with Marilyn
he would show the world that the taboo of nudity would soon come to an end.
Hugh gifted us with a gorgeous front and back cover for the Playboy holiday issue. The beautiful Ms. Sheralee Conners graced us with a peek of every man’s best holiday gift.
Hugh loved his playmates, on this cover he included all of the ladies that adorned the covers of 1975’s issues.
His love for beauty did not end at the pool that Hollywood had to offer. He stretched his reach into the world of high fashion and brought forth the face and curves of supermodel Cindy Crawford to this issue.
Pamela Anderson had 13 covers to her name, more than any Playmate in history.
For the magazine’s 60th anniversary, Kate Moss graced the cover in the the iconic bunny outfit. The most super of supermodels had an unprecedented 18-page pictorial inside.
In 2015 Playboy announced it would no longer publish pictures of fully nude women because such images were “passé” in the internet age, but they returned in 2017. “Today we’re taking our identity back and reclaiming who we are,” Hefner said.
Hugh Hefner passed away at 91 leaving behind the Playboy legacy. He was laid to rest beside Marilyn Monroe in Westwood Village Memorial Park, located in Los Angeles, California.
Written by Ella Benitez.