Playboy magazine has announced it is bringing back nudity, reversing a decision made last year. The move was announced by Playboy's new chief creative officer Cooper Hefner, who said the decision to remove nudity entirely "was a mistake". Some social media users welcomed the U-turn, describing it as a "good call", while others said the decision was taken "because the magazines weren't selling too well. Too bad free porn is still easy to access".
Out with the old, in with the nude: Playboy brings back naked women | Magazines | The Guardian
Though a representative for Playboy Enterprises, Inc. Today we're taking our identity back and reclaiming who we are. Model Elizabeth Elam will appear on the cover, and on Instagram , she wrote that she's proud to be a part of a dialogue about sexuality. We can be oversexualized and we can be made to feel ashamed of our bodies. I've never subscribed to those narratives, and this issue of Playboy celebrates that," she wrote. On top of that Playboy has always put a person behind the face. I was so excited to talk about things that are important to me, and read them echoed throughout the issue.
Sarah Niblock does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. But it was not a declaration that pulled at my heartstrings. In the decades that followed, the publication spawned an entire global empire synonymous with a certain kind of louche bachelorhood. There were clubs in big cities, a private jet bearing the bunny head logo chartered by icons like Elvis, and the famous Hollywood passion palace sex parties, presided over by Hef in his cult-leader robes.
Playboy has gone back to basics in the latest attempt to make over the ailing magazine, restoring nudity to its pages a year after banishing naked women in an effort to boost advertising revenue. The short answer is: times change. Playboy with no nudes was an oxymoron. So this is a step in the right direction. It is reported that the new issue displays breasts and butts, but not full frontal nudity that had typified the publication over most of its year existence.