No more nude pics in Playboy

As part of a redesign that will be unveiled next March, the print edition of Playboy will feature women in provocative poses, but no longer be in the buff

Washington: Playboy, the adult magazine that launched in 1953 with a sultry Marilyn Monroe on its cover will stop publishing the photographs of the fully nude women so closely associated with it.

The decision came after a top editor of the magazine met with its founder Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion last month.
Starting in March, Playboy’s revamped print edition will still include photographs of women in provocative poses.

“You’re now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. And so it’s just passe at this juncture,” Scott Flanders, chief executive officer of the magazine said.

It’s a remarkable move for a magazine that came onto the scene by breaking the taboo of showing women au naturel. But with pornographic images now so readily available online, and accessible via a variety of connected devices, Playboy’s circulation decreased from 5.6 million in 1975 to about 800,000 copies worldwidenow.

In order to be allowed
on now-ubiquitous social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram that drive Internet traffic, Playboy has already made some content safe for work, according to Flanders. For its latest redesign, the magazine sought to answer the question: “if you take nudity out, what’s left?” he explained.

1953 The year in which the magazine was launched

8lakh The circulation of Playboy worldwide

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