Actress and model Jenny McCarthy is set to pose for Playboy again, nearly 20 years after she made her first Playboy appearance in 1993.
Back in the 90’s, McCarthy rose to fame rapidly- after her Playboy debut 19 years ago, she was named Playmate of the Month in October and then, Playmate of the Year. McCarthy quickly moved on to television, starting out first with Playboy content before being recruited to MTV for the popular 90’s dating show Singled Out.
From there, McCarthy was very visible as a host on the network before striking out to television and film later in the decade. She married and gave birth to a son Evan in 2002, later revealing in 2005 that the boy had been diagnosed with autism. This revelation led to a rather public and still ongoing controversy that McCarthy helped publicized and became widely associated with, pertaining to a now-discredited theory about vaccines and autism.
Even now, mention of Jenny McCarthy’s name is enough to rile vaccine advocates into volcanic anger, as her assertions that she believed the MMR vaccine may have precipitated her son’s autism diagnosis undoubtedly influenced some parents to not vaccinate or to delay vaccination. But after years of activism, McCarthy is going back to her roots, posing for Hef’s mag in the July 2012 edition of Playboy.