Playboy used to be the golden magazine that young boys would sneak into their bedrooms to get a glimpse of the nude centerfolds. But it looks like that will become a thing of the past, and you can blame the internet for that.
Playboy made the shocking announcement that the magazine will no longer publish nude photos in their monthly issues. The company thinks that its logo is more important than those tastefully nude centerfolds. Playboy is aware that its brand needs to make light of the changes of the times. Now that nude photos and adult content is widespread and available on the internet, Playboy chief executive Scott Flanders told the New York Times that displaying nude photos inside the pages of a magazine at this point and time is kind of antiquated.
Not only that, but nudity has become not such a big deal. Thanks to nude photo scandals and celebrity sex tapes, it’s so common to see famous people in the buff, especially if you’re a huge fan of them. Kim Kardashian and Miley Cyrus do it all the time. If “The Fappening” taught us anything last year, it’s that people still love to see celebrities in the buff. It also taught us that posing in the buff is not as scandalous as it used to be.
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But Playboy can’t even sell nudity on social media since Facebook and Instagram’s policies don’t allow it. So, what do they do? They do away with the concept instead, which is a shame for men and young boys since the point of Playboy was seeing women in the nude. Even though some have joked that they read it for the articles. Will the magazine become another Maxim or Sports Illustrated? Only time will tell.
But Playboy’s new non-nude policy won’t stop Kim Kardashian and a former Playmate from stripping down to nearly nothing.
Infamous celebrity gossip blog Hollywood Life claims that the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star wants to be the last famous person to pose nude for the magazine, after she gives birth to her second child.
“Kim has already talked to Kanye about losing her baby weight as part of her New Year’s resolution and wants to be the last person to ever pose nude in Playboy. She wants to lose the weight and have it memorialized in the pages of Playboy to end an era.”
The rumor kind of makes sense since the famous Kardashian sister posed for the popular men’s magazine in December 2007. She then broke the internet when she posed nude for Paper Magazine, shortly after giving birth to her first child, North West.
But Kardashian’s reps have told rumor-breaking news site, Gossip Cop, that those rumors are “false,” along with “pure fantasy” and “untrue.” So, don’t expect Kim Kardashian to pose nude. Not for the pages of Playboy magazine, anyway.
And now former Playmates are giving their input on Playboy’s swift decision. Jamie Lee Sasso, a Playmate from South Florida, told Local 10 News that she’s shocked by the magazine’s announcement, and is unsure about the magazine’s future.
“It’s definitely not going to be the same. I don’t know what the future is for Playboy.”
Lee Sasso, previously known as Jamie Westenhiser, was grown and raised in Hollywood. When the former swimsuit model’s career grew at the young age of 23, she decided to pose in Playboy‘s centerfold as Miss May in 2005. Her life took a turn when she became a full-time mother and holistic health coach, but she doesn’t have any regrets about her wild and lavish past.
“My lifestyle is totally different. I did it and it was fun, and I don’t have any regrets.”
But former Playboy Playmate Helena Antonaccio still insists on posing in the buff, but not for the magazine. She says that she still shares tasteful nudes for her paid subscribers on her eponymous website, according to NJ.com. The former Miss June 1969 says that she believes the problem isn’t that nude photos are easy to find on the internet. It’s that people want tasteful nude photos.
“I’m on Facebook, and people are just bombarding me now with emails. Baby boomers are saying, ‘Oh, it’s so great, back then it wasn’t so trashy. It was classy.’ I think people are still looking for that.”
The 66-year-old model says that there is nothing wrong with her nude photos. She admits that she doesn’t show anything except for her behind.
“It’s PG. I’m nude, but there’s no sexually explicit pictures. It’s pin-up pictures. And my a**, but it’s very tasteful.”
Playboy plans to ditch its nude centerfolds by March 2016, according to the Times report. What are your thoughts on the men’s magazine dropping the nude photos? Do you think it’s the end of the Playboy era as we know it? Share your thoughts below in the comments section.
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