Alexander Lendrum

Editorial curator, born and raised in Hong Kong.

Bringing Back The Nudes: Playboy Magazine Reintroduces Naked Photoshoots

Playboy Magazine, the most internationally recognized title associated with nude photoshoots, established a ban a year ago that changed the very thing that made it the go-to source for adult entertainment: nude photoshoots. The decision was made mostly in part to sales-related reasoning, with thinking that the magazine being devoid of any images of nakedness would help boost its revenue and fix its sales problems–not an issue of censorship or sensitivity that one might quickly assume. ““I’ll be the first to admit that the way in which the magazine portrayed nudity was dated, but nudity was never the problem because nudity isn’t a problem,” explains newly appointed chief creative officer and Hugh’s son Cooper Hefner.

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The news itself was recently posted on Playboy’s official Twitter account, stating that #NakidIsNormal for its next issue set for March/April 2017, featuring the picture-perfect Elizabeth Elam on the cover. Playboy Magazine, and magazine’s in general, especially titled with a long history, have always dealt with the struggle of the changing of times, but it’s good to hear that Playboy is being conscious and active in its attempts to educate through its specific avenue. It’s also a interesting bridge between the generations, with Cooper stating, “This is a remarkably special moment personally and professionally that I get to share this issue of Playboy magazine with my Dad, as well as with readers. It is a reflection of how the brand can best connect with my generation and generations to come.”

Alexander Lendrum

Editorial curator, born and raised in Hong Kong.