On September 27, 2017 Hugh Hefner died at the age of 91 in the Playboy Mansion. It is said that he died of natural causes. He lived a good, long life as the man who built the Playboy Empire, established in 1953. The first issue of Playboy was published in December of that same year with no cover date because Hefner was unsure if there would even be a second issue. However, with Marilyn Monroe on the front cover sales sky rocketed, selling more than 50,000 copies.
I decided to create a feminist alternative for Playboy Enterprises to rebrand the way society looks at women based on the recent changes within the company.
The Playgirl Player’s purpose is to provide cultural reassurance that women exist to satisfy themselves as human beings; whether it be mental or physical stimulation, she is an embodiment of inner beauty, intellect, and open sexuality. Moving forward, the Playgirl Player is in support of the ‘no nudity policy’ that Playboy has issued and wants it to continue as a long-term initiative of Enterprise. Hugh Hefner is 90 years old; so, the Playgirl Player has decided to continue his legacy in a new way by forming various outlets for/by women:
Playboy is noted as the most famous and bestselling American men’s magazine in the world evolving from just a magazine to an Enterprise including Playboy online, TV, and radio.
Due to growth in new wave feminism and technological advances, we must ask ourselves is Playboy Enterprises even needed anymore? Women are fighting for their rights and breaking down the walls of traditional gender roles every day; while the internet simultaneously has communities of weird fetish people collaborating and sharing their sexual fantasies or even the unlimited amount of dating apps like Tinder, offered to society on their mobile devices.
Playboy Enterprises has evolved since its’ inception in 1953 to the Playboy Club & Playboy Bunny in 1960 to Playboy TV in 1982 and Playboy Fashion in 2002 to the 60th anniversary in 2013. The company has grown from an adult men’s entertainment magazine to a whole enterprise of media avenues that creates the idea that women existing only as hypersexual objects for the pleasure of the male gaze and physical satisfaction.
However, the evolution of Playboy Enterprises has brought society to a point of revelation and metamorphosis by which the same company that sexualized women is now giving women the opportunity to be beautiful in a realistic way.
So with the changing era, here is my Top 10 list of the Most Iconic Playboy Issues.
In 1953, writer and illustrator, Hugh Hefner, incorporates HMH Publishing Co. Inc. in Delaware on October 1st. The first issue of Playboy, a men’s adult entertainment magazine, was published in December of that same year with no cover date because Hefner was unsure if there would be a second issue. However, with Marilyn Monroe on the cover page, it sold more than 50,000 copies.