My dad thought the magazine targeted gays. Nobody told me it was a nude centerfold! Women don't like the whole butt thing. They've suggested that they will continue with interviews and journalism, but focus on including art themes while maintaining an intellectual atmosphere. Two years later, in June 1973, Playgirl's first issue hit the newsstand, with a mission similar to its long-standing counterpart: to feature nude centerfolds alongside hard-hitting features by and for women. He thought that would be harmful to me. In the eighties, Playgirl changed direction, favoring celebrity covers.
By the mid-nineties, black men were featured on group covers, including the magazine's popular roundups of college guys. There were only 70,000 of the first edition printed, because as I previously noted, Heff didn't think his magazine would take off. Jerry Falwell wanted this magazine off the newsstands. Ira Ritter: I can assure you I tried to not have gay men in the magazine. Charmian Carl: Blair Underwood was very proud to have done it.
Neil Feineman special editions editor, 1979—83 : My version of Playgirl was that after six, drugs were okay. But he slowly realized Jenny might be on to something. Item Details A copy of the first issue of Playgirl The Magazine for Women issued in June 1973. Dean Keefer photographer, 1997—present : We never found that many handsome black men wanted to pose for the magazine. Seriously, that's not a joke.
Jill Sieracki associate editor and editor-in-chief, 2002—06 : We'd seen the issues from its heyday in the seventies. Basically, she was so hot that it hurt. After a brief experiment banning frontal nudity in 1987, Playgirl pivoted back to sex and moved from Century City to Manhattan. The magazine in its seventies heyday. A lounging man from November 1973.
That readership included women and men. Daniel Nardicio: When I first went into the offices, it was all straight men and they had titles like Barely Legal. I'd walk past these monitors of genitalia magnified at 200 percent, getting color-corrected. Lambert's wife Jenny saw a bigger opportunity: a magazine with nude male centerfolds. They just never wanted to accept that fantasy crosses racial lines. Cake companies made us penis cakes.
A collection of spreads from the seventies and eighties featuring black men. Women don't really care to see it. How is it possible that there was only one magazine that had that? The magazine filed for Chapter 11 and was taken on by Drake Publishing, helmed by New York publisher Carl Ruderman, who owned men's magazines like High Society and Cheri. I only remember one model who was reluctant to show his penis. My goal was to create a magazine that reached women.
Playboy magazines with naked women are a thing of the past, but it will be interesting to see if they can do anything to keep their name different from publications like Maxim. Neil Feineman: Management was in massive denial over it. A half decent zinger dealt to Vice. We don't want to make a magazine for men to jack off to! Budget was the biggest issue about getting models. What woman wanted to ogle photos of nude men, much less buy a magazine full of them? They were excited to be working for a woman and working with pro-women content in the magazine.
Because Hugh Hefner didn't see his magazine becoming a huge success yet, he didn't even put a date on the first cover more on that later. When I was 18, that was more money than I made in a year. We were in a restaurant and I'm sitting there with all of these women, three martinis into it, listening to them fight. A year later, the magazine returned with a highly touted cover and layout featuring Levi Johnston, the father of one of Sarah Palin's grandchildren. I'll leave it at that. Charles Hovland prospective photographer, 1990s : Playgirl's staff changed a lot. I wish you all the luck in the world.
Her dark hair and bright blue eyes could potentially make her the 50's equivalent to. Despite the headlines Johnston's cover generated, Playgirl stopped regular publication on the print edition for the second time, publishing quarterly or less every year since. It is the role of Everything But The House to offer these items for sale as sensitively as possible, with equal respect to all. In its first year, the magazine claimed 94 percent female readership. I told her it was unfair that Playgirl was not going in the direction it should after 21 years…Women have never been empowered to feel free to explore their sexuality; they feel dirty if they do. Stodgy advertisers perceived Playgirl as unwholesome and a threat to the status quo. They would rather read about it.
I always thought that it was a magazine for women, but men were trying to buy the slide. By Jun 24, 2017 Douglas Lambert wanted to give Playboy a run for its money. She went on to have a decent film career in the 1960's. We were a very threatening magazine for men. Gone are the days of stories on breast cancer and marital rape, and interviews with Maya Angelou. I really wanted to re-create a modern-day Anita Bryant moment.