A Historical Background Of Playboy Magazine

A Historical Background Of Playboy Magazine



A Historical Background of​ Playboy Magazine
Playboy Magazine continues to​ be the​ premiere American adult magazine selling over one million copies every month in​ the​ U.S., fifty-three years after its inaugural issue .​
Indeed Playboy magazine has surpassed the​ true test of​ time from its first issue in​ 1953 with none other than Marilyn Monroe as​ the​ centerfold .​
Despite getting banned from various countries due to​ explicit pictures of​ its female models, Playboy magazine’s sales continue to​ increase.
Playboy Magazine was founded by Hugh Hefner (affectionately known as​ Hef) and​ his associates who formed Playboy Enterprises, Inc .​
Hef, initially wanted to​ name his magazine Stag Party, obviously aiming for​ male readers .​
However, Stag Company had patented the​ name and​ threatened to​ sue Hefner and​ his associates if​ they proceeded to​ use the​ trademarked name .​
After discussing the​ problem they decided to​ think of​ another name .​
One of​ Hef’s associates suggested the​ name playboy, from the​ Playboy Automobile Company where he previously worked.
And so in​ December 1953, the​ first issue of​ Playboy Magazine was published bearing no name, since Hefner was not sure at​ that time whether a​ second issue would be published .​
The first issue’s centerfold was a​ picture of​ Marilyn Monroe, which was originally intended for​ a​ calendar issue .​
But, despite the​ uncertainty on the​ second issue of​ the​ Playboy magazine, the​ maiden issue was sold out in​ two weeks time .​
Actual sales for​ the​ maiden issue of​ Playboy were pegged at​ 53,991.
With the​ success in​ sales of​ the​ first issue, Hefner and​ his associates moved on and​ published the​ second issue .​
This time, Playboy magazine’s official logo, that of​ a​ bunny wearing a​ tuxedo bow tie was born .​
The rabbit was chosen to​ be the​ official mascot of​ the​ magazine for​ the​ animal’s playfulness, which is​ what the​ magazine was trying to​ impress upon its readers.
Through the​ years, Playboy Magazine has featured many celebrities including Marilyn Monroe, Drew Barrymore, Charlize Theron, Madonna, Belinda Carlisle, Tiffany, Shannen Doherty, Katarina Witt among other famous celebrities who have posed for​ the​ magazine in​ their most provocative poses and​ barest beauty .​
These celebrity models were photographed by such notable photographers such as​ Stephen Wayda, Ron Harris, Russ Meyer and​ many others.
Another proof of​ Playboy’s success was the​ string of​ international country specific Playboy editions that came out .​
Playboy International editions were published in​ Brazil, Australia, Argentina, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, among other countries.
Of course, because of​ the​ nature of​ Playboy magazine, it​ was not widely accepted in​ some of​ the​ more conservative countries .​
Most countries in​ the​ Asian have banned the​ sale and​ publication of​ Playboy magazine due to​ what is​ described as​ its lewd nature and​ vulgarity that is​ contradictory to​ the​ norms and​ values of​ the​ people.
During the​ 1970s, when Playboy magazine reached its peak, circulation of​ the​ magazine dwindled down .​
This was attributed to​ the​ rise of​ new competitors in​ the​ adult magazine business, such as​ Penthouse .​
The proliferation of​ adult videos also contributed to​ the​ decline in​ sales of​ the​ magazine.
Currently, Playboy magazine is​ being run by Hefner’s daughter, Christie who assumed the​ post of​ Chief Executive officer in​ 1988.




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