Playboy is close to my heart. For those of you who aren’t aware and may not have read my About page, I used to model for Playboy. It was actually the reason I moved to California years ago. Although I was never a centerfold, I had many years of fun being a Playboy model.
I learned a lot about beautiful girls. The inner story of how they really felt about who they are, how they feel, what they want, the men who made their hearts beat, and the men they were chasing away.
While I was in the planning stages with Girls Unedited, Playboy decided to remove nudity from their magazine. Their March 2016 issue was their first non-nude magazine.
I thought this turnaround would be a great blog topic, whether it was good or bad. Had I launched Girls Unedited sooner, I wanted the topic to be one of my first blog posts. If you didn’t hear, they decided to go back to nudes. So ironic! Now, when I actually launched Girls Unedited, Playboy is back to nudity.
In Fortune magazine, Cooper Hefner, the Chief Creative Officer said “It was a mistake to remove nudity from the magazine.” Cooper, the son of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, said “Nudity was never a problem because nudity isn’t a problem. Today we are taking our identity back and reclaiming who we are.”
In another statement, Cooper admitted the way Playboy had portrayed nudity was dated. I agree: naked is normal. The female body is sensual and real. Nudity isn’t dirty unless the context is.
I bought the new March/April 2017 edition of Playboy’s “Nude is Normal” issue with the stunning Elizabeth Elam on the cover. In reclaiming their identity, I give Cooper Hefner a Hi-5! As a professional photographer by trade, I think the magazine portrays incredible artistic shots of beautiful women and photography. It’s nice to see Playboy back to its roots.