I always thought that it was a magazine for women, but men were trying to buy the slide. 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. Lambert, a nightclub owner in Garden Grove, California, decided to get in on the action. At its peak during the late seventies, each issue sold around 1. But bowing to the prevailing negative view of gay men — homosexuality was classified as a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association until 1974 — Playgirl aggressively downplayed that crossover in its press and marketing.
Nobody told me it was a nude centerfold! 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. And they could also exploit their nudity in far more lucrative or attention-grabbing platforms. The magazine went all-out to promote Levi's cover, hosting one of their legendary issue-release parties. It is the role of Everything But The House to offer these items for sale as sensitively as possible, with equal respect to all. Celeste Fremon fashion and beauty editor, 1970s—80s : The idea of Playgirl, that women could have their own Playboy magazine, was—in the beginning—this grand act of rebellion. Don Stroud actor, November 1973 centerfold : I grew up on the beach in Waikiki. 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.
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. Daniel Nardicio: When I first went into the offices, it was all straight men and they had titles like Barely Legal. He was so ebullient and thrilled to introduce me to his wife. While a small handful of black celebrities won covers, including L. There were lines around the block to get in. In the eighties, Playgirl changed direction, favoring celebrity covers. Over time, that number has been internally described to employees as more like 80 percent.
As anyone can point out, every smartphone and computer is just a few clicks away from all kinds of depravity to which Playboy, Hustler and Penthouse can't even come close. So in the summer of 1971, Lambert, along with William Miles Jr. Posing nude wouldn't necessarily hurt an actor's career anymore, says Nardicio. These were middle-aged, working-class women who would get a copy of it every month and sit there on their break cackling and looking at it. A lounging man from November 1973. Women don't like to look at big dicks. That's a bold initiative for a product you could buy while on a diaper run or pumping gas.
By Jun 24, 2017 Douglas Lambert wanted to give Playboy a run for its money. . Isn't that a gay magazine? Girls don't wanna see a guy's asshole. I still think this may be some sort of hoax, but last week, Playboy magazine announced that they would no longer be featuring fully naked women in their magazine. I very much gravitate towards cock. Playgirl was the bastard stepchild that they didn't focus on, because they're guys, so they don't gravitate towards cock. Zina Klapper: Some of the people on the editorial staff had come out of the porn industry because Larry Flynt had moved Hustler from Ohio to L.
Dian Hanson: The notion at all the sex mags I worked for was that blacks were a much smaller demographic than whites. Closeted men comprised…certainly a very large part of the readership. Those were all jokes, by the way, but this Playboy news is huge. We don't wanna see that. I felt like Palin was going around touting this holier-than-thou-family thing, but meanwhile her daughter was having kids out of wedlock—it was a political moment for me that I got to orchestrate. While Lambert's first test issue of Playgirl was under development, Cosmopolitan's iconoclastic editor-in-chief Helen Gurley Brown made waves by publishing the first nude male centerfold: a teasing image of movie star Burt Reynolds on a bearskin rug. At first, the magazine didn't overtly market to gay men.
I wish you all the luck in the world. Subscriptions weren't in people's right names — it was always initials. Gone are the days of stories on breast cancer and marital rape, and interviews with Maya Angelou. Mainstream magazines have always shied away from black cover subjects for fear of turning off white readers, and Playgirl was no exception. My goal was to create a magazine that reached women.
Greg Weiner photographer,19 95—present : Levi was quiet. 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. Dian Hanson : They tried to hire me to edit Playgirl in 1991 and again a few years later. In other news, McDonald's announced that they were no longer serving hamburgers, Starbucks will only serve mineral water, will now play the cello and cats are now going to be helpful. The sex icon of her era, and a mistress of President Kennedy, was the first woman to be immortalized in Playboy.