Michelle Smith has previously received funding from the Australian Research Council. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. The passing of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner prompted both positive and negative eulogising. From one perspective, he was a revolutionary who helped to dismantle the long-standing secrecy and shame surrounding sexuality. And from another , he simply popularised the objectification of women for the gratification of men. Yet the fallout from the exploitative images did not significantly tarnish the Playboy name or Hugh Hefner.
Playboy, Brooke Shields and the fetishisation of young girls
A photo taken at the opening of the very first Playboy Club in Chicago in The first Playboy magazine hit the shelves in and in , the late Hugh Hefner opened what would be the very first Playboy Club in Chicago. Other clubs would quickly emerge in more than twenty locations including Boston, Wisconsin, and Los Angeles, as well as more elaborate Playboy Club Resorts which you could visit in Jamaica and Manila. Naturally, Hef was already a member of the Gaslight Club as it featured his favorite thing—half-naked women with large breasts everywhere you looked. According to Victor Lownes III , the executive of HMH Publishing Company which would later become Playboy Enterprises in he recalled that the article received over 3, letters from readers of Playboy inquiring as to how they too could join this exclusive club. At least they read one in
How Times Have Changed, Ex-Playboy Bunnies Say
Hugh Hefner's ex, Izabella St. It became significantly worse when Holly moved in with her first dog and then got another. Many a late night or early morning we stepped in her dog's pee, or worse, poop. She was known as Hef's main girlfriend, but that position caused her stress and despair. She turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with the challenges she encountered living in the Playboy Mansion.
In December , year-old Hugh Hefner published the very first Playboy magazine. This first edition of Playboy was pages long and had no date on its cover because Hefner wasn't sure there would be a second edition. In that first run, Hefner sold 54, copies of Playboy magazine at 50 cents each. The first edition sold so well because Marilyn Monroe was the "Sweetheart of the Month" which was thereafter termed "playmate".