Playboy Magazine Is Getting Rid of Nudity

The men's magazine is covering up.

— -- Playboy is covering up.

Starting next year, the magazine will no longer feature nudity, Playboy Enterprises, Inc. announced.

The centerfold images have been surrounded with news-making interviews and high-end journalism, along with the pleasure principles of Hefner’s “Playboy philosophy.”

“The political and sexual climate of 1953, the year Hugh Hefner introduced Playboy to the world, bears almost no resemblance to today,” Playboy Enterprises CEO Scott Flanders said in a news release announcing the change. “We are more free to express ourselves politically, sexually and culturally today, and that’s in large part thanks to Hef’s heroic mission to expand those freedoms. We will stay true to those core values with this new vision of Playboy’s future. Once our readers see all of the innovative changes we’re making to the magazine, we’re confident they will love the end product when it debuts next year.”

Digital and cultural shifts have eroded the magazine’s readership, from a high of 5.6 million 40 years ago, to 800,000 today. But the company’s brand and marketing presence remain strong.

The shift, which goes into effect with the March 2016 issue, follows the 2014 re-launch of Playboy.com as a safe-for-work site.

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