Hugh Hefner the creator of Playboy Magazine has died at his home in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles. He was 91 years old. Hefner sold the infamous Playboy Mansion last year to 34 year old business owner Darren Metropoulos for $110 million. Hefner made a deal with Metropoulos last year that he would live in the mansion until his death. Metropoulos is the co-owner of Hostess Brands.
The first issue of Playboy Magazine was published in 1953, when Hefner was 27 years old. Over the years many famous, and women who have went on to be famous after making an appearance in the magazine include: Shannen Doherty (1994), Lindsay Lohan (2012), Drew Barrymore (1995), Vanity (Prince protege and singer, 1985 & 1988), Farrah Fawcett (1995 & 1997), Madonna (1995), Aubrey O’day (2009), Sharon Stone (1990 & 1992), Garcelle Beauvais (2007), Naomi Campbell (1999), Carmen Electra (2003 & 2009), Robin Givens (1994), Brooke Burke (2001 & 2004), Jenny Mccarthy (94′, 96′, 97′, 05′ & 2012), Kim Kardashian (2007), Stacey Dash (2006), Ursula Andress (1965 & 1981), Pamela Anderson( too many times to list), Jayne Mansfield (1955 & 1963), Kim Basinger (1983), Bo Derek (80′, 81′, 84′ & 1994), Cindy Crawford (88′, 96′ & 1998)
Hugh Hefner & Playboy Magazine managed to change the world’s opinion of naked women. Where it was once looked at as trashy, Hefner managed to transform the general public’s opinion into seeing naked women in public as something not to be ashamed of, but something to be proud of and proud to put on display. It might not sound like much today, but people were a lot more uptight in the 50’s & 60’s during the magazine’s rise to stardom. Playboy transformed into “the classy nudity magazine.” It was this reputation that separated Playboy from other nudie magazines like Hustler & Penthouse. It was also this reputation that attracted star quality women to the magazine. Playboy done away with the nudity in 2016 when they released their first non-nude issue in March of that year. Hefner’s son, and heir to the Playboy throne, Cooper, brought the nudity back about a year later in the magazines March/April 2017 issue. Hugh Hefner was many things, but one thing that can’t be argued is that he was a visionary. The little magazine that started in 1953 is a multi million dollar business today. Playboy Enterprises is reportedly worth north of $200 million today. That my friend, is what you call a legacy! #RIPHEF