Has Playboy Stopped Featuring Nude Models?

Less than a month after news landed that Pirelli had shunned their usual sexy calendar models for those famed for their positive influences on the world, Hugh Hefner has revealed that Playboy will also stop using nude models in its print edition.

Yep, chief content officer Cory Jones told the Times: “Don’t get me wrong… 12-year-old me is very disappointed in current me. But it’s the right thing to do.”

The change will come into action as of March when the title will debut a PG-13 redesign, featuring no nude models but similar suggestive poses.

playboy While Playboy will no longer use nude models, suggestive poses are still acceptable

 

 

 

According to executives, banning nudes should attract a wider readership since Playboy circulation figures have dropped from 5.6 million in 1975 to 800,000 today.

Previously, Pirelli’s inaugural glossy calendar underwent a similar change.

Instead of the usual line-up, Pirelli confirmed that the 2016 calendar will feature 13 strong and influential women who have helped shaped our world for the better. 

 

Tavi Gevinson 19-year-old Tavi Gevinson will also star in the calendar

 

The project is being curated and captured by lauded photographer Annie Leibovitz, whose incredible career includes work with Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair. She has shot everyone from Angelina Jolie to Meryl Streep, and we can’t think of anyone better to create the new intimate portraits of the women currently shaping our world.

The new format means that Pirelli regulars such as Gigi Hadid and Karlie Kloss will be replaced with the likes of Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, Amy Schumer and tennis Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, as we reported recently. They will be joined by other inspirational women from the arts and business sectors including actress Yao Chen and American businesswoman Mellody Hobson.

Natalia Vodianova Model Natalia Vodianova will make her debut as a Pirelli calendar star

 

 

 

 

Speaking about the project to Vogue, Leibovitz was quick to highlight her vision and how she plans on breaking the tried and tested Pirelli formula:

“I started to think about the roles that women play, women who have achieved something. I wanted to make a classic set of portraits. I thought that the women should look strong but natural, and I decided to keep it a very simple exercise of shooting in the studio.”

Yoko ono Designer Yoko Ono getting touched up for the shoot

 

 

 

 

Legendary musician and poet Patti Smith is a long term friend of Leibovitz, and has worked with her many times. For a feminine revolutionary like Patti, signing up for the project needed no second thought:

“It was fantastic because I’ve been shooting with Annie since the 70s, and so we’ve been through the trenches together,” Patti told Vogue. “I was very surprised that I was asked, and I was very proud that I was asked, and I think that Annie is doing something unique and different, and Pirelli is making a bold move. I look at Annie’s project not as a protest, but as a celebration.”

Fran Lebowitz Author and public speaker Fran Lebowitz at the calendar shoot

 

 

 

A celebration indeed. This is one calendar we want on our office wall.