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More on Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy magazine
This is a follow-up on Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy magazine. Recently, I came across additional information that sheds light on why too many Playboy centerfolds in recent years have been masculinized women.
Hefner has admitted to “experimenting with bisexuality.” This lends credibility to Jill Spaulding’s claim that Hefner likes to watch gay pornography while having sex with this girfriends.
Here are some pictures of the woman Hefner married in 1989, Kimberley Conrad:
Note the masculine face of Kimberley Conrad. Someone in Hefner’s position surely was not restricted to masculinized women for a potential wife.
Playboy magazine currently pays $25,000 to centerfold models (Playmates) and over $100,000 (not sure of the exact amount) to Playmate of the Year. These amounts are massive compared to what the typical nude model gets, which would at best be a few hundred dollars per hour. Photographers of nude women for men’s publications disproportionately recruit women from Eastern Europe because it is the only region where attractive nude models with international appeal can be recruited for cheap, thanks to the poverty there. For instance, Domai, a website featuring artistic nudity, typically pays photographers $400 for a photo shoot of a nude model comprising of 70-150 pictures, and the [most likely Eastern European] nude model obviously earns only a part of this money.
Playboy Enterprises Inc. obviously has a lot of funds and enough of a high profile to pay $25,000 to a nude centerfold, and given the magazine’s potential to bring mainstream fame to a woman who appears nude in Playboy, Playboy magazine is in a position to attract the best-looking women that are willing to pose nude. Yet, we get women like the following centerfolds in the magazine:
Krista Kelly, Christina Marie Leardini, Natalia Sokolova
Anna Nicole Smith, Elke Jeinsen, Shae Marks
Shauna Sand, Stephanie Glasson, Jacqueline Sheen
Colleen Marie, Dalene Kurtis, Vanessa Hoelsher
Kerri Kendall, Cara Michelle, Victoria Alynette Fuller
Victoria Silvstedt, Divini Rae, Deborah Driggs
All the centerfolds shown immediately above are taken from the 1990s to present, and constitute only a few illustrative examples. There are plenty of other masculinized Playmates, whose level of masculinization will surprise numerous people if Playboy magazine showed clear pictures of them, i.e., no airbrushing or blurring. There has been a trend of increasing masculinization among Playmates since the inception of the magazine (1953).
Just contrast the Playmates shown above with the following women, all taken from the attractive women section of this site.
Now we can figure out the most likely reason behind the masculinization trend among Playboy centerfolds. Hugh Hefner, the ultimate decision maker regarding who gets to be a Playmate, appears to be a bisexual and likes masculinized women. When he founded the magazine, the feminine female form was in the limelight, and Hefner could not have gone against it while he was trying to establish the magazine. In addition, the silicon gel breast implant was not available then, which would be required to add pseudo-femininity to the often naturally small breasts of insufficiently feminine nude centerfolds. Indeed, breast implants have been common among Playmates in recent years.
When Playboy magazine was established, it had no competitors, and was quickly able to attain widespread recognition. When the competition came, it was in the form of magazines such as Penthouse and Hustler, both focusing on genitals, which they probably had to in order to compete with Playboy by offering something that Playboy didn’t, which in turn made these magazines less respectable in mainstream society and limited the number of attractive women willing to pose nude in them. With the advent of the internet, a huge number of websites featuring nudity came into existence, and this has made it very difficult for a particular website to attain the recognition of Playboy magazine. Therefore, resting on Playboy’s widespread recognition -- as well as resorting to posing tricks, women with breast implants and airbrushing -- Hefner has been able to get away with recruiting a greater proportion of masculinized nude models over the years. Whereas the magazine has lost circulation to the tune of millions, it still sells millions of copies, and Christie Hefner, Hugh Hefner’s daughter, who happens to be the CEO of Playboy Enterprises Inc., has saved Playboy from further decline by expanding Playboy Enterprises to include a TV network, video productions, etc.
Interestingly, Hefner has been responsible for both establishing a notorious/famous publication and then ruining it by increasingly bringing the centerfolds in line with his preference for masculinized women and also because in numerous cases he has undoubtedly been obliged to feature some women as centerfolds in exchange for having sex with him, and few of these women are expected to be attractive because attractive women would be the least likely to have sex with an old man in exchange for being made a Playmate. This is unfortunate from the perspective of seeing feminine beauty in the limelight. Whereas this website is not particularly interested in bringing the feminine nude form into the limelight -- the choice of mostly nude models for various illustrative purposes, including showcasing attracting women, has to do with few reasonable alternatives at present -- if there is one high-profile group/organization/publication capable of bringing the attractive nude female form, i.e., a feminine form as far as most people are concerned, to the limelight, then Playboy magazine is the most capable, but Hefner has ruined it.
Christie Hefner would be best advised to ensure that after Hugh Hefner passes away, the person who makes the final decision about who gets to be a Playmate happens to be a lifetime-exclusive heterosexual, preferably with some artistic skills and an eye for women. This person could easily increase the magazine’s circulation by the hundreds of thousands if not millions while doing an excellent job at bringing feminine beauty to the limelight.