10 of ‘Playboy’ magazine’s most controversial covers

Here’s a look back at the most controversial ‘Playboy’ covers since Hugh Hefner started the magazine in the ’50s

Published 7:56 PM, September 29, 2017

Updated 7:56 PM, September 29, 2017

‘PLAYBOY.’ Lindsay Lohan’s Marilyn Monroe-inspired cover is one of the magazine’s most controversial. Screengrab from playboy.com

MANILA, Philippines – At the time of Hugh Hefner’s death, Playboy Enterprises, Inc was a global media and entertainment company with magazines, TV networks, and many websites to its name.

In 1953, however, Playboy was just a magazine that Hefner produced in his kitchen.

In memory of Hefner and his legacy, here are 10 of the most controversial Playboy covers that have been released since the magazine began.

December 1953 – Marilyn Monroe

This issue was the first Playboy magazine ever published, produced in Hugh Hefner’s kitchen. The issue, which made quite a stir in the ’50s, used already-published photos of Marilyn on the cover and the inside spread.

Screengrab from playboy.com

Screengrab from playboy.com

June 1962 – A Toast to Bikinis

While this cover on its own was racy in the ’60s, it was also controversial for the optical illusion that occurs when you cover half the photo with your hand, completely hiding the model’s navel.

Screengrab from playboy.com

Screengrab from playboy.com

April 1969 – Loran Hopper

In 1969, Playboy made a statement about gender stereotypes with their cover featuring Loran Hopper.

Screengrab from playboy.com

Screengrab from playboy.com

October 1971 – Darine Stern

Darine Stern was the first black woman on the cover of Playboy.

Screengrab from playboy.com

Screengrab from playboy.com

November 1975 – More Sex in Cinema

Patricia Margot McClain’s pose in the November 1975 issue of Playboy was a response to the rise of the magazine’s competitior Penthouse.

Screengrab from playboy.com

Screengrab from playboy.com

September 1979 – Girls of the Ivy League

Feminists spoke up against the “Girls of the Ivy League” feature in 1979, though college girls had been appearing on Playboy‘s covers for years before then. In 1977, they released a similar cover titled “Girls of the Big 10.”

Screengrab from playboy.com

Screengrab from playboy.com

August 1989 – The Women of Wall Street

Playboy featured 9 women in this issue, but 7 of the 9 were soon unemployed after the magazine was published.

Screengrab from playboy.com

Screengrab from playboy.com

November 1980 – The Women of the US Government

Days before Ronald Reagan won the US presidential election, Playboy released a 10-page spread featuring real-life government employees. After posing for the magazine, two US Navy workers were honorably discharged from service.

Screengrab from playboy.com

Screengrab from playboy.com

February 2008 – Wonder Woman

Feminist comic book fans criticized the February 2008 cover featuring Playmate of the Year Tiffany Fallon, whose body was painted in Wonder Woman’s costume.

January/February 2012 – Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan’s risque cover was inspired by Marilyn Monroe in Playboy‘s first issue.

Screengrab from playboy.com

Screengrab from playboy.com

– Rappler.com

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