After 12 months without publishing a single naked image, Playboy has revealed it is planning to bring back nudity for good.
The publication received praise last year after announcing it was changing its editorial policy and removing all nudity from its pages.
However, the policy has proved unsuccessful and the magazine will now publish naked images once again, beginning with their March/April edition.
Cooper Hefner took over as chief creative officer from his father Hugh last October, and he hasn’t wasted much time in reversing the policy.
The magazine has published nude images ever since Marilyn Monroe posed for the publication in 1953 and Cooper was allegedly against the change last year.
Pamela Anderson famously posed for the last nude cover back in 2017, and Kristy Garett featured in the final centrefold, but who will star on the first nude cover of 2017?
Playboy tweeted last night, revealed that playmate Elizabeth Elam will feature as Miss March 2017 on the upcoming edition of the magazine.
“I’ll be the first to admit the way in which the magazine portrayed nudity was dated, but removing it entirely was a mistake,” said Cooper Hefner.
— Playboy (@Playboy) February 13, 2017
“Nudity was never the problem, because nudity isn’t a problem. Today, we’re taking our identity back and rediscovering who we are.”
“This is a remarkably special moment personally and professionally that I get to share this issue of Playboy magazine with my Dad, as well as with readers,” he added.
“It is a reflection of how the brand can best connect with my generation and generations to come.”
The publication has also pledged to explore “the current political and cultural climate in the US”, and bring back features such as “Party Jokes” and “The Playboy Philosophy” column.