Playmates of the 1980s: Playboy’s sexiest from the era of big hair and gym wear

Hef has an eagle eye for this...

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Playboy has undergone significant changes in the last 12 months, switching out nude cover stars and centrefolds for slightly less NSFW photos.

In another sign that marks the end of an era, Hugh Hefner has sold off the iconic Playboy Mansion for a cool $200 million. The buyer is 32-year-old Daren Metropoulos, the billionaire owner of Twinkies.

Metropoulos lives in the $18 million mansion next door, and he won’t be able to move into his new pad until Hefner dies (the mogul has “life estate” on the property).

The new owner will no doubt be desperate to trawl through Hef’s Playboy mag back catalogue to revisit the publication’s glory days. Loaded is here to help Metropoulos get an idea of what what to expect. After looking back through the 60s and 90s, here’s what the 1980s looked like through the eyes of their greatest ever Playmates.

Expect questionable gym wear, big hair and the occasional shoulder pad…


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Carina Perrson – August 1983

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Kymberly Herrin – March 1981

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Kata Karkkainen – December 1988

Playboy Playmate - 1980s

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Hope Marie Carlton – July 1985

Playboy Playmate - 1980s

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Lesa Ann Pedriana – April 1984

Playboy Playmate - 1980s

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Roberta Vasquez – November 1984

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Shannon Tweed – November 1981

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Renee Tenison – November 1989

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Alana Soares – March 1983

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Pamela Saunders – November 1985

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Loaded digital media manager Simon Reynolds has written about film and entertainment for various leading websites since 2008. Follow Simon at @simonreyn

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