Hugh Hefner turns the ripe old age of 90 next month, and you can now take a look back at some of the playmates who caught Hef’s sharp eyes back in the 1960s.
Long before the Girls of the Playboy Mansion, Kendra and the rest of the recent bunch, these playmates were turning heads on the pages of Playboy at a time when it was certainly a massive career risk to take.
There’s not even a hint of fake tan or hair extensions with this lot, and some of them even managed to wear an impressive amount clothes for the shoots – proof that less is not always more, even when it comes to Playboy centrefolds.
In 1960s Hollywood, landing a spot in Playboy was seen as an impressive career achievement in the lives of many aspiring actresses and models, following the lead of Marilyn Monroe who had posed naked for the publication back in 1953.
Playboy announced in October of last year that from March 2016 on, the magazine was no longer featuring full frontal nudity. A nod to the slightly classier tone of the 1960s perhaps, and as illustrated by the tone of the images below, not a bad thing at all.
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