PLAYGIRL pioneered erotic entertainment for women in 1973. Throughout its many incarnations over the years, PLAYGIRL has remained a beacon for the freedom of sexual expression, “conveying the message that women could have both equality and sensuality” (founders Douglas and Jenny Lambert). With PLAYGIRL PLUS it finally has a place online documenting the rich and diverse history of the magazine: exclusive celebrity interviews, centerfolds, nude men pictorials, erotic fiction and original titillating articles. In addition, PLAYGIRL PLUS is producing a new “Man of the Month” series featuring today’s hottest up-and-coming male models.
The Hollywood elite which have graced Playgirl covers range from Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Redford, Jack Nicholson, Antonio Banderas, Rob Lowe, Richard Gere, Mark Wahlberg, Tom Selleck and Sylvester Stallone to Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn, Liza Minnelli and Jamie Lee Curtis.
Over the years, PLAYGIRL has scored notable high-profile interviews from the likes of Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, Bette Midler, Yoko Ono, Larry Flynt, Dustin Hoffman, John Travolta, Paul McCartney, Cher, Michael Douglas and Kathy Griffin to timeless icons such as Burt Reynolds, River Phoenix, Robin Williams, Joan Rivers and many more.
In addition, the magazine has featured original writing from prestigious literary figures such as Gloria Steinem, Joyce Carol Oates, Anais Nin, Truman Capote, Maya Angelou, Raymond Carver and Tennessee Williams, as well as the world-renowned photography of Annie Leibovitz, Greg Gorman, Herb Ritts, Norbert Jobst and Robert Mapplethorpe.
Recently, PLAYGIRL has begun its entry back into the pop culture landscape. In Fall of 2020, Playgirl unveiled its first relaunched print edition with Oscar-nominated actress, Chloë Sevigny and her baby bump on the cover, shot nude by famed fashion photographer Mario Sorrenti. In 2022 HBO Max released a popular series, Minx, inspired by Playgirl, as the first magazine empowering women to explore their sexuality.