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Playboy makeover depends on the voices of women


Women’s voices reign within the first issue of Playboy’s radical makeover, according to The Washington Post, which profiled the magazine’s first non-nude issue a week before the it hits stands next Friday. On the cover of the 63-year-old magazine is Instagram model Sarah McDaniel and inside, readers will find Erin Gloria Ryan of Jezebel fame, who penned an essay called “God Bless Birth Control,” an interview with Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson of Broad City fame (in which they call themselves “totally up-front and proud feminists”), an eight-page interview with Rachel Maddow accompanied by photos shot by Amy Troost and new, recurring features like “No Filter”, which sheds light on “a woman who’s making waves in entertainment.” Even the famed Playboy Advisor column is penned by a woman, Rachel Rabbit White.

No longer will the front of the magazine read “Entertainment for Men,” a slogan that has graced Playboy’s glossy cover page since Hugh Hefner’s first issue in 1953, which famously starred Marilyn Monroe. Though the cover image is still sexy so as to appeal to Playboy’s traditional audience, it is also a nod to the digital era that almost killed the magazine. McDaniel said Instagram and Snapchat, from which the cover also takes inspiration, has given women new tools to create the lens through which they have been traditionally admired by men. “These are women who are beautiful and healthy and having fun and owning the way they’re portrayed – but they’re also accessible,” she said.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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