Play­boy has our ears at 65

Cover mod­els have run the gamut of sex sym­bols

USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - LIFE - Hannah Yasharoff

Play­boy is cel­e­brat­ing its 65th an­niver­sary. From Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe to Far­rah Fawcett to Kim Kar­dashian, we round up some of the most iconic celebrity sex sym­bols fea­tured on the mag­a­zine’s cov­ers through the years:

❚ The first edi­tion was re­leased in De­cem­ber 1953 and fea­tured Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe on the cover.

❚ Pamela An­der­son has ap­peared on 12 U.S. Play­boy cov­ers, more than any other cover model.

❚ One of the big­gest sex sym­bols of the ’80s, Bo Derek was a cover model for Play­boy in 1980, 1981, 1984 and 1994.

❚ Bar­bra Streisand posed in a pretty con­ser­va­tive T-shirt (by Play­boy’s stan­dards) for her only cover shoot for the mag­a­zine in Oc­to­ber 1977. “What’s a nice Jewish girl like me do­ing on the cover of Play­boy?” the mag­a­zine teased.

❚ Madonna was fea­tured on the cover in Septem­ber 1985 with the head­line “Madonna Nude: Un­like a vir­gin ... for the very first time.”

❚ Nancy Si­na­tra Jr., daugh­ter of iconic singer Frank, was fea­tured in the May 1995 edi­tion. Be­fore it was re­leased, she said, her fa­ther hadn’t seen it, but she “got his OK,” and he told her to “dou­ble the money” she made from the shoot.

❚ Patti Davis, daugh­ter of for­mer Pres­i­dent Ronald Rea­gan, ap­peared in the July 1994 edi­tion. The cover dubbed her “Rea­gan’s rene­gade daugh­ter” and is con­sid­ered one of the most con­tro­ver­sial cov­ers in the mag­a­zine’s his­tory.

❚ Far­rah Fawcett rose to fame in 1976 when a photo of her in a red swim­suit be­came the best-sell­ing pinup photo in his­tory. Nearly 20 years later, she posed for Play­boy’s De­cem­ber 1995 cover, which be­came one of the top sell­ers in the mag­a­zine’s his­tory.

❚ Joey Heather­ton was a ma­jor sex sym­bol in the 1960s and ’70s, but the ac­tress and singer didn’t ap­pear on a Play­boy cover un­til 1997.

❚ Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret su­per­model Naomi Camp­bell first ap­peared on the De­cem­ber 1999 cover in a strappy bra and a white fur coat.

❚ Just months af­ter the world be­came en­thralled with the wild “Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Mil­lion­aire?” re­al­ity broad­cast, the win­ner, Darva Conger, headed to Play­boy to bare all. “The woman who mar­ried the mul­ti­mil­lion­aire takes off her wed­ding dress for Play­boy,” the cover read.

❚ An­other re­al­ity star turned Play­boy model: Jerri Man­they of CBS’ “Sur­vivor: The Aus­tralian Out­back” posed for the Septem­ber 2001 cover.

❚ Tif­fany, for­merly a teen pop star, was deemed “all grown up” when she posed for the April 2002 cover. Later, she told Bill­board that the shoot was “a con­fi­dence booster” and that she “prob­a­bly would do it again,” though she ac­knowl­edged some of her fam­ily wasn’t happy she did it with a son at home.

❚ Marge Simp­son be­came the first car­toon char­ac­ter to ap­pear on the cover in Novem­ber 2009. The cover teased “the devil in Marge Simp­son” – not quite the im­age of the ma­tri­arch “Simp­sons” fans were used to see­ing.

❚ Be­fore Kim Kar­dashian be­came a celebrity icon, she gained recognition in 2007 when her sex tape with for­mer boyfriend Ray J was re­leased. Shortly af­ter, she posed for the De­cem­ber 2007 is­sue with the head­line dub­bing her “Hol­ly­wood’s new sex star.”

❚ Lindsay Lo­han made head­lines when her Hol­i­day 2012 cover shoot was leaked early. The shoot ap­par­ently was de­signed to call back to Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe’s first cover.

The first is­sue in De­cem­ber 1953 fea­tured Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe.


Sex sym­bol Joey Heather­ton ap­peared on the cover in 1997.

Re­al­ity TV star Darva Conger bared all in Au­gust 2000.

Jerri Man­they, from CBS’ “Sur­vivor,” ap­peared in Septem­ber 2001.

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