If you don’t know who model Lara Stone is — the just-married, gap-toothed blond has modeled for Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein, Versace, and pretty much every other fashion house of note on the planet at this point — you may remember her as the girl I’d go gay for. The photo that prompted me to say that, which you see here, was from a super-sexy series of photos that appeared in the French version of Playboy. Wow, I thought, how open minded of her. She walks the runway for Miu Miu and strips down for Playboy. In actuality, though, those naked photos of Stone, taken by photographer Greg Lotus, were published in Playboy France without the model’s permission, and now she’s suing. “Playboy had no right to publish these unauthorized photographs. It’s not the kind of publication I would ever choose to appear in,” Stone has since stated. “I feel I have no option but to take steps to protect my reputation.” Still, more models now than ever are posing naked. Is this idea of distinguishing between “artful nudes” and “soft-core porn,” or however you’d like to put it, really appropriate anymore? After all, Playboy France has previously featured Lily Cole, Alexandra Richards, and Lou Dillon. What do you think? [The Cut] Keep reading »
Playboy Playmate (and Hef’s ex) Karissa Shannon makes no bones about being a cougar-in-training as she broadcasts her affections for 12-year-old Jaden Smith. Sexualizing children doesn’t suddenly become acceptable if it’s a boy being sexualized instead of a girl, Karissa! [Sociological Images] Keep reading »
Playboy Enterprises Inc. has been struggling in recent years, now that porn is everywhere you click. Sure, plenty of dudes (six million, to be exact) still visit Playboy.com every month, but they’re less likely to do so when they’re at work, what with all the naked ladies and whatnot. So, the always-thoughtful Playboy guys created a new safe-for-work website for fans of the magazine who would like their online experience with a little less nipples, please, TheSmokingJacket.com. Of course, the name of The Smoking Jacket is taken from Hef’s favorite garment worn over his omnipresent red silk pajamas. The content is a little bit Maxim and generally pretty horny-doggy, but we found it to be a bit more female-friendly than Playboy.com, where it’s all Playmates all the time. Not that we don’t like Playmates. It’s just that it can get a little crowded with that many boobs around, you know? In any case, we’ll be reading. [Yahoo! News] Keep reading »
“Well, if there was, it’s the one that’s sitting right across from me, Mary O’Connor. She’s my secretary, and she’s the wonder of my life.”
—Hugh Hefner explaining that there is one woman over the age of 70 that he’d consider dating. Mary, I think it’s time to make your move. Though I secretly hope she has a hot relationship with a 25-year-old beefcake and would tell Hugh he’s too old for her. [NY Post]
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But what will the boys at Sterling Cooper think? “Mad Men“‘s Crista Flanagan, who plays switchboard operator Lois Sadler on the show, poses topless on the cover of the August issue of Playboy magazine. I guess she didn’t take it all off inside, though? “If I tell a friend I did this, they think I’m completely naked,” she told the magazine. “This was not Crista filling your wish list out. This was trying to capture an era.” Riiight. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
Hugh Hefner: I think there is no single answer, no single road to Mecca. I have been married twice, and those were not the happiest times of my life. Part of the problem, quite frankly, is that when you get married, the romance disappears and the children arrive and the love is transferred. It shouldn’t be that way, but too often it is transferred to the children.
New York Times: There is more to life than being adored. There are other rewards to marriage.
Hefner:Unfortunately, they come from other women.
— Playboy‘s founder— who’s boning three times a week! — on why he’s still a bachelor at age 84 [NY Times Magazine] Keep reading »