Pin-up parade: the famous names who’ve bared all in pages of Playboy

Marilyn Monroe was on the first cover of the magazine, which launched several careers and celebrated others - Pamela Anderson appeared 13 times

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 October, 2015, 1:38pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 14 October, 2015, 1:38pm

It’s the end of an au naturel era. Deciding that less skin is the key to future success, Playboy says it will no longer run photos of completely naked women. Here’s a look back at some of the most famous models who have bared all – or most – in the magazine’s pages.

Marilyn Monroe

The first issue – December 1953 – featured the former Norma Jeane Mortenson on the cover, and sold more than 50,000 copies.

 Bettie Page

With her trademark brunette bangs, the “Queen of the Pinups” was Miss January 1955. None other than Hugh Hefner called her “an iconic figure in pop culture”.

Jayne Mansfied

Her career was launched when she became one of the first Playmates in February 1955. Mansfield played the blonde bombshell in movies and went on to become a tabloid staple for her off-screen romances. She appeared in the pages of Playboy many times and was on the cover again in June 1963.

Ursula Andress

The Bond girl made the June 1965 issue a best-seller and then returned to pose again at age 45 in December 1981.

Chyna Lee

The Louisiana native was the first Asian American to pose. Lee titillated film fans with a striptease at the end of Woody Allen’s What’s Up, Tiger Lily? She went on to marry – and divorce – comedian Mort Sahl.

Barbi Benton

Modelling by age 16, by 18 she was a regular on TV’s Playboy After Dark. Before long she began dating the show’s host, Hugh Hefner. She appeared on the cover four times between 1969 and 1985, though she was never a Playmate of the Month.

Raquel Welch

The sex symbol and movie star left plenty to the imagination as she posed in a swimsuit for the December 1979 issue. The magazine dubbed Welch the “most desirable woman” of the 1970s and went on to rank her No 3 on it list of the “100 sexiest stars of the 20th century”.

Cindy Crawford

The supermodel came off the runway to pose nude for fashion photographer Herb Ritts in July 1988. A decade later she and Ritts teamed up again for an October 1998 cover shoot. Playboy ranked Crawford No 5 on its list of the “100 sexiest stars of the 20th century”.

Pamela Anderson

The all-time covers champ, with a total of 13 appearances between 1989 and 2011. The Baywatch babe was the subject of tabloid obsession for her multiple marriages and a leaked sex tape with husband Tommy Lee. She penned the foreword to the coffee table book Playboy’s Greatest Covers.


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