“Playboy” Is Publishing Nude Photos Again

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Playboy is returning to its roots.

Though a representative for Playboy Enterprises, Inc. announced in 2015 that the magazine would no longer feature nudity, the company’s chief operating officer, Cooper Hefner, Hugh Hefner’s son, confirmed on Monday that’s no longer the case.

@PLAYBOY MARCH/APRIL ISSUE! Not only am I excited and honored to be on the cover of an iconic magazine that has historically encouraged the dialogue of important social issues while standing on the right side of history; I’m so excited to be on the cover of this specific issue! If you know me you know I have always been team #freethenipple. Women’s bodies have always been a topic of conversation. We can be over sexualized and we can be made to feel ashamed of our bodies. I’ve never subscribed to those narratives and this issue of Playboy celebrates that. Naked really is normal. On top of that Playboy has always put a person behind the face. I was so excited to talk about things that are important to me, and read them echoed through out the issue. Me and Van Jones in the same magazine?! Come on!! All of this while being some of the nicest/coolest people I’ve gotten a chance to work with. Thank you @gavinbondphotography for capturing these pictures, thank you @thisannaisbananas for capturing me in words and thank you to @deacsy and everyone at playboy who had a hand in this issue! 🐰💛 #nakedisnormal

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The change will go into effect with the March/April 2017 issue.

“I’ll be the first to admit that the way in which the magazine portrayed nudity was dated, but removing it entirely was a mistake,” Hefner said in a statement. “Nudity was never the problem because nudity isn’t a problem. Today we’re taking our identity back and reclaiming who we are.”

Model Elizabeth Elam will appear on the cover, and on Instagram, she wrote that she’s proud to be a part of a dialogue about sexuality.

“Women’s bodies have always been a topic of conversation. We can be oversexualized and we can be made to feel ashamed of our bodies. I’ve never subscribed to those narratives, and this issue of Playboy celebrates that,” she wrote. “Naked really is normal. On top of that Playboy has always put a person behind the face. I was so excited to talk about things that are important to me, and read them echoed throughout the issue.”

In December 2015, Pamela Anderson graced the cover of what was then expected to be the magazine’s final nude edition. Playboy‘s 2016 circulation figures were not immediately available.

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