Playboy’s Top 6 Covers From the Nude Years

You may have recently heard the news that Playboy was disbanding full-frontal nudes from their repertoire. Yesterday, their first non-nude cover was released. Not only is it interestingly devoid of headlines, the cover is also mimicking a naughty Snapchat selfie.

While we totally support Playboy’s decision to forego nudes in favor of something classier, we can’t deny that they’ve had some amazing playmates in the past while still shooting nudes. Here are our favorite Playboy covers.

1. Anna Nicole Smith

Why is this our favorite Anna Nicole Smith cover? Look at all that bling! She’s the ultimate sugar-baby and she’s loving every second of it. Although her Playmate of The Year cover from 1993 is a close second, we can’t get enough of this over-the-top glam look.

2. Darine Stern

You may not know Darine Stern, but you should know that she was the first African-American woman to grace the cover of Playboy in October 1971. This cover challenged beauty norms and broke racial barriers within the magazine industry. The issue was also named as one of the top 40 most important magazine covers by the American Society of Magazine Editors.

3. Kate Moss

One thing we love about Playboy is that they don’t discriminate. Women of many shapes, sizes, and colors have been cover girls for Playboy. While Kate Moss may not be the traditionally curvy Playmate, you can’t deny her sex appeal on this cover for Playboy’s 60th anniversary.

4. Marilyn Monroe

What would the OG bombshell be without her first Playboy cover? FYI, this was the first Playboy cover ever, and it was another era where the magazine was much more demure. But it doesn’t mean that Marilyn never posed nude for other publications

5. Pamela Anderson

There’s a reason why Pamela Anderson was chosen to be featured on the cover of Playboy’s last issue before they went nude-free, because she’s graced the cover more times than any other woman. The above cover was her third out of a total of 13.

6. Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton has been unapologetic about trading on her sex appeal from the jump — not to mention she’s an incredible songwriter with great style. Her Playboy cover from 1978 also reminds us that she basically doesn’t age.

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