Remembering Playboy‘s Most Fashionable Cover Girls, from Marilyn Monroe to Cindy Crawford and Kate Moss
On Wednesday, Playboy magazine founder and editor-in-chief Hugh Hefner died at his home, the Playboy Mansion, just outside Beverly Hills, California. At 91, Hefner had spent two-thirds of his life—the first issue was published in 1953—as the unofficial mascot for Playboy. (The official mascot, of course, being the Playboy bunny.) A magnet for controversy from the beginning—its first issue featured nude photographs of Marilyn Monroe that had been taken years prior to their publication in Playboy, before she was the celebrity she’d eventually become, that Hefner had acquired for a cool $500—Hefner’s Playboy also found fans in the supermodels, actors, and performers who graced its cover. Hefner was instrumental in launching the career of then-Baywatch star Pamela Anderson as a ’90s sex symbol; the magazine also featured the likes of Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer and Cindy Crawford on its cover. Here, a look back at some of those moments and more.