In Honor Of Playboy Cutting Nudity, We Pay Homage To Their Top 13 Covers Of All Time

Yes, gentlemen, it’s true. As I’m sure you’ve heard (or if not, I apologize for the bad news I’m about to reveal), Playboy has officially decided to no longer feature naked women in their iconic magazine. But this decision is not as bad as it seems. While Playboy is cutting “full” nudity from its pages, “semi” nudity will be present, and Playboy will still feature a Playmate of the Month; her pictorial will just be more PG-13. Considering our generation can watch clips of women performing [insert lewd act here] with the click of a mouse or the tap of a smartphone, this really isn’t a big deal. Nudity itself is no longer a big deal.

In Honor Of Playboy Cutting Nudity, We Pay Homage To Their Top 13 Covers Of All Time

Playboy whose readership was once in the millions but is now down to 800,000 understands this, and made a bold decision to surrender to the Internet and instead create a lifestyle magazine that would more directly compete with the likes of GQ and Esquire. The change will be official as of March 2016. So to honor the many nude images that have graced the covers of the magazine, we’ve featured the sexiest of all sexy Playboy covers.

13. Brooke Burke



Burke is probably best known for hosting E!’s almost-porn-but-not-quite series “Wild On,” where she presents in nothing but barely there bikinis (we’d have it no other way). But her covers are admittedly some of the sexiest the magazine has ever seen and she’s managed this feat twice.

12. Sharon Stone



Two years before Stone’s career hit superstardom with “Basic Instinct” (where she was also very, very naked), she showed off the goods in Playboy’s July 1990 issue to promote “Total Recall,” another popular film she appeared in.

11. Jenny McCarthy



Contrary to many women featured on a Playboy cover due to their celebrity, some actually got famous from their coveted Playmate status. After her first cover in June 1994, McCarthy was given the opportunity to pose five more times (July 1996, December 1996, September 1997, January 2005 and July 2012).

10. Bo Derek



By 1984, Derek became an icon of female sexuality due to her breakout role in the film, “10.” Her next-level bod made the cover in March 1980, August 1980, September 1981, July 1984 and December 1994.

9. Drew Barrymore



At just 19-years-old, the rebellious (and curiously tattooed) Drew Barrymore bore all in the January 1995 issue of Playboy. I have to ask: are those butterfly tattoos legit? Like, does she still have them?

8. Shannon Tweed



Tweed, who you probably know more for her marriage to rocker Gene Simmons than her Playboy spread, graced the cover in November 1981 and eventually earned the title of Playmate of the Year in 1982.

7. Marilyn Monroe



Monroe’s curvy figure single-handedly launched the Playboy franchise back in 1953. Believe it or not, the nude pictures of her weren’t taken by or for Playboy; they were actually purchased from a local printer who made calendars.

6. Darine Stern



In October 1971, Stern became the first African-American model to be featured solo on a cover. Her iconic pose which you’ll see Marge Simpson recreate later on has become one of the most recognizable in Playboy history.

5. Carmen Electra



Electra has been featured on the cover twice, but received the honor of gracing Playboy’s 55th anniversary issue in January 2009, six years after her first shoot with the magazine.

4. Marge Simpson



Who knew that her green frock hid such a hot bod? The matriarch of the Simpson family posed nude for Playboy’s November 2009 issue to celebrate “The Simpsons” 20th anniversary.

3. Tiffany Fallon



Perhaps I’m biased because I find Wonder Woman incredibly sexy, but nobody filled the role better than Fallon (my apologies, Lynda Carter) on the February 2008 issue, who bore the iconic suit in the best way possible: with body paint. Her sexy cover earned her the accolade of Playmate of the Year in 2005.

2. Charlize Theron



Though she claims she never wanted the photos to be published (but I’m calling bull), Theron who has since become very, very famous graced the cover of Playboy for their May 1999 issue.

1. Pamela Anderson



Nobody has been featured on a Playboy cover more than the incomparable Pam Anderson, whose Playboy career has spanned three decades and includes 13 covers (October 1989, February 1991, July 1992, August 1993, November 1994, January 1996, September 1997, June 1998, February 1999, July 2001, May 2004, January 2007, January 2011).

Honorable mentions: Naomi Campbell, Madonna, Dolly Parton, Goldie Hawn, Chelsea Handler, Kim Kardashian, Kim Basinger, and last but not least, Cindy Crawford