Playboy

Playboy

Playboy

One of the world’s best known brands, is an American men’s lifestyle magazine that features photographs of nude women as well as journalism and fiction. It was founded in Chicago in 1953 by Hugh Hefner and his associates.

Having such a long history of publishing short stories by notable novelists and being a showcase for notable cartoonists, Playboy also features monthly interviews of notable public figures.

Playboy’s official logo, a stylized silhouette of a rabbit wearing a tuxedo bow tie, was created by Playboy art director Art Paulfor. Hefner said he chose the rabbit for its “humorous sexual connotation”, and because the image was “frisky and playful”.

The jaunty rabbit was quickly a popular symbol of extroverted male culture, becoming a lucrative source of merchandizing revenue for Playboy.

From 1955 to 1979, the “P” in Playboy had between zero and 12 stars printed in or around the letter that indicated the domestic or international advertising region for that printing. Nowadays special nation-specific versions of Playboy are published worldwide.