Oh how times have changed. First, we hear that the Playboy Mansion is up for sale for a sweet $200M (including Hugh Hefner, hello). Now, today, Playboy Enterprises unveiled the magazines highly-anticipated first non-nude issue in its 62-year history. Yes, you read that correctly. Playboy is going non-nude from now on. The completely redesigned March 2016 issue features new contributors including James Franco, a fresh new franchise, and of course a brand-new take on photographing the world’s most beautiful women. It’s hard to believe and even harder to fathom, but there it is. And…it is good, and it’s not too tame, don’t worry. The beauty will still be popping off the pages.
Covering this historic March 2016 issue is Snapchat/Instagram luminary Sarah McDaniel as the star of the social media concept and pictorial. The pages also feature March Playmate Dree Hemingway, whose mother, actress Mariel Hemingway appeared in Playboy in 1982; and artist and model Myla Dalbesio works her magic by taking her own photos for the issue. It’s a great issue and site with some interesting and diverse content. Hey, the pics still aren’t exactly bad either. They are quite fine I must say. We all must evolve, people.
Highlights of what else is between the covers of the new Playboy magazine include:
- Francofile – the return of a high-profile interview every month by resident renaissance man James Franco.
- Rabbit Hole – the maestro of miscellany Ben Schott’s monthly take on the subject of his choice. This month, appropriately enough, it’s “nudity.”
- My Way – Entrepreneurial inspiration by those brave enough to follow their dreams.
- Playboy Advisor – the magazine’s most famous column will now be written by a woman, columnist Rachel Rabbit White.
- Artist In Residence – each month will feature an original artist. For March it’s artist and cartoonist Jay Howell.
- No Filter – We give the mic to a woman who’s making waves in entertainment.
- Politics – Each month will feature an essay from political columnist John Meroney.
Additional features in this month’s issue include:
- The Playboy Interview – An insightful interview from television news anchor Rachel Maddow on the eve of the Presidential primary season.
- 20 Questions – This month we hear from Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, the team behind “Broad City,” one of the funniest shows on television.
- Modern Sexuality – An essay from Bret Easton Ellis.
- God Bless Birth Control – Erin Gloria Ryan takes a look at the I.U.D. which she says “has the potential to lead women into the next sexual revolution.”
- My Deportation – a scary look inside one man’s tussle with U.S. Immigration (note, things aren’t going well for him).
- Literature – two installments: an exclusive excerpt from Karl Ove Knausgaard’s epic series My Struggle: Book Five, and new exclusive fiction from Don Winslow entitled “Boone Daniels Rogue Ride.”
Once you finish checking out the galleries, here’s another little taste of what you can find in the mag and on Playboy.com now: