When Playboy started back in 1953, the goal for Hugh Hefner was very simple. He wanted to provide entertainment in a magazine for men between the ages of 18 and 80 that was going to be not only sophisticated, but with a spicy edge! Hugh just happened to figure that one of the things that men enjoyed was looking at women without clothes on, so I suppose that 'edge' was easy to find!
As the company continued to grow, they kept that message at heart. The women you are going to see are not only sexy, but also classy and were shot in flattering ways that make it easy to see why they desired the opportunity to pose in front of their camera.
The history of Playboy is filled with countless women that may cause you to take a double-take, even if you don't recognize them from other mediums, but that's not who we are talking about it.
Over the years, the cover has also been graced by some of the most influential or recognizable celebrities of all time. We're talking about women that have been on television for decades, Academy Award winners, maybe you're even going to come across a photo of one of your favorite musicians wearing nothing at all! In some cases, your favorite musician's close family! (Who knew Mick Jagger had a daughter, or that she posed? Well, you do now!)
While some of the women that you're about to see chose to pose, you're also going to come across three women who did not! They had their photos taken prior to becoming famous, but the photos were then sold to Hugh.
I won't give it away, but I'll give you a hint for each. 1) Someone may want to buy a vowel, but she just wanted to buy the photos back! 2) She definitely won't be singing about being a virgin and 3) She was definitely Furiosa when she saw the photos! (...okay that was one awful).
17 Vanna White
Well I mean, when you are just so damn good at turning over those letters: how could Hugh not want you to be in his magazine? Vanna started appearing on the Wheel of Fortune in 1982, and in 1987, she graced the cover of Playboy.
Unfortunately for Vanna, she is the first of the three celebrities on the list who had photos of her that were taken before she became known published in Playboy. The photos were originally taken by her partner, and feature White wearing some see-through lingerie, but were later bought by Hugh.
The photos were a huge point of contention for Vanna, who was furious that she was put on the cover of Playboy without her permission. In an interview, she explains the dialogue that occurred
16 Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore appeared on the cover of Playboy in January, 1995. At the time, she was one of the most successful actresses in Hollywood, having had an iconic role in the film E.T: The Extra Terrestrial and earned a Golden Globe nomination for the film Guncrazy in 1993.
She was only 19 years old at the time, making the photoshoot all the more shocking, especially to her Godfather Steven Spielberg!
15 Latoya Jackson
There is no doubt that La Toya Jackson did not reach quite the same levels of fame as her brother, Michael. Yet one thing she has to her credit, is the fact that in 1991, she had one of the highest-selling issues of the magazine of all time. Given that the cover used the fun title “Michael’s Sister in a Thriller Pictorial”, you can imagine that helped hook people in. It sold over 8 million copies, and she then returned to be featured in a Playboy video. When asked about her motivation for posing, Jackson stated “to show my parents they couldn't dictate to me any more—that I control my life!”
14 Lizzy Jagger
13 Ginger Spice
12 Azaelia Banks
Banks is definitely one of the more controversial celebrities out there. For example, after the Bill Cosby scandal came to light, Banks chose to tweet out “"them b**ches frontin' like they wasn't trying to get some of that pudding pop!!!!”….Yikes!
11 Tia Carrere
10 Sharon Stone
9 Tanya Roberts
8 Shannon Tweed and her...Sister?
While Vanna may have been worried about her career, number 2 of our photo leak may not have been so worried. After all, let’s be honest, Madonna is no stranger to showing off her body. Madonna may be one of the most successful artists of all time, but in 1979 she was still struggling and looking for some quick cash so she agreed to pose naked for a photographer. She may have thought nothing of it, at least until her career continued to grow and in 1985, the photos were bought and published in Playboy as well as Penthouse.
6 Shannon Elizabeth
5 Karina Smirnoff
4 Robin Givens
3 Charlize Theron
2 Kelly Brook
1 Kim Kardashian
At this point I honestly think there may be more adults that have seen Kim naked than not-naked. Posing for Playboy definitely didn’t hurt that! Though one thing that may be intriguing to you, is that there are many more photos of Kim unreleased by Playboy that was also taken at the time of the original shoot! It’s almost like a weird ‘deleted scene’ from a movie! Kim’s issue was definitely going to be big, and as a result Playboy took out an extra 20 pages of advertisements for the issue. While most of Kim's nudity seems to come on social media now, at the very least there are photos from back when she got all dolled up for Hugh!
Sources: etonline.com, theimproper.com
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