Playboy to stop publishing nude photos

World's most famous nudie magazine will put some clothes on

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Playboy will stop publishing nude photos as part of a redesign next March, reports the New York Times. Pictures will be provocative, but won’t show anything too naughty.

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The change, which has been signed off by 89-year-old founder and editor in chief Hugh Hefner, is a massive shift in gears for the world’s most famous skin mag, which started back in 1953.

The magazine has featured stars including Marilyn Monroe, Kim Kardashian, Pamela Anderson and Marge Simpson (hi Google!) but it’s looking increasingly out of step with the world – on the one hand dogged throughout its history by accusations of sexism, and on the other outpaced by the terrifying and all-pervasive world of online pornograpy.

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“You’re now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free,” said Scott Flanders, the company’s chief executive, sounding a little like Philip Larkin, “it’s just passé at this juncture.”