Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy magazine, died at the age of 91 years. He is accredited to building a vast empire of movies, mansions, television, and clubs.
On Wednesday 27th Sep 2017, he is known to have died of natural causes at his residence, the Playboy mansion in Los Angeles, with his family in tow. The announcement was made by Playboy. It was in 1953 that he unveiled the Playboy magazine and developed it into one of the most famous global brands recorded in history on a worldwide basis.
His son Cooper also seemed to have recognized the achievements of his father by stating that Hugh was the pioneer of the sexual revolution and freedom of expression campaigns in the United States during the 1950s. He also stated that Hugh spearheaded the socio-cultural movement by being a supporter of civil rights, free speech, and sexual freedom.
With Playboy, Hefner introduced an upscale magazine for men. The periodical contained fictional stories, exhibits of nude women and comprehensive write-ups.
The magazine’s logo was a bunny wearing a bow tie; and in several pictures, you will see Hugh standing amidst women wearing bow-tied bunny outfits.
With $600 dollars in hand, Hugh started Playboy. He also took $1000 dollars from his mom, Grace, during the set-up.
The first year of the magazine had a special feature on Marilyn Monroe featuring as Playmate; her picture was exhibited on the centerfold of the magazine.
Hefner played an impactful role in helping discussions on sex enter the mainstream avenues.
Teenagers were forbidden from reading Playboy magazines; on the other hand, the publication was widely read by men having the money and time.
Its first-year circulation figures touched 2, 00,000; and within its first 5 years, the numbers reached 5 million. Through the 1970s, the magazine had over 7 million subscribers. Also, other magazines like Hustler and Penthouse were entering the coveted space during the same time.
During the 21st century, the subscription numbers seemed to have dwindled because of the Internet revolution and other peers entering the market. Also, the monthly magazine started publishing only 11 issues per year as opposed to 12 editions earlier – due to the fall in demand.
In 2015, Playboy stopped displaying nude images of women because of internet restrictions on nudity. However, Hefner along with Playboy became global brand names.
During 1992, in an interview with the New York Times, Hefner said he was proud to have a role in changing people’s attitudes towards sex and making the notion of premarital sex more acceptable amongst people.
Hugh ran his magazine operations from his eloquent bungalows in Los Angeles and Chicago and was recognized for the flamboyant lifestyle that he led. In his pictures, he was seen smoking pipes, wearing pajamas, and surrounded by models as well as celebrities. Apparently, he seemed to have claimed to have slept with more than 1000 women during his lifetime with the inclusion of the models that featured in Playboy.
He owned a private jet that was termed as ‘The Big Bunny’ and sported a gigantic Playboy bunny. He would fly between his Chicago and Los Angeles homes in the airplane.
During his lifetime, he hosted several television shows. Also, during the 1960s, he opened a chain of clubs throughout the world that had the waitresses flaunting bunny ears and tails.
As we conclude, we would like to thank the man for his contributions to society and wish that he rests in peace. RIP!