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Playboy brings nudity back to its pages

By
Wade Sheridan
Hugh Hefner's son and Playboy heir Cooper Hefner attends the premiere of Haywire on January 5, 2012. Cooper has brought back nudity to Playboy calling the removal a mistake. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Hugh Hefner's son and Playboy heir Cooper Hefner attends the premiere of "Haywire" on January 5, 2012. Cooper has brought back nudity to Playboy calling the removal a mistake. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Nudity is returning to Playboy magazine with its upcoming March/April 2017 issue following a year without it.

Cooper Hefner, the 25-year-old son of founder Hugh Hefner who replaced his father as Playboy's chief creative officer last year, posted about the move back to nudity on Twitter.

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"I'll be the first to admit that the way in which the magazine portrayed nudity was dated, but removing it entirely was a mistake," Cooper wrote Monday alongside a photo of himself.

"Nudity was never the problem, because nudity isn't a problem. Today we're taking our identity back and reclaiming who we are," he continued.

Playboy had announced they would no longer publish nude photos of women citing their increasing irrelevance due to the internet and continued concern about women's portrayal in the media in October of 2015. Pamela Anderson graced the then final nude issue for Playboy's January/February edition.

The new issue will contain nude pictorials of Miss March Elizabeth Elam and Miss April Nina Daniele along with an interview with Scarlett Johansson, a profile on CNN commentator Van Jones and an article on rap group Run the Jewels when it reaches newsstands Feb. 28.

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Cooper will also be bringing back the Party Jokes section of the magazine alongside The Playboy Philosophy, a column he will write 40 years after his father penned the section.

Other changes include a Heritage section looking at Playboy's history and a removal of the front-cover slogan "Entertainment for Men."

"Playboy will always be a lifestyle brand focused on men's interests," Cooper said in a statement to USA Today. "But as gender roles continue to evolve in society, so will we."

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