Playboy Announced That It's No Longer Publishing Nudity, The Internet Reacts Accordingly

Playboy announced recently that they will no longer be publishing pictures of naked women. For 62 years the magazine had built a reputation on publishing photos of women with no clothes on, but no more. The decision was made around a month ago but has now officially been announced.

The New York Times published an article on the new, non-nude direction for Playboy, quoting the company's chief executive Scott Flanders as blaming the rise of internet porn as one reason, "That battle has been fought and won,” he said. “You’re now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. And so it’s just passé at this juncture.”

The magazines circulation is around 800,000 at present, dropping from the dizzy heights of 5.6 million back in 1975—but merchandise featuring the Playboy bunny has been the most lucrative part of the company for some time.

The new look Playboy, which will still feature photos of women—just with their clothes on—and will be published in March next year. The magazine will also feature more investigative journalism and long form interviews.

Because it's been around for so long, Playboy has been a part of pop culture, and a rite of passage, for a lot of people. And those people took to twitter to mourn the loss and make with the jokes.

So, it's goodbye to nudes. Which means the covers will probably be changing too. With that in mind, here's a look at some iconic ones from the magazine's past.

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