Playboy will not publish photos of nude women as part of a redesign, the decades-old magazine announced Tuesday.
The magazine will still feature women in provocative poses, but they will no longer be fully nude, Playboy
said in a statement.
The change, to take place in March, represents a major shift for the magazine, which broke new ground when
Hugh Hefner created it and featured Marilyn Monroe on its debut cover in 1953. It marks the latest step away
from depictions of full nudity, which were banned from the magazine's website in August 2014.
The magazine claims it website audience soared with that move, averaging a 400% increase in monthly
unique visitors. Officials acknowledge that Playboy has been witnessing widespread changes.
Playboy editor Cory Jones recently contacted Hefner about dropping nude photos from the print edition
and he agreed, the Times reported. Playboy's print circulation, once measured in millions, is now about
800,000, according to Alliance for Audited Media, the newspaper reported.
The shift from nudity will be accompanied by other changes in the magazine, including a slightly larger
size and a heavier, higher quality of paper meant to give the magazine a more collectible feel.