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'Playboy' will no longer publish nude photography

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Courtesy Playboy

Now when people say, “I only read Playboy for the articles,” they might actually mean it: The magazine announced to The New York Times Monday that the print edition will no longer be running photos of completely nude women.

“The question everyone will likely be asking is, ‘Why?’ Playboy has been a friend to nudity, and nudity has been a friend to Playboy, for decades,” read a note confirming the news on the Playboy website early Tuesday. “The short answer is: times change.”

The publication, founded in 1953 by Hugh Hefner, already cut nude photographs from their website in August 2014, a move that resulted in its traffic jumping from about four million to 16 million unique users per month, the Times reported. The magazine’s print sales have dipped, however, as free online pornography has become more easily accessible.

“Yes, we’re taking a risk by going non-nude, but this is a company — like all great companies — that has risk in its DNA,” read the note on Playboy.com. “It was built around a magazine virtually no one thought would succeed, yet now it’s impossible (for us, anyways) to picture a world without Playboy. Our journalism, art, photos and fiction have challenged norms, defied expectations and set a new tone for decades. So we say: Why stop now?”

Read more about what inspired this change over at The New York Times and Playboy.

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