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Playboy Magazine Will No Longer Publish Nude Photos Of Women; Website Traffic Skyrockets From 4M To 16M

BY Saranya Palanisamy | Oct 14, 2015 06:34 PM EDT

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Playboy magazine will not be publishing nude photos of women starting March 2016.

The iconic men's magazine that has been publishing nude photos of women since 1953 will longer post such images in its cover or inside the book beginning this spring. The Playboy website has abandoned nudity since August and the results were pretty amazing. The traffic of the website is said to have increased from 4 million to 16 million through the couple of months, according to NPR.  

"The political and sexual climate of 1953, the year Hugh Hefner introduced Playboy to the world, bears almost no resemblance to today," said Playboy Enterprises CEO Scott Flanders in a statement to FOX411

"We are more free to express ourselves politically, sexually and culturally today, and that's in large part thanks to Hef's heroic mission to expand those freedoms. We will stay true to those core values with this new vision of Playboy's future," he added.

Hugh Hefner, the founder of the magazine wrote in his first editor's letter that Playboy magazine is meant for any man from the age of 18 to 80. Ever since its debut in 1953 the magazine has been carrying pictures of naked women which started with Marilyn Monroe.

As part of its redesign the magazine is allegedly undergoing such changes and will certainly entertain its readers even without fully exposed photos of women. According to Flanders, everything associated with sex and sort is available in the web with just a click away and hence the magazine is changing its approach. 

The Playboy Magazine will however "continue to publish sexy, seductive pictorials of the world's most beautiful women, including its iconic Playmates, all shot by some of today's most renowned photographers. The magazine will also remain committed to its award-winning mix of long-form journalism, interviews and fiction," noted the executives. 

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