In December , year-old Hugh Hefner published the very first Playboy magazine. This first edition of Playboy was pages long and had no date on its cover because Hefner wasn't sure there would be a second edition. In that first run, Hefner sold 54, copies of Playboy magazine at 50 cents each. The first edition sold so well because Marilyn Monroe was the "Sweetheart of the Month" which was thereafter termed "playmate".
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Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner died Wednesday at the age of In the early days of Playboy, the magazine was must-buy material for anyone seeking titillation and female nudity. By the '60s, what had started as a men's magazine had transformed into a burgeoning lifestyle brand with nightclubs, and its own homegrown celebrities. And later, for Hefner, it also included a rotating roster of gorgeous girlfriends.
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The Playboy logo is one of the most iconic logos in the world, recognizable everywhere as symbol of prestige, sexiness, and a little bit of mystique. Soon after this, Hefner would go on to start the magazine that would later make him wealthy. Hugh Hefner, though, was certainly not always wealthy. The very first issue of Playboy was published in December of and featured a centerfold nude image of none other than Marilyn Monroe. The magazine was a near instant success, with the first edition selling all of its near 54, copies in just a few weeks.
A Playboy Bunny is a waitress at a Playboy Club. Bunnies at the original Playboy Clubs that operated between and  were selected through auditions, received a standardized training, and wore a costume called a "bunny suit" inspired by the tuxedo -wearing Playboy rabbit mascot , consisting of a strapless corset teddy , bunny ears, black pantyhose, a bow tie , a collar , cuffs and a fluffy cottontail. More recent Playboy Clubs have also featured Bunnies, in some cases with redesigned costumes based on the original bunny suit. Bunny's Tavern was named for its original owner, Bernard "Bunny" Fitzsimmons, who opened for business in