Going out in style! Playboy is making sure its final nude issue is a memorable one by bringing back 13-time cover star Pamela Anderson for one last hurrah.
The Hugh Hefner-helmed mag unveiled its January/February cover on Thursday, Dec. 3, a little more than a week ahead of the issue’s newsstand date. Anderson’s photo shoot — which also includes a sexy inside spread — will be the publication’s last one to feature nudity.
The cover, shot by Ellen von Unwerth, shows the Baywatch alum topless and grinning, with just a gold choker spelling out the word “SEX” around her neck. The headline reads simply: “Pamela: A Revealing Return to the Mansion.”
Anderson first appeared on the cover of the mag back in October 1989, posing in just an unbuttoned prep school blazer and tie, with a strategically placed straw hat covering her lower half. The 2016 cover is her 14th — a Playboy record.
“I got a call from [Hugh Hefner’s] attorney who said, ‘We don’t want anybody else. There’s nobody else, could you do the last cover of Playboy?'” the 48-year-old mom of two teenage sons told Entertainment Tonight.
Reflecting on her past photo shoots for the publication, she admitted, “I had a rough few years where I felt a little insecure, ’cause you know everyone’s getting older. I thought, ‘My gosh, I miss the Playboy days.'”
She continued: “It was so glamorous, it was so chivalrous, there’s so many people there that were so smart, and activism, and art. You know, I just kind of miss that whole crowd and us being these little giggling girls kind of running around the mansion half naked and trying to get everybody’s attention.”
Playboy — which debuted in 1953 with cover girl Marilyn Monroe — announced back in October that it would be “non-nude” beginning with its March 2016 issue. As chief executive Scott Flanders told the New York Times, “You’re now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. And so it’s just passe at this juncture.”
The January/February issue hits stands on Dec. 11.
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