Playboy says its present journal edition will probably be its final bodily publication due to coronavirus.

The well-known males’s journal had been planning to go digital for a while, however publishers day disruption due to the unfold of COVID-19 has led them to “accelerate the conversation”.

Pamela Anderson and Hugh Hefner, December 2003
Image: Pamela Anderson stripped off for the 2015 last nude edition

Established by Hugh Hefner in 1953, the bowtie-wearing bunny mascot has since turn into one of the recognisable American manufacturers in historical past.

Playboy Enterprises chief government Ben Kohn introduced the choice in an open letter on publishing platform Medium.

Kohn wrote: “Last week, as the disruption of the coronavirus pandemic to content production and the supply chain became clearer and clearer, we were forced to accelerate a conversation we’ve been having internally: the question of how to transform our US print product to better suit what consumers want today.”

A “revamped” model of the journal has been printed quarterly since 2019.

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Khon admitted that due to “changing media consumption habits” that Playboy printed content material “reaches the hands of only a fraction of our fans”.

He went on to say that the Spring 2020 subject can be Playboy’s final.

Kohn mentioned the journal will now “move to a digital-first publishing schedule for all of our content”.

However, he mentioned restricted printed choices would nonetheless be produced for particular editions, artistic partnerships and choose collections.

He wrote: “Print is how we began and print will always be a part of who we are.”

Hugh Hefner stand in front of a plane complete with the iconic Playboy logo
Image: Hugh Hefner launched Playboy in 1953

The first subject of the journal in 1953 featured nude images of Marilyn Monroe and offered greater than 50,000 copies.

As effectively as nude photos, the journal additionally included articles from writers together with Margaret Atwood, Vladimir Nabokov and Kurt Vonnegut, in addition to interviews with Fidel Castro, Martin Luther King Jr and John Lennon.

In 2015, Playboy stopped publishing pictures of bare girls, citing the proliferation of nudity on-line.

Playboy's first issue featured naked pictures of Marilyn Monroe
Image: Playboy’s first subject featured bare photos of Marilyn Monroe

Pamela Anderson stripped off for the ultimate nude edition, nevertheless, by 2017 they’d reversed the choice.

Hefner, who claimed to have slept with greater than 1,000 girls died later that year.

Recognising the necessity for change, Khon instructed Playboy followers: “Sometimes you have to let go of the past to make room for the future.”

After opening his letter by sharing his “deepest wishes for the health and safety of our global community”, he signed off “stay safe”.