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Stripped down at 90: How Hugh Hefner changed the magazine world with Playboy

"Playboy" magazine founder and Hollywood man-about-town Hugh Hefner turns 90 on April 9, 2016. Love him or hate him, the man changed modern publishing - and the way we look at the human body.

Legend has it that after "Esquire" magazine denied copy writer Hugh Hefner a $5 raise, he branched out on his own, raising just over $8,000 to create the first issue of "Playboy" magazine in 1953. Marilyn Monroe graced the cover, fully clothed. The centerfold, however, showed her nude in front of a red drapery - the image shot for a calendar years prior and reprinted alongside lifestyle tips for the modern man. The rest, as they say, is history.

To celebrate the 90th birthday of the man who personifies the "Playboy" personality and whose editorial perspective has heavily influenced both culture and journalism since the magazine's inception, DW takes a look at the role he's played not only in the publishing world and the ways Hefner's empire has shaped photography, art and the way we view the human body.

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