In 1953, Playboy rolled off the presses for the first time. Thanks to Hugh Hefner, that was how everyone got porn before the Internet came along. In 63 years, Playboy has come a long way. 2016 brought about Playboy deciding to no longer show full frontal nudity and of course that lasted for less than a year, due to dipping magazine sales.
Over the years, Playboy never featured plus-sized models. Many celebrities have graced their covers. Anna Nicole Smith was featured multiple times throughout her career and was the closest thing to “plus-sized”. And when Marilyn Monroe was featured, she was a normal-sized girl, even though she fluctuated in size and was sometimes a Size 14.
So Buzzfeed decided to recreate iconic Playboy covers with five plus-sized women to show they were just as sexy, if not sexier than their slimmer counterparts. The purpose of the experiment was to show that women of all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, and ages can be beautiful and über sexy.
The Kate Moss 60th Anniversary issue in 2014 was one of their biggest selling mags. Ebony model and Buzzfeed staffer Sheridan Watson decided to recreate the cover wearing a bunny outfit complete with the ears, tail, and the cuffs. The actual pose on her knees on a hardwood floor was the hardest part to recreate.
Another infamous Playboy is the 1999 glamorous cover of beach blonde Pamela Lee. She posed topless in pearls, while covering her breasts with neatly manicured hands. Brunette BBW model Kelsey Rose Weber recreated her look. In both photos, the makeup is very similar with high glossed lips that suck your attention in. For Kelsey, she was proud of herself for being so brave to bare it all like Pam.
Farrah Fawcett was THE face of the 1970s and appeared on a 1978 Playboy cover wearing a white satin shirt while sporting gold lamé heels and holding a glass of champagne. Raven-haired plus-sized model Kristen decided to be the one to recreate this iconic image. She refers to the pose as a “casual pretzel” and claims it was hard to hold the pose for a solid 10 to 15 minutes for the shoot. Supposedly Farrah, only posed for a few seconds and it took only a few shots to get the perfect one.
Challenging the Standards of Beauty
In 1994, Australian top glamour model Elle McPherson got her shot at a solo cover—she posed and looked quite demure in only pantyhose, with her legs crossed and her hands crossed over her breasts for the implied nudity look. Mixed ethnicity model and another Buzzfeed staffer Jazzmyne Robbins took this one on. The buzzed-haired blonde re-created this photo and wrestled with the pose. She marveled at how Elle was able to do it, and still kook like a badass. Jazzmyne did the best she could and still looks sexy as hell!
In 2003, Carmen Electra had her own rock ‘n roll Playboy cover. She was naked except for some thigh-high boots and a thong, using a red guitar to shield her nudity. Another Latina model Abia Santillan might be curvier than Carmen, but she really rocked the cover with the pin-up hairdo and stunning make-up. Abia didn’t let society dictate what is sexy and it’s obvious from all the cover recreations, she felt the most comfortable in her own skin.
The best part of the Buzzfeed article https://www.buzzfeed.com/sheridanwatson/plus-size-women-re-create-playboy-covers?utm_term=.rp9j7x6qm#.ehjMWO3Zg were the comments below it. There weren’t a bunch of snarky comments from the readers. Many people commenting were women and they made comments like the models “knocked it out of the park” and that they were “freaking gorgeous” and in some cases more gorgeous than the original models. If you want to read the article, definitely take a look at the comments at the bottom of the page.