Playgirl Magazine HistoryPlaygirl is a print monthly adult magazine published in the United States that is marketed mainly to heterosexual women, but has also gained a considerable gay following. It features general interest articles, lifestyle and celebrity news, in addition to semi-nude or fully nude men.
The magazine was founded in 1973 during the height of the feminist movement as a response to erotic men's magazines such as Playboy and Penthouse that featured similar photos of women. For the period March 2009 until February 2010, it appeared only online. The magazine reverted to print with its March 2010 issue.
Playgirl is published by New York-based company Blue Horizon Media, which also publishes High Society, Celebrity Skin, Hawk, Cheri and a number of other hardcore pornographic magazines.
The magazine had been published earlier by Drake Publishers (later renamed Crescent Publishing Group, Inc). Crescent was charged in 2000 by the Federal Trade Commission with over 180 million dollars of online credit card fraud, much of which was conducted on the Playgirl Magazine site. All Crescent/Blue Horizon titles, including Playgirl, were prevented from conducting any business on the web for five years. Then-president Bruce Chew was subsequently indicted, along with several prominent members of the Gambino crime family.
In August 2008, the magazine announced that it would cease publication of its print edition as of the January 2009 issue. After that point, the magazine planned to continue with an online-only edition. The last print issue was published in January/February of 2009.
In February 2010, Playgirl announced it will re-launch issuing a print edition of the magazine. The first such issue would be the March 2010 issue available on newsstands as of 22 February 2010 carrying on its cover Levi Johnston.
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