The first issue, published in December 1953, featured Marilyn Monroe from her 1949 nude calendar shoot and sold over 50,000 copies.) After the Charles Beaumont science fiction short story "The Crooked Man" was rejected by Esquire magazine in 1955, Hefner agreed to publish it in Playboy.
The story highlighted straight men being persecuted in a world where homosexuality was the norm.
Hef would take photos of his girlfriends and him every night before they went out, then have them delivered to each girlfriend's door the next morning.
The photos "only amplified the massive pressure to always look perfect and cause the girlfriends to spend hours critiquing their appearances," Madison writes.
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He is best known for being the founder and chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises.
A multi-millionaire, his net worth is over million due to his success as the founder of Playboy magazine. Hefner graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a bachelor of arts in psychology and a double minor in creative writing and art in 1949, earning his degree in two and a half years.
(Photo Credit: Getty Images) Hef, a distinguished polygamist with a reported net worth of million, has famously welcomed his multiple girlfriends to live in his house, also known as the Playboy Mansion. 1 girlfriend" of seven years, Holly Madison — who has since outed many of the Mansion's secrets (like what sex with Hef was like and how she was offered prescription drugs!
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