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Playboy introduces its first nudity-free magazine, featuring Sarah McDaniel

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This year Playboy magazine announced that it will be changing its format, doing away with its nudity-focused content and offering something completely new for its readers.

Playboy officially a new cover this week with an issue that breaks a 62-year tradition for the company. The long-awaited March 2016 issue (on newsstands Friday, February 12) first created headlines last fall when the company announced it would no longer feature explicit nudity in the pages of its magazine.

Over the past six months, Playboy’s editorial team has been rethinking and redesigning the storied publication, using the intellectual, artistic and literary powerhouse years of the 1960s Playboy as their guiding light. The result is a Playboy magazine for a new generation, full of fresh contributors, new regular features, and an entirely contemporary take on photographing the beautiful women who have made the publication one of the most enduring and successful of all time.

Although the women in the new Playboy magazine don’t bare it all, it doesn’t mean that the March issue is not one of the sexiest in Playboy’s history. This month’s cover model is Snapchat/Instagram luminary Sarah McDaniel as the star of a stunning social media concept cover and pictorial; the March Playmate is Dree Hemingway, whose mother, actress Mariel Hemingway appeared in Playboy in 1982; and artist and model Myla Dalbesio works her magic by taking her own photos for the issue.

Inside the new pages, cover model Sarah McDaniel perfectly describes Playboy’s fresh point of view when she says, “The idea was to look at me from a boyfriend’s perspective.” The pictorials in the March issue are intimate looks at these beautiful women with a very real, relaxed vibe.

The overall dimensions and feel of the magazine have also changed – the size has increased (to 9″ x 11″) and the paper has been upgraded, giving the magazine a collectible feel. And for the first time since 1985, Playboy magazine will be delivered to newsstands without a polybag. The magazine will also benefit from mainline newsstand placement and increased distribution, with nearly 1200 new retail locations carrying the magazine for the first time. In addition, Playboy magazine is expected to be available for the first time via a number of key digital retailers.

The magazine will also feature Francofile, the return of a high-profile interview every month by resident renaissance man James Franco. The Rabbit Hole will offer content from Ben Schott and his monthly take on the subject of his choice.

“My Way” and “Playboy Advisor” will also be featured in the magazine. “Playboy Advisor” is easily the magazine’s most popular column, it will now be written by a woman, columnist Rachel Rabbit White. The “Artist In Residence” will feature an original artist each month, with March featuring cartoonist Jay Howell.

“No Filter” will offer a chance for a woman who’s “making waves in entertainment” to voice her opinion on topics and “Politics” will feature an essay from political columnist John Meroney.

There will also be “The Playboy Interview,” which is an interview from television news anchor Rachel Maddow on the eve of the Presidential primary season. “20 Questions” from Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, the team behind “Broad City,” one of the funniest shows on television.

“Modern Sexuality” will feature an essay from Bret Easton Ellis and “God Bless Birth Control” from Erin Gloria Ryan as she talks about the I.U.D. which she says “has the potential to lead women into the next sexual revolution.”
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“My Deportation” offers insight to one man’s fight with U.S. Immigration and “Literature” will offer two installments: an exclusive excerpt from Karl Ove Knausgaard’s epic series My Struggle: Book Five, and new exclusive fiction from Don Winslow entitled “Boone Daniels Rogue Ride.”

“I know I speak for all involved when I say that creating this new Playboy magazine has been a labor of love for those fortunate enough to work on it,” said Playboy Enterprises CEO, Scott Flanders. “We are exceptionally proud of the end result and are confident that everyone will enjoy reading it as much as we did creating it.”