Raising money from the bank and from those closest to him, Hefner set about putting together the now infamous magazine in the fall of 1953. In December of that year, the first issue of Playboy went on sale. With its unique brand of adult content, humor and fiction, the magazine proved to be a hit.
In the decades that followed, Playboy became a cultural staple. Now encompassing the Playboy Mansion and various other offshoots of the magazine, the business has faced trials and tribulations and has come under attack from advocacy organizations and religious groups for its sexualized representation of women.
And while many celebrities have been interviewed for the publication, many have also appeared as nude centerfolds over the years. The likes of Marilyn Monroe, Ursula Andress, Nancy Sinatra, Farah Fawcett have graced its pages to the dismay of some sections of the public.