Playboy centerfold goes 3-D in June

Posted May 11, 2010 at 5:36 a.m.

CBB-Playboy3-D.jpgAssociated Press | Playboy “readers” who can only imagine what
it would look like if a centerfold jumped right off the page are
getting new specs to help them see into Hef’s world.

The June Playboy, hitting stands Friday, is the first magazine to use a 3-D picture. (AP photo) >>

The magazine’s June edition hits newsstands Friday equipped with 3-D
glasses. Now the toy that has kids dodging dragons, meatballs and tall
blue aliens at the movies will help adults focus on what is, at first
glance, a very blurry Playmate of the Year.

“What would people most like to see in 3-D?” asked Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. “Probably a naked lady.”

Hefner makes no secret of hoping to capitalize on the popularity of 3-D movies such as “Avatar” and “How to Train Your Dragon,” even as he makes no secret of not quite getting what all the fuss is about.

“I’m not a huge enthusiast of 3-D,” he said in a telephone interview. “I leave real life to go to the movies and 2-D is fine with me.”

If the thought of grown men sitting back in their recliners with a pair of 3-D glasses doesn’t quite say “Playboy,” it should be noted that a few months ago the magazine put Marge Simpson — yes, the blue-haired animated mother of Bart — on the cover and in a two-page centerfold.

“In today’s print environment you have to create newsstand events,” said the editorial director of the Chicago-based magazine, Jimmy Jellinek. “Marge Simpson was one of those.”

Playboy certainly must do something to get more people, especially younger people, to buy a magazine that has seen circulation plummet from 3.5 million in 2006 to 1.5 million today.

Jellinek said he hopes the issue featuring centerfold Hope Dworaczyk in 3-D also reminds people that for all the infatuation with the Internet, there is nothing quite like having a magazine in your hands.

“People want things that last and have meaning,” he said.

The thought hadn’t occurred to Hefner. But, now that you mention it:

“This particular picture is one example of how books and magazines are different (than computer images),” he said. “You can hold it in your hands, save them, and as Dad used to, put them under the mattress.”

Hefner notes there also are plenty of good old-fashioned 2-D pictures of Dworaczyk — the 51st Playmate of the Year, for those counting at home.

3-D may be all the rage, but Hefner said he first thought of using it when he launched his magazine in the 1950s.

“I actually signed a photographer to shoot two nude women in 3-D in Chicago,” he said. But he scrapped the idea when he discovered how expensive it would be to include the glasses.

This time around, HBO is helping out. HBO wanted a creative way to promote its show “True Blood,” and having Playboy include 3-D glasses with the show’s name on them seemed a good way to do it, said Playboy spokeswoman Theresa Hennessey.

So, do the glasses work? Well, it does kind of look like Dworaczyk is handing you the wine glass she’s holding. And she says the photograph makes everything a little, well, bigger.

“It’s kind of like it says on the rearview mirror,” Dworaczyk joked. “Things may appear larger.”



  1. Winona May 11, 2010 at 7:48 a.m.

    You know what else is 3-D? A REAL naked lady… but I’ll bet most of the men getting this magazine won’t have one of those around!

  2. Jim May 11, 2010 at 8:43 a.m.

    Oh Winona, are you insecure of the superior models in the magazine? Bear in mind as a woman, if you want, you most likely can walk into a bar and not leave alone if you want, men don’t always have that option. Enough with scorned attitude.

  3. john May 11, 2010 at 9:05 a.m.

    No, I’m a guy and I’m with Winona on this.
    The real men will get real women, and the beta males will be happier dating their hand.

  4. Frank May 11, 2010 at 9:23 a.m.

    To John- You’re clearly speaking as captain of the beta males. We’re not talking about creepy peepshows here buddy. It’s freakin Playboy for crying out loud.

  5. John May 11, 2010 at 9:32 a.m.

    Frank, that is how far this society has fallen. Wanking to airbrushed photos of surgically enhanced women is the norm, and not to be discouraged.
    As I stated before, I prefer the real thing. I feel good afterwards, and not pathetic.

  6. Jethro Tatro May 11, 2010 at 12:07 pm


  7. Get Real May 11, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Doesn’t matter; it’s STILL a picture – not the real thing.

  8. Brutus May 11, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    John, if you had been with the real thing, you would know you feel pathetic afterward.