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Playboy Is Different Without Hugh Hefner

Hugh Hefner hasn’t been dead a month and already Playboy is doing things differently.

First off, there’s a man on the cover of Playboy. Sure, it’s Hefner himself. But he’s still a man. They tried this magazine. It was called Playgirl and it’s either dead or so unimportant that it may as well be dead.

The good news is that there’s no nude spread of Hefner inside the magazine. At least, I don’t think there is. And I’m not willing to risk my eyesight to find out.

However, this is a spread of model Ines Rau. She’s French, she’s brunette, and she’s transgender. She’s the first-ever transgender Playmate and she probably won’t be the last. In fact, this isn’t even the first time she’s appeared in Playboy. She was featured in the 2014 issue titled “A-Z.” She was the letter E for Evolution and talked about humanity accepting gender identities.

In this issue, Rau talks about accepting herself being transgender and how she doesn’t let negativity drag her down. She sounds very inspirational and I admire that, but let’s be honest, we’re talking about Playboy here. No one reads the articles. So, let me help you out:

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“People have said that being transgender goes against the laws of nature, but they’re the same people who aren’t doing anything to help nature. If I want to get a sex change, it’s between myself and my body. I could hide it, but I don’t, because I respect people.”

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“I’m an advocate for anyone who is scared to be who they really are because they fear being judged or rejected. They should be empowered by their differences and not be who society tells them to be. … The advice I have for girls is to chill. Don’t pressure yourself. Embrace yourself and be proud of who you are with your imperfections. It’s all in the mind, you know?”

Don't tell anyone where the The Beach is.

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There, I just gave you the true Playboy experience.

Crystal Hefner Breaks Silence, Addresses Husband’s Death

In the wake of Hugh Hefner's death, nearly everyone that was close to the Playboy founder issued some kind of sorrowful statement.

Nearly everyone except the woman married to him, that is.

But Crystal Hefner has now broken her silence, two days after her famous husband was laid to rest in an intimate funeral attended by close friends and loved ones.

Hugh Hefner, Wife

"I haven't been able to bring myself to write most people back to thank them for their condolences," Crystal told E! News in a statement, adding simply and sadly:

"I am heartbroken. I am still in disbelief."

Hefner passed away at the age of 91 last Wednesday.

There had been rumors for several months that the publishing legend was ill, as he had not made any public appearances or posed for any pictures in quite awhile.

Hefner was buried over the weekend alongside Marilyn Monroe, an honor for which he paid $75,000 back in 1992.

"He is in the place he was always certain he wanted to spend eternity," says Crystal.

Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris Tweet

Only 31 years old, Crystal has always been aware that critics believed she married Hefner purely for his money and lifestyle.

But she didn't even bother to address those allegations in her chat with E! News. She stopped trying to convince those haters a long time ago.

"He was an American hero. A pioneer. A kind and humble soul who opened up his life and home to the world," she says, continuing as follows:

"I felt how much he loved me. I loved him so much. I am so grateful. He gave me life.

"He gave me direction. He taught me kindness. I will feel eternally grateful to have been by his side, holding his hand, and telling him how much I love him."

Concludes the widow:

"He changed my life, he saved my life. He made me feel loved every single day. He was a beacon to the world, a force unlike anything else.

"There never has and never will be another Hugh M. Hefner."

On that, everyone can likely agree.

Hugh Hefner and His Wife

Those who attended Hefner's funeral included Natalie Wood, Florence Henderson, Truman Capote, Eve Arden, Don Knotts, Walter Matthau, Carroll O'Connor and Roy Oribison.

The publisher's four kids were there, too, of course.

"I join the world in mourning," Crystal tells E! News. "I thank you for all of your condolences. To the people leaving sentiments at the front gate, we see you and grieve with you."

Hef's last will and testament have yet not been made public.

However, according to reports, his fortune, worth between $43 million and $110 million, is expected to go to his family and charities.

There's been talk that he left nothing for his wife.

Meet Jessica Wall, Hugh Hefner’s Final Pick for Playmate of the Month

Whether you want to praise Hugh Hefner or bury him, Hef kept doing what he loved right up until the end. What he loved was looking at naked coeds, and who can blame him for that. According to TMZ, Hef was involved with choosing the Playboy Playmate of the Month right up through Miss September 2017, Jessica Wall.

While you memorize that in case it comes up at trivia night at your local sports bar, let’s take a look at Jessica’s Instagram and see how Hef did in his last days.

Well, I’m convinced Hugh Hefner was still on his game right up until the end.

For those of you who don’t like seeing beautiful women half naked, she has an adorable little cat, too.

Kendra Wilkinson: Of Course My 4-Year Old Daughter Can Pose in Playboy!

Kendra Wilkinson takes pride in being a hands-off mother.

Which is why the former Playmate says she'd have no problem at all with her daughter one day taking her clothes off for Playboy.

Kendra Wilkinson, Daughter Pic

The mother of a seven-year old boy named Hank and a four-year old girl named Alijah, Kendra was asked by Entertainment Tonight whether she'd be okay with the latter posing on the cover of the men's magazine that made her famous.

And here's how Wilkinson replied:

"I won’t sit here and say that I would like that, but if she made a healthy decision and a healthy choice with a healthy mind to want to pose for Playboy....

"We are a free home, we are a free spirit.

"If that’s your way of wanting to express yourself and who you are, then go ahead and be exactly who you want to be."

Wilkinson went on to explain that she’s always going to support her kids at all, no matter what they choose to do with their lives.

"I’m not a person to hold my kids back,” she told the outlet, elaborating as follows:

“If they need to get whatever they need out of it, then go. I’m here to love them and support them and guide them as best as I can, but I’m not going to put any limits to their lives.

"And if that’s the way they’re going to be happy and express who they are, then they can do whatever they want.

"I’m not here to stop their lives or interfere."

Kendra Wilkinson in Red

Heck, Kendra doesn't comprehend why parents EVER tell children what to do or how to act.

“Why are we putting rules on everyone? It doesn’t even make sense," she says, wondering:

"For who? What are the rules for? For society? What the hell? To impress other people? Where do we live?"

Slow your roll there, K Dubs.

This is one of those quotes that sounds great in theory, but is utter nonsense in practice.

Why do we put rules on kids? Gee, we don't know... for their health? Their safety? Their well-being?

Because sometimes young people don't know what's best for them and it's up to a more educated and experienced person to arrive at some important life decisions?

We'd be more willing to take family advice from Kendra if she actually had a solid relationship with members of her own family.

Kendra Wilkinson Family Picture

But the entire new season of Kendra on Top will focus on Wilkinson's effed up relationship with her mother.

And Kendra's husband has admitted to getting a hand job from a transgender model back in the day.

So it's possible that she may not be the best authority for managing relationships between spouses or parents or children.

This is not to say that someone who strips down for a magazine is automatically a bad person or doomed to fail in life or anything of that nature.

To some extent, we agree with Kendra that it's helpful to give kids a long rope and to support their choices.

But there's a middle ground between ensuring your kids are self-confident and self-assured... and just letting them run around all free and crazy and aimless.

We do also agree with Kendra when it comes to trolls and haters.

Many people out there judge her family a lot harsher than we just did above, and here's what she told ET about those individuals:

"That’s their problem. Honestly, we’re doing just fine. We’re a happy family. We don’t care about that stuff.

"We’re doing what we’re doing. That gets into bullying and I’m not teaching my kids to give into bullying like that. If you stop what you’re doing because someone says something mean, then come on.

"Then you’re the one who loses. You’ve gotta rise up and you’ve gotta stay in the game."

Brook Power is Playboy’s 2017 Playmate of the Year

It’s been a hell of a year of Powers. The show Powerless premiered on NBC. Power Rangers rebooted in movie theaters. Kenny Powers will never not be relevant. “I Got The Power” is always the ultimate pump up jam. Superpowers are still running wild on TV and movies. And now, Brook Power is the 2017 Playmate of the Year.

“We’re excited to announce that Brook Power is our Playmate of the Year for 2017,” said Playboy Creative Director Chris Deacon in a statement announcing this year’s pick. “She is the epitome of a free-spirit — cool, creative and confident, all while balancing a unique personality with extraordinary beauty.”

Power, 27, is the first Native American to become Playmate of the Year. She said that she never thought she’d end up in the pages of Playboy, believing that the magazine was out of her element, but it just goes to show you that any hot chick willing to get naked can achieve the highest of honors.

For all you single guys out there that think you had a chance, you’ll be devastated to learn that Power is not only dating a fellow model, but she also just had a kid with him. Playboy should really have Single Playmate of the Year category.

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Read more about Power’s growing up in Hawaii, surfing and being naked.

Holly Madison Dishes Even More Playboy Dirt In ‘The Vegas Diaries’

Hugh Hefner’s former #1 girlfriend had us all fooled.

Throughout the entire run of E!’s Girls Next Door, Holly Madison managed to convince viewers that she and Hef were the real deal, despite the age difference and the fact that there were at least two other girlfriends at all times.

Either Madison is the world’s greatest actress, or she’s bitter that things ended without an engagement ring/baby/cash prize, because Madison has penned yet another tell-all about her time at the Playboy Mansion.

The Vegas Diaries (HarperCollins, 2016) picks up where Down The Rabbit Hole​ left off, though the cover bills it instead as Madison’s “road to reinvention.”

Radar Online features excerpts from the book, which are just as scathing as Madison’s first tell-all.

In one chapter, Madison recalls breaking up with her boyfriend in 2009, the “controlling” hipster magician, Criss Angel.  

Hef had invited Madison back to the Mansion in Los Angeles to film season six of The Girls Next Door.

“I was told it was what the network wanted. It was what the viewers wanted. It was what Hef wanted,” Madison wrote.

“But no one seemed to care that it wasn’t what I wanted,” adding that Hef was “not so subtly rooting for” his ex “to fail.”

Instead, Madison joined Dancing With The Stars and landed her own reality show, Holly’s World, which centered around her new life in Las Vegas.

Madison wrote that fans of The Girls Next Door “never saw any of the dark side: how we were treated, how we treated each other, or what people thought of us.”

Hef didn’t have a relationship with the females in his home beyond each one’s name, age, hometown “and how well she behaved and followed the rules.”

Hef exercised control and kept “everyone on their toes by playing favorites.

“How else could he stay in control of seven women?” she wrote.

“It prevented us from banding together and staging a coup. He needed to somehow maintain the upper hand.”

Madison saved room in the book to kick the crap out of her former roommate/arch nemesis, Kendra Wilkinson, who has defended Hefner against Madison’s claims.

Madison took Wilkinson to task for writing her own tell-all “the second” she left the mansion.

“In Kendra’s case, her tales were used to spawn countless tabloids bits to draw interested in her TV show, and the show in turn was used to push the book.”

Today’s Hottest Woman: Playboy’s Sarah McDaniel!

What makes this model so important?

Aside from the fact that model Sarah McDaniel‘s eyes have different colors, she is the first Playboy cover girl — for the March issue — that isn’t nude. Hooray for equality!

Sarah McDaniel
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The ‘social media’ theme even fits the 20-year-old, seeing that she’s very popular in both Snapchat and Instagram. “So honored to be part of the @playboy relaunch,” she captions on one photo.

“#nonnude #nomakeup #playboyreveal,” she continues.

Sarah McDaniel
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Back in October, Playboy announced that it will be mingling both sexy and SFW in one category.

“A year and a half ago, we relaunched Playboy.com as a safe-for-work site, and traffic skyrocketed 400 percent,” Playboy chief content officer Cory Jones recently told the New York Times as a precursor to the move.

 

More Playboy fun!

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Kendra Wilkinson Threatens Hank Baskett If He Ever Screws Up Again! Find Out What She Would Do In The Marriage Boot Camp Finale!

Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett have had a pretty crazy ride during their time on Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars!

But it looks like in Friday's season finale, the married reality stars is looking to move forward -- but not before one ominous warning from the Kendra on Top star!

[ Video: Kendra Confronted By Hank Over Photos Of Her Kissing Soccer Player! ]

In a brand new sneak peek of Friday night's finale, Kendra opened up to series co-director Melissa, saying:

"I warned him that if he ever f***ed up, I would either kill him or never speak to him again. I am nervous that Hank could go back and fall back into the place."-

Sounds like the former Playboy model isn't playing around this time! Find out what else she had to say in the clip (below)!

Check out the season finale of Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars Friday at 9pm ET on WEtv!

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You’ll Never Guess What Holly Madison Says Is The Most Embarrassing Part About Her Memoir!

It seems we just can't stop talking about Holly Madison's book about her life in the Playboy mansion!

And neither can she!

Inside the pages of her memoir, Hugh Hefner's ex spilled secrets about the 89-year-old's sexcapades, as well as her feud with her Girls Next Door co-star Kendra Wilkinson.

[ Related: Holly Says Hef Sent Her Creepy Letters! ]

And while she's gotten backlash from both of them, she's revealed that all the name-calling and the headline drama isn't even the most embarrassing part of the whole thing! She said writing the memoir was way worse:

"It's very embarrassing – I mean, there were chapters that were very hard for me to write, and during the writing process I kept skipping over them and saying, 'Okay, I'm going to go back to this chapter,' and it's very hard to be this honest."

Wow!

Now, you may be wondering why Holly decided to do something so public if reliving these memories was so traumatizing for her.

But, she explains that regardless of how uncomfortable she felt writing certain parts of her memoir, the book's ultimate purpose was much bigger than her own personal feelings:

"I'm not asking anyone to feel sorry for me, but I did a lot of things I'm embarrassed of, I made a lot of mistakes, I was very young and naive when I got into this situation, and of course that's embarrassing, and for people to know the truth and to know where I'm coming from, I need to put the whole truth out."

Have U read Holly's shocking story yet, Perezcious readers?

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Here’s Everything Holly Madison Has Accused Hugh Hefner & Playboy Of So Far

Holly Madison has been making headlines ever since she's been leaking excerpts of her new memoir.

And now that her book, Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales From a Playboy Bunny, hit store shelves, the 35-year-old has just been dishing the dirty deets about what really goes on behind closed doors at the Playboy mansion.

The reality star spilled secrets about Hugh Hefner's craaaaazy bedroom antics and her feud with Girls Next Door co-star Kendra Wilkinson.

[ Related: Hef's Son SLAMS Holly Madison! ]

So what exactly has the blonde beauty accused of Playboy, its head honcho, and her frenemy? We've got it all for you right here!

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Kendra Wilkinson SLAMS Fake Friendship With Holly Madison: ‘I Don’t Ever Want To Have A Relationship With Holly Again’

Kendra Wilkinson wants to make the status of her "friendship" with Holly Madison VERY clear.

On Wednesday, Kendra spoke out on her feud with Holly again to ensure that fans know exactly where she stands with the former playmate.

In the interview, Wilkinson appears agitated and even angry when discussing Madison, who caused shockwaves in the Playboy community when she released her tell-all book, Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny.

[ Related: Kendra Stands Up For Hugh Hefner — Says Holly Is Just Seeking 'Revenge' ]

The reality star explained:

"I don't ever want to have a relationship with Holly again. I made a mistake by thinking what we had was real, by you know, accepting her in my wedding. A lot of stuff was done out of like, 'Oh, we got to stick together to make this certain image last'. But then I realized you know what, I'm a different person. I have a different lifestyle."

Hmm, a different lifestyle? Aren't the two both moms to daughters? Also, we almost forgot that Holls was in Kenny's wedding!

Check out what else Hank Baskett's wife had to say (below)!

Yep, we definitely know where Kendra stands in this situation. It seems like this gets messier everyday!

So, who do YOU believe in this feud?

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Holly Madison to Potential Playmates: Keep Your Clothes On!

Holly Madison is hoping to serve as a cautionary tale to other insecure, large-breasted blondes.

The former Playmate is on a promotional tour for her memoir (“Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny”) and told E! News how she responds when potential Playmates ask her for advice.

Girls Next Door and Hugh

"I kind of advise against it," Madison says.

"It might seem like something fun and glamorous or rebellious and dangerous in your 20s, but guess what? When you're 30 or 40, you're not going to want those pictures floating around."

Unless you're Kim Kardashian, that is. She seems cool with her naked images being out there.

Madison continued, speaking of how Playboy holds all copyright over these pictures:

"You don't have control over them - someone else does.

"They can bring them out of the archives at any time. You don't have creative control over what the pictures look like. It's just something people should think about five times before doing."

Earlier this month, disturbing excerpts from Madison's book went viral, with Holly admitting she contemplated suicide in the past.

The busty blonde painted a VERY bleak picture of life as Hugh Hefner's girlfriend.

"I don't regret it because I learned a lot from the situation," Madison said of getting involved with Hefner when she was still in college.

"There were some good experiences that came along with the bad and I love where I ended up today. That's what life is. You can't really end up in a good place without going through some crazy stuff, too."