50 Celebrities Who Posed for Playboy

Playboy Magazine

For many icons, from Madonna to Naomi Campbell, a Playboy cover is a rite of passage. The photos are visceral, tantalizing, and for many celebrities, incredibly empowering. Marilyn Monroe kicked off the trend in 1953 as the first-ever Playboy cover star, and dozens of icons since have adorned the cover of the magazine, now a byword for unapologetic sexiness. If you forgot about the icon covers from Kim Kardashian, Anna Faris, Brooke Shields, and more, well—we’re here to remind you. Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we?

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Marilyn Monroe

Issue: December 1953

Marilyn Monroe became the first-ever Playboy cover girl for the magazine’s inaugural issue.

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Jayne Mansfield

Issue: June 1963

Mansfield’s peek-a-boo cover is iconic—and not even her first appearance in the magazine. She was also Miss February 1955.

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Raquel Welch

Issue: December 1979

Welch’s tight red swimsuit might have kept her technically covered up, but was insanely sexy nonetheless.

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Steve Martin

Issue: January 1980

Yes, men can post for Playboy too—as comedian Steve Martin proved in 1980.

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Bo Derek

Issue: March 1980

Bo Derek has always been a perfect 10—so she was a natural fit for Playboy.

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Kim Basinger

Issue: February 1983

Bassinger covered the February 1983 issue with flowing curls and sultry bedroom eyes that epitomized her sex appeal.

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Joan Collins

Issue: December 1983

Joan Collins was full Dynasty glam on her December 1983 Playboy cover.

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Goldie Hawn

Issue: January 1985

Goldie Hawn posing in a giant champagne glass? We’ll toast to that any day.

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Issue: September 1985

Madonna’s Playboy cover line? “Unlike a virgin…” We see what you did there, Hef.

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Brooke Shields

Issue: December 1986

Brooke Shields showed off her babydoll face and perfect pout on the December 1986 cover of Playboy.

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Vanna White

Issue: May 1987

We’d like to buy a WOW for this Vanna White cover.

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Cindy Crawford

Issue: July 1988

Cindy Crawford and her iconically sexy mole covered Playboy in July 1988.

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La Toya Jackson

Issue: March 1989

LaToya Jackson was the epitome of rock star glam on her 1989 cover.

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Sharon Stone

Issue: July 1990

Sharon Stone will do down in history as one of the biggest sex symbols in Hollywood history. Her 1990 Playboy cover illustrates why.

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Sherilyn Fenn

Issue: December 1990

Sherilyn Fenn’s December 1990 cover mixed sexy and classy perfectly.

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Shannen Doherty

Issue: March 1994

Shannen Doherty has never done anything that wasn’t unique and her doves-on-knees Playboy cover was no different.

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Elle Macpherson

Issue: May 1994

Elle Macpherson covered the May 1994 issue in nothing but a pair of black pantyhose. The cover, naturally, went down in Playboy history.

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Pamela Anderson

Issue: November 1994

Pamela Anderson’s brand of sex appeal was tailor-made for Playboy, as evidenced by her November 1994 cover.

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Drew Barrymore

Issue: January 1995

Drew Barrymore went meta for her cover shoot, donning a Playboy bunny shirt, a coy smile, and a lacy pair of pink panties.

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Farrah Fawcett

Issue: December 1995

Farrah Fawcett proved she was most definitely ready for her close up with her December 1995 cover.

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Geri Halliwell

Issue: May 1998

Geri Halliwell was there to help Playboy readers spice up their lives in the May 1998 issue.

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Lisa Rinna

Issue: September 1998

Lisa Rinna made a slouchy sweater sexy as hell in the September 1998 issue.

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Charlize Theron

Issue: May 1999

Even Oscar winners have covered Playboy. Case in point: Charlize Theron’s May 1999 cover.

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Naomi Campbell

Issue: December 1999

Naomi Campbell was a barely-wrapped gift to the world on the December 1999 cover of Playboy.

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Kristy Swanson

Issue: November 2002

The OG Buffy the Vampire Slayer lit the November 2002 cover on fire with a fully-naked pose.

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Dita Von Teese

Issue: December 2002

Burlesque queen Dita Von Teese went full pin-up for the December 2002 issue.

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Tia Carrere

Issue: January 2003

Tia Carrere was a sultry, damp-haired goddess on the January 2003 cover.

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Daryl Hannah

Issue: November 2003

Splash star was the sexiest of mermaids on her November 2003 cover.

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Jaime Pressly

Issue: February 2004

Jaime Pressly’s wet silk slip on the February 2004 cover looked painted on—in the sexiest way.

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Rachel Hunter

Issue: April 2004

Stacy’s Mom herself, Rachel Hunter, wore a classic red teddy for her April 2004 cover.

Kayleigh Roberts is the weekend editor at Marie Claire, covering celebrity and entertainment news, from actual royals like Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle to Hollywood royalty, like Katie Holmes and Chrissy Teigen.

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