How Does Playboy Make a Centerfold “Perfect”?

Or, rather, how does Playboy ruin Centerfolds via various photo editing techniques? You know, getting rid of moles, veins, stretch marks, pubic hair stubble, and adjusting nipples and butts? Jezebel shows us how via marked up images from Playboy from the 1990s and 2000s.

My friend and colleague, Vanessa Schick, and her research team at George Washington University (that is, before she joined us at IU) conducted a study that showed how Playboy Centerfolds’ pubic hair and labia have changed over the years, too. The labia have gotten smaller and more pink. And the pubic hair? It’s mostly gone on the Centerfolds even though, as we found in a study of pubic hair patterns in the US that we published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine earlier this year, real life women do all sorts of things with their hair.

[Jezebel]

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.