Playboy is an American men’s lifestyle and entertainment magazine, formerly in print and currently online. It was founded in Chicago in 1953 by Hugh Hefner and his associates. Since the first edition was published by Hugh in 1953, hundreds of stars have been on this magazine’s cover.
Keep reading for a look at the most famous musical idols who have appeared and graced Playboy’s cover as below.
1. Madonna – Issue 1985
Madonna has appeared on Playboy covers in ten countries including multiple times in Spain. Her American cover shot in 1985 coincided with her marriage to Sean Penn and her appearance in “Desperately Seeking Susan.”
2. La Toya Jackson – Issue 1989
La Toya Yvonne Jackson is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businessman. She is the fifth child in the Jackson family, the sister of singer Michael Jackson.
La Toya Jackson has appeared on the cover of Playboy 24 times in 15 countries, including twice in the US–once in 1989 and another time in 1991. She released three albums, “La Toya,” “Bad Girl,” and “No Relations” around the time her cover shot was released.
3. Geri Halliwell – Issue 1998
Geri Halliwell is a British singer, actress, and fashion designer. She rose to prominence in the 1990s as Ginger Spice, a member of the pop girl group the Spice Girls. In 1998, Halliwell left the Spice Girls to pursue a solo career but later returned to the group when they reunited in 2007. In 1999, Halliwell launched her solo career and released her debut studio album.
The Playboy’s 1998 cover featured Halliwell (and her highlighted bangs) wearing a Union Jack spaghetti-strap tank top, navy panties and those infamous pleather platform boots, while strutting a disco move and holding a microphone in her hand.
4. Mariah Carey – Issue 2007
Throughout her career, Mariah Carey has sold more than 230 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling recording artists of all time. The diva appeared on her first (and only) Playboy cover in 2007 when she began recording her 11th album, ‘E=MC²,’ which earned her the title of solo artist with the most No.1 singles, surpassing Elvis Presley.
5. Azealia Banks – Issue 2015
Azealia Banks is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. In 2011, her debut single “212” went viral and entered several international charts. Banks subsequently signed with Interscope and Polydor Records before later separating in July 2013. Banks ultimately became an independent artist and started her own independent record label, Chaos & Glory Recordings, after multiple negative experiences with previous labels.
Banks appeared on the cover of Playboy’s April issue shot by acclaimed photographer Ellen Von Unwerth. She was seen with a black cat on her head and dressed in leopard print. Playboy have called the shoot a “frisky pictorial that’s sure to break the Internet”.