End of an Era: No More “Playmate of the Year”

It’s the end of the road for Playmate of the Year.

Since 1960 Playboy has handed out the award to its favorite Playmate of the month from the previous year, giving the honor to such skin superstars as Jenny McCarthy, Anna Nicole Smith and Victoria Silvstedt over the years.

But a rep for the magazine says that from now on it will be replaced by Playmates of the Year, celebrating all twelve diverse Playmates of the Month from the previous year. The rep told us it’s now “a more inclusive celebration.”

“The point of this change was to not exclude anyone and instead of honoring one Playmate they’re honoring all 12 diverse Playmates of the year for each of their unique contributions to the brand. An exceptional group of impressive diverse women joined the Playboy family as Playmates for 2019. These women are accomplished advocates and admirable personalities in their own right. We wanted to raise the group up as a whole and felt that there was a need to commemorate each of them one more time.”

It means that the last-ever Playmate of the Year will be 2019’s Jordan Emanuel.

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