Playboy Magazine will no longer feature nude women in its print edition

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Playboy Will No Longer Publish Pictures of Nude Women

Times have changed at Playboy Magazine.

Starting next year, the publication long known for showcasing the female physique, will no longer feature models in the nude, according to a report in The New York Times.

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The decision apparently rose from a meeting with current Playboy editor-in-chief, Hugh Hefner, and an editor at the magazine, amid discussions about a forthcoming update of the magazine.

The Times' Ravi Somaiya writes that now that Playboy has effectively accomplished its founding goal of "normalizing" the female body by introducing women to the world in their au naturel state, the magazine's mission has been accomplished. Keep in mind, in the days before Playboy landed on magazine racks (the 1950s) womens' nudity was very, very taboo.

Playboy chief executive, Scott Flanders is quoted in The Times here: "That battle has been fought and won ... you're now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free."

See photos of Hugh Hefner and the Playboy mansion through the years:

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Los Angeles, CA - OCTOBER 25: Hugh Hefner and Crystal Hefner attend Playboy Mansion's Annual Halloween Bash at The Playboy Mansion on October 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Playboy)
HOLMBY HILLS, CA - MAY 15: Playboy Founder and Editor in Chief Hugh M. Hefner (L) and 2014 Playmate Of The Year Kennedy Summers attend Playboy's 2014 Playmate Of The Year Announcement and Reception at The Playboy Mansion on May 15, 2014 in Holmby Hills, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for Playboy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 16: Cooper Hefner (L) and Hugh Hefner pose with Playmate Bunnies at Playboy's 60th Anniversary special event on January 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Playboy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 16: Hugh Hefner poses at Playboy's 60th Anniversary special event on January 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Playboy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 16: Hugh Hefner (C) poses with Playboy Bunnies, Playmate of the Year 2013 Raquel Pomplun (2nd L) and Miss December 2009 Crystal Hefner (2nd R) at Playboy's 60th Anniversary special event on January 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Playboy)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 15: Publisher Hugh Hefner attends a press conference at the 35th Anniversary Playboy Jazz Festival - Day 1 at the Hollywood Bowl on June 15, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rodrigo Vaz/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 09: (L-R) Cooper Hefner, Playboy Playmate of the Year Raquel Pomplun, Hugh Hefner and Jaclyn Swedberg attend the 2013 Playmate Of The Year announcement at The Playboy Mansion on May 9, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 09: Playboy Founder Hugh Hefner (R) and his wife Playboy Playmate Crystal Hefner (L) attend the 2013 Playmate Of The Year announcement at The Playboy Mansion on May 9, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
New York Friars Club Roasts Playboy founder Hugh Hefner at the New York Hilton Hotel in N ew York City. 9/29/2001. Pictured: Ice-T, Kylie Bax and Hugh Hefner. Photo: Evan Agostini/ImageDirect
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: ***EXCLUSIVE*** (L to R) Publisher Hugh Hefner (C) poses with Playboy models Holy Madison (L) and Tiffany Holiday during Tiffany's birthday party at Koi restaurant September 12, 2002 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Klein/Getty Images)
Hugh Hefner and Gene Simmons at the Gene Simmons' 'Tongue Magazine' release party at Barfly in West Hollywood, Ca. Tuesday, June 11, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect. *** Exclusive*****
400796 01: Playboy founder Hugh Hefner (C) poses with his playmates outside Las Palmas club February 6, 2002 in West Hollywood, CA. (Photo by David Klein/Getty Images)
397548 05: Playboy founder Hugh Hefner poses with his Playmates at Joya club November 17, 2001 in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by David Klein/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: ***EXCLUSIVE*** Publisher Hugh Hefner poses with Playboy models Tiffany Holiday and Summer Altice during Tiffany Holiday's birthday party at Koi restaurant September 12, 2002 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Klein/Getty Images)
401246 11: Playboy founder Hugh Hefner (C) poses with his playmates during the 'Swank' show presented by Fetish Ball at El Rey Theater February 17, 2002 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by David Klein/Getty Images)
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Flanders is saying that, essentially, the internet has made the thrill of eyeballing naked women "passe," and that Playboy can no longer let that be its primary commodity.

Proof of that can be found in a report by the Alliance for Auditied Media (AAM), The Times notes, which says Playboy's 5.6 million circulation in 1975 has taken a staggering fall to just 800,000 currently.

Interestingly, according to AAM's magazine circulation figures from 2014, the most popular magazine in circulation among the top 25 in the US was "AARP The Magazine."

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AARP stands for the American Association of Retired Persons — an organization primarily focused on baby boomers. Its magazine had a total paid and verified circulation of 22.8 million as of 2014.

The second most-circulated magazine is another AARP publication, boasting circulation of 22.2 million in the same year.

Perhaps most telling about the decline of the adult magazine, is its slow disappearance from general newspaper stands everywhere. The Times notes that many have been relegated to "specialist stores," instead.

Playboy's biggest foes now, according to The Times' Somaiya, are digital news outlets like the $2.5 billion juggernaut, Vice Media which could be eating Playboy's lunch at the moment, with an entire vertical dedicated to the genre that made Playboy famous.

RELATED: See the evolution of the Playboy Bunny

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A troupe of Bunny girl dancers including Maureen Hayden and Marianne Hunt during a performance at London's Playboy Club. (Photo by Victor Blackman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 19: Actor Rock Hudson signs the cuff of a Playboy Bunny at a dinner for the Motion Picture Pioneers Association at the Playboy Club on November 19, 1962 in New York, New York. (Photo by PoPsie Randolph/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
25th April 1966: Five English 'bunny girls' arrive back in at London Airport, after six months training at the Playboy headquarters in Chicago. These girls will act as hostesses at Playboy's first European club in Park Lane, London. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Dick Van Dyke and Playboy Bunny during McCarthy Fundraising Dinner and Party at The Playboy Club in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
24th March 1970: Three Playboy Club Bunny Girls practice their serving during a training session for the All-London Waiter and Waitress Race to be held for charity in Battersea Park. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
Playboy Bunny during At the London Playboy Club for a Bunny Pictorial - August 1, 1969 at London Playboy Club in London, Great Britain. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
The 'Singing Bunnies' - Bunny Girl waitresses at the London Playboy Club - perform a song during the club's 'Showtime In The Playroom' spot, circa 1972. The group have recorded an album and are, left to right: Elaine Tulley, Heather Colne, Rosemary Lamb, Julie Ann Smith, Jo Anne Wigley and Karen Parkinson. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 20: A Playboy Bunny model poses at the China Club during Dewar's 12 Playboy Lounge Tour on November 19, 2002 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Peyton/Getty Images)
Playboy Bunnies during Super Bowl XXXVI - Playboy's Super Saturday Night at St Elizabeth's Orphanage in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
Playboy Bunny during Playboy's 50th Anniversary Celebration in New York City - Arrivals at New York State Armory in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
Playboy Bunny during Playboy's 5th Annual Super Saturday Night Event Brings Heaven and Hell to Houston at Corinthian in Houston, Texas, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
One of the New Playboy Bunny Uniforms Designed By Roberto Cavalli (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 05: Playboy Playmates (L-R) Cara Zavaleta, Stacy Sanches, Lauren Hill, Shallan Meiers, Playboy Playmate of the Year 2005 Tiffany Fallon, and Qiana Chase, model Playboy Bunny costumes during a party for the fourth anniversary of the Palms Casino Resort November 5, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Christina Santiago, Playmate of the Year 2003 during Saks Fifth Avenue and Playboy Invite You to 'Shop With a Bunny' - December 7, 2005 at Saks Fifth Avenue: Men's Fifth Avenue Club in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Duffy-Marie Arnoult/WireImage for Saks Fifth Avenue)
Courtney Culkin, April 2005, Colleen Marie, August 2003, Deanna Brooks, May 1998, Lauren Hill, February 2001, Christina Santiago, Playmate of the Year 2003, and Jennifer Walcott, August 2001 (Photo by Duffy-Marie Arnoult/WireImage for Saks Fifth Avenue)
Playboy Bunny's during Playboy Mexico Magazine 4th Anniversary at Casino Español in Mexico City, Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Victor Chavez/WireImage)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 30: Playboy Bunny Shannon attends the Playboy fragrance launch at the Hotel on Rivington on October 30, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Kohen/WireImage) *** Local Caption ***
LAS VEGAS - AUGUST 04: Jenny McCarthy poses with Playboy Bunny dealers during her 'Big Deal' charity fundraiser to benefit 'Early Childhood Partial Hospitalization Program at UCLA' at the Playboy Club at the Palms Hotel and Casino Resort on August 4, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
Carmen Electra plays Celebrity Bunny Dealer at the Playboy Club at The Palms Hotel on December 13, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - JUNE 10: Playboy bunnies Pennelope Jimenez, Laurie Fetter and Deanna Brooks pose for a photo at the Playboy's 50th anniversary hosted by American Media, Inc's David Pecker in celebration of its iconic Playboy Bunny and world-famous Playboy Clubs at Juliet Supper Club on June 10, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Kohen/Getty Images for American Media, Inc.)
STANSTED, ENGLAND - JUNE 02: Playboy Bunnies wait airside for the arrival of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner at Stansted Airport on June 2, 2011 in Stansted, England. Mr Hefner is back in the UK to mark the launch of the new Playboy Club in Mayfair, which opens on June 4. The clubs opening will welcome back the iconic Playboy Bunny to Londonafter a 30 year absence. Famous Bunnies have included Debbie Harry and Lauren Hutton. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 30: Playboy Bunny attends the Christmas Playboy Mexico magazine party at the Ragga Antara Polanco on November 30, 2011 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Victor Chavez/WireImage)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - OCTOBER 18: Playboy bunnies attend the Playboy Mexico magazine 10th anniversary party at Allondra interlomas on October 18, 2012 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Victor Chavez/WireImage)
Two playboy bunnies pose for photos at the Indian Playboy club in Mumbai on December 19, 2012. Playboy unveiled a new-look bunny costume for its upcoming Indian club launch, opting for a more demure take on the waitress outfits but keeping the ears, bow-ties and fluffy tails. In a bid to appease conservative Indian values, the traditional skimpy corset has been replaced with a sari-inspired two-piece costume, comprising a one-shoulder top, a bare midriff and a sheer, full-length skirt with a split. AFP PHOTO/ STR (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Playboy Bunnies attend The Playboy Party at The Bud Light Hotel Lounge, on Friday, January 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Playboy)
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