Centerfold

The centerfold or centrefold of a magazine refers to a gatefolded spread, usually a portrait such as a pin-up or a nude, inserted in the middle of the publication, or to the model featured in the portrait.[1] In saddle-stitched magazines (as opposed to those that are perfect-bound), the centerfold does not have any blank space cutting through the image.

The term was coined by Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy magazine.[2] The success of the first issue of Playboy has been attributed in large part to its centerfold: a nude of Marilyn Monroe.[3] The advent of monthly centerfolds gave the pin-up a new respectability, and helped to sanitize the notion of "sexiness".[4] Being featured as a centerfold could lead to film roles for models, and still occasionally does today.[4]

Early on, Hefner required Playboy centerfolds to be portrayed in a very specific way, telling photographers in a 1956 memo that the "model must be in a natural setting engaged in some activity 'like reading, writing, mixing a drink'...[and]... should have a 'healthy, intelligent, American look—a young lady that looks like she might be a very efficient secretary or an undergrad at Vassar.'"[5] Hefner later said that the ideal centerfold is one in which "a situation is suggested, the presence of someone not in the picture"; the goal was to transform "a straight pinup into an intimate interlude, something personal and special."[5]

Some magazines later adopted the practice of having a trifold or quatrefold centerfold, using a longer sheet of paper at that spot and folding the extra length into the magazine. Racier adult magazines used this space to showcase more explicit imagery: "In order to represent breasts, genitals, anus, and face all within the tri-fold frame of the centerfold, models were propped up, legs spread, raised, and then jack- knifed against their bodies, arms plunged between them to spread the labia."[6]

Though the term has become linked in the public consciousness with erotic material or models, many other magazines such as Life, Time and National Geographic have published fold-out spreads on other subjects.

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"Torpedoes in His Path: Can he, with that load, get through without exploding them?" U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes carries a cabinet on his back, containing Vice President William Wheeler, Secretary of the Treasury John Sherman, and Secretary of the Interior Carl Schurz. In the background are James G. Blaine, John Logan, Abram Hewitt and others. Published in Puck Magazine: Centerfold; Vol. 1 No. 1, March 14, 1877

Centerfold titles

Some magazines will refer to their centerfold models with a specific name, which may be connected to the magazine's brand or theme.
When obtained from one of the more prestigious publications in the field, it can become a semi-formal personal title used in news articles and introductions long after the model's centerfold appearance.[7][8]

Publication Centerfold
Blueboy Man of the Month/Year[9]
Cheri Tart of the Month/Supertart[10]
Duke Duchess[11]
Gallery Girl Next Door[12]
Genesis Playgirls (double centerfold, discontinued)[13]
High Society Society's Child (abandoned name)[14]
Hustler Honey[15]
Knave Maid of the Month[16]
Lui La Fille du Mois[17]
Mandate The Mandate Man (abandoned name)[18]
Mayfair Girl of the Month[19]
Men Only Men Only Girl/Miss (abandoned name)[20]
Penthouse Pet
Playboy Playmate
Playgirl Man of the Month/Year
Playmen La Ragazza del Mese[21]

Some online-only media outlets maintain a monthly designation reminiscent of a print magazine centerfold; for example, the Twistys Treat.[22]

References

  1. ^ "Centerfold". Merriam-Webster.
  2. ^ "Hugh Hefner Profile". People in the News. CNN. Retrieved July 21, 2008.
  3. ^ "The Playboy FAQ: The First Issue". World of Playboy. Playboy. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Slade, Joseph W. (2001). Pornography and sexual representation: a reference guide. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 581. ISBN 0-313-31520-5.
  5. ^ a b "Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story". n+1. January 13, 2009. Retrieved January 24, 2009.
  6. ^ Kelly Dennis, Art/porn: a history of seeing and touching, Page 97, 2009, ISBN 1847880673
  7. ^ Jordan, Candace (April 10, 2015). "Playboy's Hugh Hefner turns 89: A Grateful Playmate Reminisces". chicagonow.com. Chicago Tribune Media Group. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  8. ^ Cheung, Kevin (October 6, 2000). "Fresh Digital". The Age. Melbourne, Australia: Fairfax Media. p. 95. Based on the comic book series by Ninja Turtles creators Laird and Eastman (and starring Penthouse Pet Julie Strain), Heavy Metal FAKK 2 is an adventure that offers enough high-tech violence and brazen sexual innuendo to put Lara Croft to shame.
  9. ^ "Vote For The Best Man". Blueboy. Miami, FL. January–February 1979. Each man has appeared in a centerfold spread during the past year, and now it's Readers' Choice as to which one will be the Blueboy Man Of The Year and win $5000!
  10. ^ "Solid Gold Supertart Diane Bentley". Cheri. New York, NY. January 1984.
  11. ^ Davis, Elroy (June 1957). "Duchess Of The Month". Duke. Vol. 1 no. 1. Duke Publishing Co. p. 33.
  12. ^ "Girl Next Door of the Month". Gallery. Vol. 30 no. 8. Montcalm Publishing Corporation. August 2002. p. 30.
  13. ^ "The Playgirls". Genesis. Vol. 3 no. 11. Genesis Publications. June 1976. p. 49.
  14. ^ "Society's Child Sandy". High Society. New York, NY: Drake Publishers. December 1983. p. 40.
  15. ^ Ward, Robert (2012). Renegades: My Wild Trip from Professor to New Journalist with Outrageous Visits from Clint Eastwood, Reggie Jackson, Larry Flynt, and other American Icons. F+W Media. p. 130. ISBN 1-4405-3314-8.
  16. ^ "Brigitte Lahaie Maid of the Month". Knave. Vol. 11 no. 5. London: Knave Publications, Inc. Ltd. May 1979.
  17. ^ "La Fille du Mois". luimagazine.fr. Lui Web SARL. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  18. ^ Mandate Calendar 1981, Mavety Media, 1980, A Mandate Man for every month
  19. ^ "Jamie-Lee Girl of the Month". Mayfair. Vol. 28 no. 4. London: Paul Raymond Publications. April 1993. p. 50.
  20. ^ "Men Only Girl: Miss Arabella Hart". Men Only. Vol. 40 no. 1. London: Paul Raymond Publications. 1975.
  21. ^ "Françoise La Ragazza del Mese". Playmen. Rome, Italy: Tattilo Editrice S.p.A. August 1969.
  22. ^ "Treat of the Month". twistysvixens.com. LemmeCheck Adult Network. August 1, 2005. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
Centerfold (song)

"Centerfold" is a single released by The J. Geils Band from their album Freeze Frame. The song is about a man who is shocked to discover that his high school crush appeared in a centerfold spread for an unspecified men's magazine. The song's narrator is torn between conflicting feelings: his disappointment due to her loss of innocence, and his lust until the end of the song.It was released in autumn 1981, and eventually went to Number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in February 1982, and stayed there for six weeks. It was the first single released from the album Freeze Frame and was an early staple on MTV. It also peaked at Number 1 in Australia and Canada.

In February 1982, after the song hit No. 1 in the US, "Centerfold" peaked at No. 3 in the UK Top 40, earning The J. Geils Band their only major hit single in the UK, although follow-up "Freeze-Frame" was a minor hit. The song is one of the on-disc songs on the 2010 music video game Rock Band 3.

In 2018, the song was ranked at No. 66 on Billboard's All Time Top Songs.

List of Penthouse Pets

This is a list of the models who have appeared in the American edition of Penthouse magazine and were either named Pet of the Month or Pet of the Year from September 1969 to present. Pets of the Year names are in bold type and are typically featured in the January issue of the year for which they are selected. Unlike Playboy, it may be several years before a model becomes "Pet of the Year" after their initial centerfold. No model was selected in 1985.

List of Playboy Playmates of 1957

The following is a list of Playboy Playmates of 1957. Playboy magazine names its Playmate of the Month each month throughout the year.

List of Playboy Playmates of 1958

The following is a list of Playboy Playmates of 1958. Playboy magazine names its Playmate of the Month each month throughout the year.

List of Playboy Playmates of 1959

The following is a list of Playboy Playmates of 1959, the 5th anniversary year of the publication. Playboy magazine names its Playmate of the Month each month throughout the year.

List of Playboy Playmates of 1965

The following is a list of Playboy Playmates of 1965. Playboy magazine names their Playmate of the Month each month throughout the year.

List of Playboy Playmates of 1967

The following is a list of Playboy Playmates of 1967. Playboy magazine names their Playmate of the Month each month throughout the year.

List of Playboy Playmates of 1968

The following is a list of Playboy Playmates of 1968. Playboy magazine names its Playmate of the Month each month throughout the year.

List of Playboy Playmates of 1969

The following is a list of Playboy Playmates of 1969, the 15th anniversary year of the publication. Playboy magazine names their Playmate of the Month each month throughout the year.

List of Playboy Playmates of 1972

The following is a list of Playboy Playmates of 1972. Playboy magazine names their Playmate of the Month each month throughout the year.

List of Playboy Playmates of 1974

The following is a list of Playboy Playmates of 1974, the 20th anniversary year of the publication. Playboy magazine names their Playmate of the Month each month throughout the year.

List of Playboy Playmates of 1975

The following is a list of Playboy Playmates of 1975. Playboy magazine names their Playmate of the Month each month throughout the year.

List of Playboy Playmates of 1976

The following is a list of Playboy Playmates of 1976. Playboy magazine names its Playmate of the Month each month throughout the year.

List of Playboy Playmates of 1977

The following is a list of Playboy Playmates of 1977. Playboy magazine names its Playmate of the Month each month throughout the year.

List of Playboy Playmates of 1978

The following is a list of Playboy Playmates of 1978. Playboy magazine names their Playmate of the Month each month throughout the year.

List of Playboy Playmates of 1982

The following is a list of Playboy Playmates of 1982. Playboy magazine names its Playmate of the Month each month throughout the year.

List of Playboy Playmates of 2012

The following is a list of Playboy Playmates of 2012. Playboy magazine names their Playmate of the Month each month throughout the year.

List of Playboy Playmates of 2013

The following is a list of Playboy Playmates of 2013. Playboy magazine names their Playmate of the Month each month throughout the year.

Playboy Playmate

A Playmate is a female model featured in the centerfold/gatefold of Playboy magazine as Playmate of the Month (PMOM). The PMOM's pictorial includes nude photographs and a centerfold poster, along with a pictorial biography and the "Playmate Data Sheet", which lists her birthdate, measurements, turn-ons, and turn-offs. At the end of the year, one of the twelve Playmates of the Month is named Playmate of the Year (PMOY). Currently, Playmates of the Month are paid US$25,000 and Playmates of the Year receive an additional US$100,000 plus a car and a motorcycle. In addition, Anniversary Playmates are usually chosen to celebrate a milestone year of the magazine.

Playboy encourages potential Playmates to send photos with "girl next door" appeal for consideration; others may submit photos of Playmate candidates, and may be eligible for a finder's fee if their model is selected. In addition, "casting calls" are held regularly in major US cities to offer opportunities for women to test for

Playboy. The Playboy photographers and Hugh Hefner then select which models become Playmates. The Playmate of the Year is chosen personally by Hugh Hefner, taking into account an annual readers' poll.According to Playboy, there is no such thing as a former Playmate because "Once a Playmate, always a Playmate".

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