We don’t think anyone was really shocked when the news announced the passing of Hugh Hefner. After all, he was almost 100 years old and still living the party life. Best (and possibly only) known for creating the Playboy empire, Hefner thought of himself as a visionary and trendsetter . And, in a way he was.
The first issue of Playboy magazine came out in 1953 with Marilyn Monroe on the cover and featuring a set of nude photos of her which he purchased from a sexy calendar shoot that ended up being scrapped. It’s an understatement to say that Hefner was obsessed with Monroe. She was beautiful, a timeless Hollywood icon, and partly the reason for his success. He even purchased the plot next to her so he can be buried beside Monroe.
Raunchy photos aside, Playboy was known for their in-depth articles. Today, some even compare them to that of GQ. Why is this important? During the time when media was much more conservative, the power pack combo of nude pictures and good writing made Playboy the only publication in mainstream media that added a ‘little something extra’ for men.
What happens behind the gates of the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills has always remained a mystery. Hefner was known for his haram of platinum blonde ‘girlfriends’ in their 20s and his infamous celebrity studded parties. Former girlfriends and playmates alike have pretty much always been closed lipped about Hefner’s personal life and their lives at the Mansion. Until Holly Madison.
Recognized as Hefner’s main girlfriend from the show The Girls Next Door, Madison’s book Down The Rabbit Hole was a tell-all tale of her time with Hefner and the dark side of the pink, glittery Playboy lifestyle. The full title alone says enough: Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny.
Available on Amazon.com, the book tells of the oppressive strict rules, scheduled sex parties, stripping of one’s individual identity, mental abuse, backstabbing amongst the girlfriends, and even Madison’s own depression which led to her contemplating suicide.
Is it a literary masterpiece? Not by a long shot… But we applaud Madison’s “F. it, I’m going to spill the beans” attitude and taking money to stay silent.
The book in an interesting read, and definitely satisfies our curiosity about the ‘real life’ of Playmates. Grab a copy and curl up on the couch. It’s a book that’ll keep you engaged all weekend long.
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