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The Australian edition of Playboy magazine came along in 1979 and they immediately produced a look of their own. They photographed their own girl pictorials, centerfolds and covers and made the US Playmates secondary layouts. It makes for an interesting mix off women and styles. Of course the Australian editions are in English so you could also read about the trends and issues down under.
Playboy Australia



There was a period of time in the early 80's when the contributing photographers at Playboy got a copy of every single edition Playboy published around the world. It was a wonderful courtesy to the photographers because the magazines was adding a lot of new editions and potentially anything a photographer did for the American edition appeared in those countries too. It was interesting to see how differently the countries handled the same pictorial, often choosing different photos from the US edition and doing different layouts.

The foreign editions could produce their own pictorials as well as their own Playmates which really showed you the diversity of beauty around the world. Censorship was an issue with some editions in those days. Japan, Mexico and others could not run photos with pubic hair, which meant that the photographers had to make sure they kept the girl covered in enough photos for a layout. In places like Japan, they had workers to inspect every magazine and cover with black ink any parts that were objectionable. That's why every single gatefold done in those days had a matching photo taken that could run in those censored countries. One for the US that could show her totally naked and another, almost exactly the same except for a garment or something covering her nether parts.


Playboy Argentina




Playboy Brazil



French Playboy came along in November 1973 with Liv Linderland as their first centerfold. Like Germany and Italy they started immediately producing their own French Playboy covers. Since covers are so very important in selling magazines, it made sense that they would use starlets and actresses popular in Europe to grace their covers. They did stick with American Playmates most of the time, but many of the other sexy layouts in the magazine came from work produced by German or Dutch editions. Like all foreign editions, they had the choice of using photos from the American edition, but even then they would present them in a different way than the US Playboy.
Playboy France



Germany was Playboys first foreign edition, published in August 1972. Italy became the second, published in November 1972. With their first issue, Germany produced their own cover and within 6 months started doing their own Playmate centerfolds of German girls. As inventors of the modern printing process, the Germans have always been way ahead of much of the world in the quality of printed books and magazines . Not only were their Playboy magazines spectacular looking for the fine printing and design, but they attracted photographers from all over Europe and America that wanted to shoot for them. Germany, like much of Europe, did not suffer from APE, as Allen Sherman coined it, the <b><i>American Puritan Ethic </b></i>, so they had no problem attracting beautiful women who would take their clothes off for a national publication. In fact, the German edition published several covers displaying pubic hair which, of course, would never have flown in the US.
Playboy Germany




Playboy Greece



Japan was one of the early Playboy international editions, starting in 1975. They were also one of the editions that was censored and could not show pubic hair. In the early days the censorship was accomplished by literally blacking out the parts they could not show. The magazines were shipped to Japan and the distributor had workers to inspect every magazine and cover with black ink any parts that were objectionable. The funny thing was, they actually had women and children doing the work. <p>It must have looked pretty ugly to have black spots throughout the magazine, so eventually the editors decided that it was better to just print different pictures in the Japanese issue and eliminate the need for black paint. They could choose different photos for Japan where the girl was covered which was fairly simple since most Playmate shoots involved lots of shots of girls in the process of getting naked. It did require shooting a matching centerfold photo of each girl that was covered. It might be a garment that covered her or a prop. It was pretty easy in Debra Jo Fondrens 1977 centerfold, her 52 inches of hair did the job.
Playboy Japan




Playboy Italy




Playboy Netherlands




Playboy Spain




Playboy Turkey



       
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