In this Nov. 15, 2007 photo, Hugh Hefner smiles while signing copies of the Playboy calendar and Playboy Cover To Cover: The 50’s DVD box set in Los Angeles. Playboy will no longer publish photos of nude women as part of a redesign of the decades-old magazine, according to a news report Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. Executives for the magazine company told The New York Times that the change will take place in March 2016. Playboy editor Cory Jones contacted founder and current editor in chief Hugh Hefner recently about dropping nude photos from the print edition and he agreed, the Times reported. (Ian West/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE
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Playboy announces final nude centerfold

In October Playboy announced it would stop publishing nude photos of women after a redesign planned for launch in March 2016.

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Scott Flanders, Playboy's chief executive, told The New York Times that Playboy's circulation had fallen to 800,000, down from a peak of 5.6 million 40 years ago, as a result of the ubiquity of online pornography and nudity – a staple of the magazine since its launch in 1953.

"(It's) just so passe at this juncture," said Flanders.

Kristy Garett, from Tblisi, Georgia, will be featured as the last centerfold in the February 2016 issue.

The 25-year-old European can speak six languages.

She has said wanting to pose for the magazine is one of the reasons she chose to relocate to the U.S.

“Playboy has a classic American story, and I want to be a part of it,” she said. “The lifestyle here, where you’re free to express yourself, is my type of life. I am proud of the woman I am and have always dreamed of being talked about because of that.”

Garrett said her idol is "Mona Lisa."

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