Part of the strategy at PLAYBOY to climb out of the publishing industry funk blues is power of celebrities to bring back sales. Karina Smirnoff, a true DANCING WITH THE STARS favorite graces the cover as well as sheds her clothes inside the issue which should help more one store sell a few more copies of PLAYBOY this month.
PLAYBOY seems to pretty well stand alone among most of the men's magazines these days with their very soft core approach. Some other long time competitors such as GALLERY, CLUB, CHERI and others have gotten increasingly hardcore in recent years, most featuring much more than just explicit nudity, but full sexual penetration. Compared to that, the 33 year old Smirnoff is taking the easy path to giving more than a few guys a thrill this month when they do their monthly shopping for one handed reading material.