So many people these days are scared to look their age.
It’s a paranoia many people suffer from and it’s heartbreaking to see.
I myself have gone through, but I worked through it thanks to not actually caring enough about how old I look like.
But it’s sad to think that so many women, especially young women, are reaching for special creams and makeup products in the hope that it’ll help them maintain their youthful glow.
It’s also sad that a lot of people are turning to Botox and plastic surgery in hopes to look younger.
Clearly, they didn’t get the memo about aging gracefully. Let’s be honest, most of us rather age gracefully rather than not being able to move our faces because of the plastic surgery.
It’s not a good look, and if anything, it’s aging.
But some very fabulous and beautiful ladies have proved that beauty and glamour are ageless.
The ladies in question were infamous back in their day. Hell, they were Playmates!
Hugh Hefner famously said that once you’re a Playmate, you’re always a Playmate.
So with that idea in mind, the magazine invited seven former cover stars to recreate their iconic shoots.
Although the women in these photos are in their 40s, 50s, and even 60s, they still look as gorgeous as ever!
They look nearly identical in their side by side.
Candace Collins was the cover girl for the December Playmate, 1979 cover. She felt honored to pose in a pink bodysuit once again to recreate her February 1979 cover.
Both images see the model showing off her slim and luscious figure, and 38 years later, her looks haven’t changed one bit!
These images are a celebration of beauty at all ages, and Candace has even admitted that she’s ‘floored’ by how good the photos look, and the fact that she was asked to take part in this fun and inspirational project!
‘You could’ve knocked me over with a bunny tail!
‘I was thrilled and then terrified and then determined – determined to make this shoot something I would be proud of and also, in a way, let the world know that women of a certain age still have a lot of fight and spirit left in them long after their ’20s disappear.’
Candace praised Hefner’s 25-year-old son, Cooper, for catering to both loyal fans and the magazine’s next generation of readers with this incredible photo series.
The shoot took place in Chicago at Hannah Dunsirn Studio.
According to this fabulous model, the first thing photographer, Ryan Lowry, said to her was: ‘Boy, I really think you’re brave to do this.’
‘I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cry.’
Candace’s February 1979 cover saw her wearing a pink bodysuit that exposes the Playboy Bunny logo that was drawn on her stomach with lipstick.
Makeup artist Stella Mikhail drew the logo on her stomach this time around.
Candace was very impressed with her and the stylists’ ability to replicate her look and wardrobe almost perfectly.
‘They were always professional and no sooner would they pay any special attention to a nude or semi-clad model than a milkman pays to his bottles.’
Meanwhile the Playmate of the Year, 1990, Renee Tenison caused quite a bit of controversy.
But when has Playboy been averse to that?
Renee was the first African-American Playmate of the Year, explaining that some women said she was ‘being objectified’.
The model said:
‘If you look back, all the big models from Christy Turlington to Naomi Campbell posed nude. I see it as art. Not everybody sees it that way, but that’s how I see it.’
Reneé’s cover sees a silhouette of her bare breasts. She looks exactly the same in the recreation cover 27 years later!
Lisa Matthews, who was Playmate of the Year 1991, completely shed her clothes and posed with nothing but a straw hat covering her. I bet that was chilly!
Lisa is now 47-year-old and she happily recalled how people would come up to her after her first Playboy spread came out and say that they saw her in a ‘national magazine’.
‘I’d sit there and say, “Oh, which one?” Like you have to say it! If you have enough guts to come up and say something, then you’ve got to be able to say Playboy.’
Hefner’s son Cooper even got his mother Kimberly Conrad Hefner, who was Playmate of the Year 1989, to strip down to a black lace bra once again to re-enact her August 1988 cover.
Cooper explained on Instagram:
‘We decided to re-shoot a bunch of our old covers.
‘I was sitting with my mom on Mother’s Day and thought, “Hey mom, do you want the opportunity to re shoot your old cover?”
‘A pretty unconventional Mother’s Day present, but she said yes.’
It just goes to show you that true beauty is ageless.
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