Every model's tribute to Hugh Hefner is strangely similar
You've probably heard by now that Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy, has passed away from natural causes at the age of 91. The multi-millionaire, who shot to fame when Playboy magazine first emerged in 1953, leaves behind four children, and 31-year-old Crystal Hefner, his third wife.
After a long and eventful life, Hef certainly garnered a lot of public attention - not least of all in the 1990s, when he bought himself a funeral plot next to Marilyn Monroe's. In the wake of his death, this has obviously been brought to light again, but some of his weirder choices in life have not caused too much of a negative reaction towards his passing.
Tributes have been pouring in across social media from friends, family, and, of course, former models. Surprisingly, though Hef was known for being a bit of a sleaze throughout his life (he claimed on multiple occasions that he'd slept with over a thousand women), almost every single model has had the same thing to say about him.
Jenny McCarthy, an actress and model, thanked the former Playboy Mansion owner for, 'changing so many people's lives, especially mine'.
Donna D'Errico, another actress, was grateful to Hefner for 'igniting [her] career', and added, 'You will forever live on as an icon of epic proportions.'
Carmen Electra, too, had a lot of good things to say about the man, but again highlighted her gratitude at being chosen for a shoot:
'I am so grateful I had the opportunity to shoot many Playboy celebrity pictorials with u Hef ... thank u for picking me and Bringing me into the magical world of Playboy !'
Yes, it seems that - even after all this time - these models are still grateful to Hefner for giving their careers a kick-start. Despite the criticism the magazine received, it undeniably helped these women move forward in their lives, and even those who had already found fame recognised that.
Kim Kardashian, who appeared in the magazine in 2007 after that tape was leaked, said:
'RIP to the legendary Hugh Hefner! I’m so honored to have been a part of the Playboy team! You will be greatly missed! Love you Hef! Xoxo'
And La Toya Jackson, who posed for Playboy over 20 times, offered a simple but heartfelt tribute:
#RIP Hugh Hefner My condolences to the Hefner family!'
Others took a slightly more comical approach to their tributes, playing on the old joke that people only bought the magazine 'for the articles':
'RIP Hef. I always read it for the articles.'
'Thank you Hugh Hefner for the articles'
'Playboy not only featured beautiful women but truly did have the best articles.'
No matter your opinion on him, you've got to admit that the guy lived a pretty fruitful life. He single-handedly changed the face of the media, forged himself a role as a cultural icon, and - evidently - helped a lot of women achieve their dreams.
To find out more about the man who 'ushered in a sexual revolution', here is a brief report on the news that broke this morning: