Stars Who Have Tried To Revive Their Careers By Posing For Playboy

Heidi Montag Playboy

Magazines may be a dying beast. 

Hugh Hefner may have been left at the altar by his fame-hungry fiance and his son-in-law may be accused of insider trading.  But one thing remains certain: Up-and-coming starlets and fading stars all rely on Playboy for a (hopefully) quick career burst.

To wit. 

Levi Johnston‘s younger sister Mercede (Jezebel points out their mother apparently had a thing for naming her children after brands…minus the ‘s’) is posing nude in next month’s Playboy.  Newsflash: She has nothing nice (nor new) to say about the Palins.

Johnston joins a long (and somewhat more distinguished) list of women who’ve relied on stripping down to up their profile.  Whether it’s actually a career boost for folks other than, say, Pamela Anderson, remains to be seen.

But that hasn’t kept all these women from trying.   

Kim Basinger (February 1983)

Joan Collins (December 1983)

Christie Brinkley (November 1984)

Suzanne Somers (December 1984)

Goldie Hawn (January 1985)

Madonna (September 1985)

Kathleen Turner (May 1986)

Brooke Shields (December 1986)

Vanna White (May 1987)

Candice Bergen (December 1989)

LaToya Jackson (March 1989)

Sharon Stone (July 1990)

Paris Hilton (March 2005)

Tiffany (April 2002)

Jessica Alba (March 2006)*

As a commenter notes, in this case it was not by Alba's choosing.

Mariah Carey (March 2007)

Kim Kardashian (December 2007)

Heidi Montag (September 2009)

Chelsea Handler (December 2009)

Pamela Anderson (January 2011)

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