The Law of Averages

This is a piece by Jason Salavon. They are composites of the center folds of Playboy from the last four decades. This is super neat for two reasons. 1) His work is a fun intersection of art and math; he digitally averages the images point by point. 2) It’s cool to see how Playboy centerfolds have changed in forty years. Blonder, thinner, paler. Likely less pubic hair, though it’s hard to tell.

I bought a Playboy once. I had finished reading a really good biography of Hugh Hefner and wanted to check out the current state of his affairs. I tried to read it on a plane, but even though there was some really good writing (and a great essay about the resurgence of medicinal LSD), I couldn’t make my face stop flushing every time I turned a page to skip past a naked lady.

I’d like to see what the last decade would look like. I don’t have much evidence, but that one Playboy I bought was packed with photos of what seemed like the same model over and over again. There may have been more than one, but they all fit the same bill. She was blonder, tanner, and her breasts were ridiculously outsized for her body. I’d like to see that in composite.

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6 responses to “The Law of Averages

  1. yes. but, the articles are still good…although i think there may be less of them then there used to be. i wonder if anybody’s done a study on that???

  2. Interesting. This composite idea would be interesting .. like in expanded form. I.e. more detailed, so you could see more of the transition. it would be interesting to see this concept applied to popular models/women in the media as well.

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