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High Society is a U.S. pornographic magazine. In addition to hardcore pictorials of nude models, it also has feature articles and occasional celebrity pictorials.[2]

High Society
Editor-in-chief Gloria Leonard
Categories Men's magazines
Frequency Monthly
Publisher Blair Publishing Group[1]
First issue May 1976; 42 years ago (1976-05)
Country United States
Language English
Website www.highsociety.com

HistoryEdit

High Society was first published in May 1976. Carl Ruderman hired the adult industry's first female men's magazine editor, Gloria Leonard, in 1977.[3]

Leonard, an adult film star, is credited with the use of "900" and "976 phone numbers" to advertise upcoming magazine issues. This evolved into the very first "phone sex" lines.[3]

In November 1981 a spin-off magazine, High Society Live!, debuted. Another venture was a celebrity focused publication, Celebrity Skin magazine, in 1986. The 10th Anniversary Issue of High Society, published May, 1986 featured Gail Thackray (Gail Harris) with a 10-page spread, Centerfold and Front cover.[4] Over its twenty-five year run Margot Kidder, Ann-Margret and Barbra Streisand unsuccessfully attempted to sue the magazine after it published nude photos of them.[5]

High Society has a Pay Per View channel.[6]

The magazine is published by the Magna Publishing Group,[1] which was acquired by 1-800-PHONESEX on December 22, 2015.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b John Sanford, xbiz.com, iPadult.com Teams With Magna Publishing to Bring Magazines to iPad, August 30, 2012.
  2. ^ "New York Post". Page Six. 7 October 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Kernes, Sr. Editor, Mark (March 2014). "The Industry Remembers Gloria Leonard". Adult Video News. 30 (3): 22–23, 112. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "High Society Busty Adult Magazine May 1986 10th Anniversary Collectors Issue!". amazon.com. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Gloria Leonard". Feminists for Free Expression. Archived from the original on 18 April 2009. Retrieved 30 March 2009. 
  6. ^ Playgirl Dresses Up as PPV Channel
  7. ^ "1-800-PHONESEX Acquires Leading New York-Based Adult Publisher". PR Newswire. Los Angeles. 29 December 2015. Retrieved 31 December 2015. 

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