Marge Simpson becomes Playboy centrefold model

Marge Simpson has given husband Homer food for thought by posing for Playboy magazine.

After more than a half century featuring women like Marilyn Monroe, Cindy Crawford and the Girls of Hooters on its cover, Playboy has for the first time given the spot to a cartoon character.

And the magazine is giving the star of The Simpsons the star treatment, complete with a data sheet, an interview and a two-page centrefold.

The magazine’s editorial director, James Jellinek, won’t say exactly how much of Marge will show in the November edition that hits newsstands on October 16 - or whether she lets that big pile of blue hair down. But, he said: “It’s very, very racy.”

But he stressed that the mother of three – the youngest a baby, by the way - has a lot to be proud of.

“She is a stunning example of the cartoon form,” he said at the magazine’s headquarters in Chicago, appearing both pleased and surprised at the words coming out of his mouth.

For Playboy, which has seen its circulation slip from 3.15 million to 2.6 million since 2006, putting Marge on the cover was designed to attract younger readers to a magazine where the median age of readers is 35, while not alienating older readers.

“We knew that this would really appeal to the 20-something crowd,” said Playboy spokeswoman Theresa Hennessey.

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