Marilyn Cole (born 7 May 1949, Portsmouth, England) was Playboy magazine's January 1972 Playmate of the Month, as well as 1973's Playmate of the Year, the only Briton to hold that title. Her original pictorial was photographed by Alexas Urba.
Some Playmates since the first Playmate ever showing a glimpse of pubic hair on her centerfold, Melodye Prentiss (Miss July 196, had allowed a partial view of their pubic hair. The first appearance of pubic hair in Playboy actually occurred in August 1969 in a pictorial featuring dancer/actress/model Paula Kelly. The 1972 Playmate of the Year, Liv Lindeland was the first actual playmate to show clearly visible pubic hair in her pictorial and centerfold. Lindeland's pictorial generated a tremendous amount of media and popular attention. Marilyn Cole's own Playboy centerfold however, was notable for being the first with unrestricted full-frontal nudity.
With Playmates it was usually the case that the pubic area would be obscured by an item of clothing, a leg, or a piece of furniture. If it wasn't for the fishbowl on Karen Christy's December 1971 centerfold she could have had the honor of the first full frontal nude centerfold. A level of exposure which was not repeated for more than a year. Although both Carol O'Neal and Sharon Johansen had come close, in July and October 1972, it was Bonnie Large's centerfold in March 1973 who would be the first to follow up on Marilyn's lead.
Cole continued to pose for Playboy. She can be seen in all of her glory in the April 1984 pictorial "Playmates Forever! Part Two" and the April 1989 feature about the "Minikini," a one-piece, totally strapless bathing suit that Marilyn marketed for a while.
Playmate of the Year 1973
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