Do Men Prefer Blondes? Less and Less, According to Playboy

The first Playboy centerfold ever was dedicated to a (dyed) blonde, Marilyn Monroe. Yet blondes are not Playboy's favorite models. The 50's and '60's saw more brunettes than blondes. And the highest share of redheads ever recorded (18% through the 50's). The percentage of blonde Playmates then started to rise through the 70's and 80's. Blondes then reached their peak of fame in the 90's. Back then, they made up 57% of the girls featured in the magazine's centerfolds. But the tables quickly turned, and in the 2010's "only" 44% of the Playmates have been blonde. The lowest value ever since the 1970's.

Blonde Playmates, Brunette Playmates and Redhead Playmates Through the Decades



Number of Playboy Centerfolds per Hair Color of the Model



By a small margin, but still: there have been more brunette than blonde Playmates. For models who later became Playmate of the Year, however, the  number seem to be in favor of blondes.

Number of Playboy Centerfolds per Hair Color of the Model



Only 2.6% of the redheads Playmates have become Playmate of the Year.  For the brunettes, this number goes up to 7%. And for the blondes it's 9.3%

Number of Playmates of the Year per Hair Color of the Model



In 2014, blonde and redheads were equally represented in Playboy's centerfolds. Something exceptional, given that (natural) redheads are only about 1-2% of the world population.

Blonde Playmates, Brunette Playmates and Redhead Playmates through the Years



Thirty-two redheads were born in the US. Two were from the Netherlands( Saskia Linseen and Willy Rey). And one respectively from France, Norway, Sweden and, surprisingly,  Japan.

Blonde Playmates, Brunette Playmates and Redhead Playmates: Where do they come from?