Lindsay Lohan Playboy Shoot ‘Breaking Sales Records,’ Says Hugh Hefner

Even despite leaked before photos, the Lindsay Lohan Playboy shot is not just selling, it breaking sales records, said the magazine’s founder Hugh Hefner.

The 24-year-old celebrity was shot in Marilyn Monroe style wearing only blond hair and a face full of makeup. Photo: iclimber1/ Flickr

Leaked Playboy photos and cancellation of Lohan’s appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” hasn’t prevent the magazine’s issue from becoming well-sold.

By the way, the leakage forced Playboy to release their new issue earlier than anticipated. “The Lindsay Lohan January-February Double Issue is breaking sales records,” twitted Hefner said Sunday.

A dozen newsstands in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Atlanta Sunday are reported to have just one that is sold out of the issue, and that store expected more to arrive Monday.

It was rumored that Lohan was paid nearly $1 million to pose for the Playboy in a style of Marilyn Monroe that graced the debut issue of Playboy in 1953.

However, Monroe had earned about $50 for the 1949 photo shoot that produced the image that was bought by Hefner after she became a well-known star.

While Playboy refused to speak about the numbers in sales of the issues, but the official confirmed it was selling “very well.”

Fox News’ Jo Piazza said, “Amidst the holiday melee, shoppers aren’t rushing to pick up their copy of the much-talked about Lindsay Lohan issue of Playboy this week.”

Although the issue is getting more popular every single day, Playboy founder admitted he had “mixed emotions” about featuring Lindsay in the pages of his legendary magazine.

Hugh said: “It really came as a surprise to me. I kind of had mixed emotions about it initially, and then it turned into something bigger than life.

“I wasn’t quite sure where she was at in her life, obviously. It depends on whether it’s Tuesday or Thursday,” he added.

Hugh also revealed the actress and her family were initially reluctant for her to appear totally nude and he had to assure them the pictures would be shot in a tasteful way.

Last week, Lohan twittered about her Playboy experience: “Playboy on stands now!” she said. “I was so nervous! I hope people like it and pick up a copy!!! ….xoxo.”

The 24-year-old celebrity was shot in Marilyn Monroe style wearing only blond hair and a face full of makeup.

Lohan faced plenty of criticism for the nude photos, her shots were described as ‘heavily air brushed’.

The news was leaked after a report that Hefner is to move the company from Chicago to Los Angeles. Hefner refused to comment whether the company is downsizing, but Playboy representative Theresa Hennessey confirmed the company’s relocation.

“As of May 2012, Playboy magazine’s editorial, art and photo departments will be based out of the company’s Los Angeles office,” Hennessey said.

“Some of the magazine’s Chicago employees have been asked to relocate, while others have been asked to stay on in Chicago to ensure a seamless transition,” she added in a statement.

In new Playboy issue, Lohan also reveals her ongoing problems. “Looking back, I probably would have listened to and taken more advice from the people whom I admire and would have followed through with it more,” she told the magazine.

“My stubbornness at 18 and 19 years old got in the way. During the past five years, I’ve learned that time flies faster than you think, and because you only live once, you have to learn from your mistakes, live your dreams and be accountable.” [Via The Christian Post, MTV News and CTV News]

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