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Quick Hits: Playboy's Bare Market


Brief scrutiny of today's headlines.

Listen up, high-powered women of Wall Street: Now that your portfolio has taken a loss, Playboy (PLA) wants you to lose your clothes.

The adult entertainment magazine, which reads like it's pegged to junior high school kids who haven't quite figured things out, is looking for models to pose nekkid for a photo spread titled "Women of Wall Street" and scheduled for February.

The editorial brains at the magazine cooked up the idea just as Wall Street began its swan dive.

Playboy's move is nothing new for the company, and could be roughly translated by some as "Hey there, ladies! Broke? Disempowered? Feel like you have absolutely no options left? Have we got a deal for you!" In the past, Playboy has published spreads on the "Girls of Olive Garden," "Women of Enron," "Cyber Girls," and "Women of Home Depot."

File Playboy's effort to pluck models from Wall Street under outsourcing. Financial troubles at the hutch may require some bunnies at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles to turn in their ears and tails.

The magazine is looking for women who work on Wall Street or recently lost their jobs -preferably analysts, traders or other high-powered babes. Playboy hopes to round up about 20 women; each will be paid for the photo shoot.

Hmmmm, why hasn't Playboy published a spread on elected officials? Who says the balance of power is shifting to Washington from New York?
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