Hugh Hefner: Lindsay Lohan Wanted Even 'Less Nudity' In 'Playboy' Shoot
"I think it was essentially mama and the folks around her that kept pushing for less nudity," Hefner explains in his first interview since the issue.
"And I said, 'We're doing a nude pictorial here. We're going to do it in a very classy way and we're going to do it in a way in which it will not be forgotten."
Some critics have labelled the Marilyn Monroe-inspired photos, which feature the 25-year-old with in retro-style blonde waves and red lipstick wearing only pair of a pumps, as bland.
But despite the complaints, and a reshoot, Hefner says he's happy with how the photos looked.
"The pictorial and the concept came from me. I wanted to do something that would be memorable. So what is more natural, since she is a huge fan of Marilyn Monroe, than to do something that is a tribute to the red-velet."
"I think it was accomplished beyond anything I could have possibly imagined."
Hefner says a reshoot was required because the first set of photos weren't as flattering or polished as he wanted.