High Society (magazine)

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High Society
Editor-in-chief Gloria Leonard
Categories Men's magazines
Frequency Monthly
First issue May 1976
Country United States
Language English
Website www.highsociety.com

High Society is a U.S. pornographic magazine. In addition to hardcore pictorials of nude models, it also has feature articles and occasional celebrity pictorials.[1]


High Society was first published in May 1976. Carl Ruderman hired the adult industry's first female men's magazine editor, Gloria Leonard, in 1977.[2]

Leonard, an adult film star, is credited with the use of "900" and "976 phone numbers" to advertise upcoming magazine issues. This evolved into the very first "phone sex" lines.[2]

In November 1981 a spin-off magazine, High Society Live!, debuted. Another venture was a celebrity focused publication, Celebrity Skin magazine, in 1986. The 10th Anniversary Issue of High Society, published May, 1986 featured Gail Thackray (Gail Harris) with a 10-page spread, Centerfold and Front cover.[3] Over its twenty-five year run Margot Kidder, Ann-Margret and Barbra Streisand unsuccessfully attempted to sue the magazine after it published nude photos of them.[4]

High Society has a Pay Per View channel.[5]


  1. ^ "New York Post". Page Six. 7 October 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Kernes, Sr. Editor, Mark (March 2014). "The Industry Remembers Gloria Leonard". Adult Video News 30 (3): 22–23, 112. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  3. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Society-Busty-Magazine-Anniversary-Collectors/dp/B00755EHE8
  4. ^ "Gloria Leonard". Feminists for Free Expression. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  5. ^ Playgirl Dresses Up as PPV Channel

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