High Society (magazine)

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High Society
High Society (magazine).png
Editor-in-chiefGloria Leonard
CategoriesMen's magazines
PublisherBlair Publishing Group[1]
First issueMay 1976; 46 years ago (1976-05)
CountryUnited States
Websitewww.highsociety.com Edit this at Wikidata

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.[2]


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.[3]

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.[3]

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.[4] Over its 25-year run Margot Kidder, Ann-Margret and Barbra Streisand unsuccessfully attempted to sue the magazine after it published nude photos of them.[5]

High Society has a Pay Per View channel.[6]

The magazine is published by the Magna Publishing Group,[1] which was acquired by 1-800-PHONESEX on December 22, 2015.[7]


  1. ^ a b John Sanford, xbiz.com, iPadult.com Teams With Magna Publishing to Bring Magazines to iPad, August 30, 2012.
  2. ^ "New York Post". Page Six. 7 October 2010. Archived from the original on 6 August 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  3. ^ a b Kernes Sr. Editor, Mark (March 2014). "The Industry Remembers Gloria Leonard". Adult Video News. Vol. 30, no. 3. pp. 22–23, 112. Retrieved 8 March 2014. {{cite magazine}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  4. ^ "High Society Busty Adult Magazine May 1986 10th Anniversary Collectors Issue!". amazon.com. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Gloria Leonard". Feminists for Free Expression. Archived from the original on 18 April 2009. Retrieved 30 March 2009.
  6. ^ Playgirl Dresses Up as PPV Channel
  7. ^ "1-800-PHONESEX Acquires Leading New York-Based Adult Publisher". PR Newswire. Los Angeles. 29 December 2015. Retrieved 31 December 2015.

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