Queen of Playboy

The fascinating, confusing Christie Hefner.

Published January 23, 2006 2:00PM (EST)

The Australian today has a piece about 53-year-old Playboy chairwoman and CEO Christie Hefner's recent trip to Melbourne.

Hefner is such a fascinating figure: Her fortune is built on the bodies of women scantily dressed in cottontails, yes. But she's also a committed pro-choice, left-wing activist and a great believer in and supporter of women in business.

"Forty per cent of my executive staff is female," she told the Australian, "including the chief financial officer and the heads of marketing, administrative services and human resources." She also credited the company's growth to her ability to "attract so many bright successful women."

What are Broadsheet readers' thoughts on the woman who holds the keys to the mansion these days?

By Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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