Bad Bunny made history when he appeared on the cover of Playboy magazine this week.
The artist becomes the first male to appear solo on the publication’s cover outside of founder Hugh Hefner.
The 26-year-old superstar is the subject of a lengthy profile from the magazine titled “Bad Bunny Is Not Playing God.” The shoot took place in Miami by celebrity photographer Stillz.
Bad Bunny spoke at length about a wide variety of topics including his most recent album YHLQMDLG, being an LGBTQ+ ally, love, sex, misogyny, and social justice.
His impact stretches well beyond his music and he is continually surprised by the positive responses he receives from fans. "I do all of this and I'm not even sure what I cause," he said. "It's not until someone comes up to me and tells me, 'Man, thank you,' that I realize the impact."
One of the main goals the “Yo Perreo Sola” singer works towards is using reggaetón to bring people together. “There’s nothing worse than being somewhere and feeling like you don’t belong,” he admitted.
“I’ve been trying to make sure everybody feels part of the culture of reggaetón. I want to make sure they feel that they have someone there, that friend that can stand up for them.”
He also opened up about the male-dominated music industry and world at large. “The music industry and society in general (treat women) like they're nothing. Women are human beings and deserve respect and the same treatment as anybody else," he said.
It's not the first time Bad Bunny has made cover history. Back in May, he was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a typical production shoot wasn't possible. Instead, his girlfriend Gabriela Berlingeri photographed him. When the magazine was released, Berlingeri became the first Latina to shoot for the cover of Rolling Stone.
Additionally, the profile was written by Suzy Expósito, making it the first cover story in the music magazine’s history to be written by a Latina.