What Its Actually Like To Wear The Playboy Bunny Suit, According To This Icon


    In the past 24 hours, much has been said and written about publication. On Thursday, founder Hugh Hefner passed away peacefully at persons under the age of 91. While it’s always sad when someone dies, I find it interesting that so many men and women herald Mr. Hefner as a legend. To me, he always seemed as a male profiteer of women’s bodies and a emblem of female subjugation; the “iconic” Playboy bunny suit garb a manifestation of scratchy, tightly-zipped persecution. And according to undercover reports by feminist trailblazer Gloria Steinem, wearing the original Playboy bunny suit wasn’t such a hoppy experience, after all.

    In 1963, Steinem went undercover at a midtown Manhattan Playboy club to write an “expose for intelligent people” in publication. She called herself “Marie Catherine Ochs” and her essay “A Bunny’s Tale, ” and just as her body was on display in the club, her humour and resolve are apparent in every word of the three-piece story.

    In order to qualify for the waitressing posture, the former Phi Beta Kappa sorority member was required to undergo a physical examination for sexually transmitted infections, as well as supplying her dimensions. In short, long and slender legs were an essential prerequisite. Steinem’s fit figure enabled her to snag the role, which she would come to realize was an impossible balancing act.

    “We don’t like our girls to have any background, ” said the Bunny Mother, “We merely want you to fit the bunny image.”

    Case in point: “Table Bunnies” employed at the club would run up and down staircases in search of ever-thinner gams( curious, dedicated how every time I tried that in my early twenties, my legs would bulk up like Hulk Hogan ). That workout, plus the act of pulling doubled transformations to compensate for low wages, resulted in the desired weight loss. Voices ideal, but it wasn’t all ricochet tails. On account of being too, the Table Bunnies would then be prevented from working in photoshoots.

    Another frustrating side-effect of the bunny get-up was induced by high-heels. Steinem claimed her feet permanently grew a half shoe size from sporting the required three-inch heels during her switchings.

    Women, human. When physically forcing our bodies into someone else’s ideal, we.


    But back to the suit. You’ll never believe what Steinem reported the Playmates would stuff into their bras for additional cleavage: Plastic dry clean purses! The original boob job. I can’t even imagine how uncomfortable rough plastic wrap must’ve felt over one’s chest, pressed in by a scalloped neckline.

    But of course, the most significant danger to the Playmates was losing precious weight in their busts, which “Marie Catherine” said occurred as a result of sweating under all the plastic. The corset worn underneath the costume was so tight that when Bunnies sneezed, it would rip. “The boning in the waist would have constructed Scarlett O’Hara blanch. I was sure it would be perilous to bending over, ” wrote Steinem.

    If you are considering reviving the Playboy bunny suit costume for Halloween, opt for a modern adaptation with a flexible fabric, so you can dance like no one’s watching, take shootings, and all other things antithetical to the strict Playboy bunny image of yesteryear.

    Beauty-obsessed readers might be surprised to learn a little-known makeup fact from Steinem’s story. In 1963, you couldn’t simply hit up Duane Reade for some Ardell, you actually had to go to a 24 -hour beauty supply store to get personally fitted for false lashes. That portion actually does sound glamorous.

    Not so flattering, however, was how white Playmate referred to women of coloring as “chocolate bunnies, ” who Steinem classified as “negro girls.” Truly cringeworthy, which in the end, is how Steinem characterized the entire experience. “I believe Hefner himself wants to go down in history as a person of sophistication and glamour. But the last person I would want to go down in history as is Hugh Hefner, ” she reportedly stated.

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    The exacting specifications of Mr. Hefner were largely reductive, prescriptive, and unrepresentative of the diverse pond of female pulchritude. Perhaps you grew up in epoch, and witnessed Holly, Bridget, and Kendra acquiesce to their boss’s bedtime, travel, and beauty and way regulations. The females were white, with long, white-platinum hair and surgically enhanced figures, matching the overarching aesthetic Hef pushed on the pages of.

    Getty/ Robert Mora

    With that said, Hef’s 26 year-old son Cooper Hefner took over the reigns at Playboy in July 2016 as Chief Creative Officer, and in that time, has expanded the fighting periodical’s definition of beauty. Most recently, a bald, small-chested Halsey graced the cover, loud and spunky in a sheer pink top. The younger Mr. Hefner, currently under a long-term relationship with British actress Scarlett Bryne( who portrayed Pansy Parkinson in ), even expressed regret for having Donald J. Trump as a encompas star.

    Notwithstanding his role in the sexual revolution, the legacy of Hugh Hefner is muddled at best. But with Cooper at the helm, the happen of the guard for Playboy might just mean a better experience for Playmates, and women everywhere who look up to who Steinem described as “the most envied daughters in America.”

    All I know is, I’m not running undercover to find out.

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