Years after the last original Playboy Club closed down and even after the death of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner in , the women who don the iconic Playboy Bunny outfits still draw fascination and curiosity. You've probably heard the terms Playboy Bunny and Playmate tossed around interchangeably — but they're actually completely different roles, a Playboy spokesperson told Business Insider. As of December , women have been given the title of "Playboy Playmate" since the inception of the magazine, according to Playboy. Bunnies, one the other hand, "are hired to be cocktail servers and hostesses only," Thomerson said. Each Bunny is given a custom-fitted costume that includes a bodysuit, matching ears, collar and cuffs, a bow tie, cuff-links, a Bunny tail, a nameplate, stockings, and shoes.
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Most Americans would hate living in a world untouched by Hugh Hefner. It will come as no surprise that this docuseries treats its subject, the founder of the Playboy-magazine-and-beyond empire, with tender, loving care. Co-produced by Playboy Enterprises, its 10 episodes unfold as a hagiography of Hefner, who, back in a dark age of sexual repression, put the "he" in hedonism for countless red-blooded males. Hefner, who turns 91 on Sunday, played no on-camera role in the series. But he is seen and heard aplenty. Not only are there vast Playboy archives to draw from, but the saga is told mainly through dramatic reenactments, with young lookalike Matt Whelan portraying Hef on-screen and voicing him for the narration.
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Even JFK read it. Similarly, when he opened his first Playboy Club in Chicago in , Hefner emphasized respectability above raunchiness—a preference widely noted by writers reflecting on his legacy following his death at age 91 last week. The Playboy Club was a supper club, not a sex club; jackets and ties were required. One of the most iconic symbols of the Playboy Club was its waitstaff: a throng of women known, and dressed, as Bunnies. Much like the clubs themselves, the magazine whose name they shared, and the man who created all of it, the outfits worn by the Playboy Bunnies were a blend of provocative and old-fashioned. The rabbit became a Bunny, and an icon was born and quickly patented —a first for a service uniform. The first prototype—a satin one-piece worn over a prefab Merry Widow corset and paired with rabbit ears and a fluffy tail—looked too much like a bathing suit. A few snips of the scissors raised the leg opening, elongating the legs, accentuating the crotch, and removing any resemblance to swimwear. A rosette name tag at the right hipbone and dyed-to-match satin pumps completed the outfit. In reality, it was pretty tame—a place for flirting at most.
While year-old Hef lives with his and something girlfriends at Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, Christie, 55, pursues a more moderate existence in Chicago, enjoying quiet dinners with her husband lawyer and former Illinois state senator Billy Marovitz. Hef is perfectly happy to discuss how Viagra has rejuvenated him. His daughter keeps her sex life private and is known in the international business community for her acumen, focus and drive. The picture of elegance, she is dressed today in a well-cut suit, tailored top and pearl earrings, the only sign of extravagance her pear-shaped diamond engagement ring. She is, however, very much her father's daughter. After all, she has run the family business as chief executive officer and chairwoman of Playboy Enterprises Inc since