What is the difference between Bunnies and Playmates?

One of the most common misconceptions held by those who know little of Playboy and it's history is the belief that Playmates are Bunnies and vice-versa. The term 'Bunny' or 'Playboy Bunny' is often used synonymously as a descriptive term for any woman who has appeared au naturel in PLAYBOY. But Bunnies are distinct from Playmates who in turn are different from Playboy models.

Hello, my name is Joey, I was a Playmate Bunny!

  • A Playboy Bunny is strictly speaking a woman who has worked in a Playboy Club wearing the Bunny uniform. In the 31-year reign of the Playboy Clubs over 25,000 women wore satin ears and fluffy tails. Although many were asked, very few chose to become Playmates or models for the numerous 'Bunnies of... " pictorials which appeared in PLAYBOY. They were cotton-tailed queens. The world may never see their like again... Pedantry alert: When referring to Bunnies and their environment use capitalization since the terms are proper nouns. Thus: Playboy Bunny, Playboy Bunnies, Bunny, Bunnies, Playboy Club, Bunny Girl and not Playboy bunny, Playboy bunnies, bunny, bunnies, Playboy club, bunny girl. Of course Playboy should always begin with a capital 'P' if you are directly referring to the magazine, the company, the Bunnies, the Clubs, the philosophy, the founder (Hugh Hefner), or the Playmates, models, staff, etc.

  • A Playboy Playmate is a woman who has appeared in the centerfold pictorial of PLAYBOY magazine. A Playmate can only be correctly called a Playboy Bunny if she has worked in one of the Clubs. These ladies were called Playmate Bunnies (and they were paid a higher basic wage than non-Playmate Bunnies). Quite a few Playmates donned the Bunny ears and tail. There were over 25,000 Bunnies in Playboy's history and there are over 550 Playmates. The roll call of Playmate Bunnies includes Helena Antonaccio, Dianne Chandler, Carol Vitale, Karla Conway, Heather Van Every, Deanna Baker, Dolly Read, Connie Mason, June Cochran, Karen Christy, Lannie Balcolm, Kai Brendlinger, Terri Kimball, Avis Kimble, Jennifer Jackson, Laura Lyons, Janis Schmitt, Candace Collins, Laura Misch, Delores Wells, Patti Reynolds, Shay Knuth and Janet Lupo. Pamela Anderson and Marilyn Monroe were Playboy Playmates but NOT Playboy Bunnies. View the complete list of Playmate Bunnies.

  • A Playboy Model is a lady who has posed nude in a Playboy pictorial (but not the centerfold), or has been featured in one of Playboy's many secondary publications / news stand specials. Many Playmates have appeared in Playboy pictorials and other official publications before and after posing for the centerfold. Farrah Fawcett, Bo Derek, Cindy Crawford, etc. have all appeared in the pages of Playboy but are neither Playmates nor Bunnies. In the strictest sense, a Playboy Model is a woman contracted to the Playboy Modeling Agency. It is therefore not strictly accurate to call celebrities by the term Playboy model if they have posed for Playboy Back in the days when the Playboy Clubs were in their prime many Bunnies went on to work for the Playboy Modeling Agency, based in Los Angeles.

  • Playboy Playmates Angela Little, Lisa Dergan, Ava Fabian and Kelly Monaco wearing the Bunny outfit for a Playboy promotion.To confuse matters further, many recent Playboy Playmates and models have worn the Bunny costume for Playboy promotional events such as the Dewar's Playboy Lounge, the LA Lakers NBA celebration party, Hard Rock cafe openings, Playboy Golf Scrambles, numerous Playboy Mansion events (including as Bunny Ring Girls at boxing exhibitions), Spring Break festivities and the cancelled 2000 Democrat Presidential Fundraiser at the Los Angeles Playboy Mansion. Last, and certainly not least, the lovely Playmate Deana Brooks is adorable in her red Bunny costume as the online hostess ('Betting Bunny') for Playboy's sports and gaming websites. View the list of Current Playmate Bunnies.

The world famous Rabbit Head logo, designed by Art PaulThe Rabbit Head Design Logo, created by original PLAYBOY art director Art Paul is also referred to as the Playboy Bunny. So too the Rabbit in a tuxedo archetype-Playboy who featured on many PLAYBOY covers (mostly in the 1950s issues but also many subsequent January issue Playmate reviews down the decades). PLAYBOY successfully marketed this character as a stuffed collectible. For more on Playboy collectibles see the article The Rabbit In Your Attic.

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