Skip Nav
Walt Disney
These Disneybounds at Dapper Day Were So Creative, It's Insane
17 Skull Tattoos That Are Edgy and Beautiful
25 Halloween Costumes For the Most Romantic Couple on the Block

Playboy Bunny History

Mad Men: The Playboy Bunny in the '60s

Everybody has secrets — that pretty much sums up last night's episode of Mad Men. The least of Lane Pryce's secrets is that he's a key holder at New York's Playboy Club. Yet that key is likely something he'd brag about in 1965 rather than hold tight to the vest of his three-piece suit.

Hugh Hefner opened the first Playboy Club in 1960 in Chicago to bring the Playboy magazine experience to life. He quickly grew the Playboy empire by opening clubs around the world. They were elegant, high-profile spots and symbols of status (only 21 percent of key holders ever went to clubs because membership was enough), but it was also a bit of a knockoff of Chicago's Gaslight Club, which Playboy ran a feature on in 1959.

Was there a stigma to being a Playboy Bunny? Find out below.

Not really! Hugh Hefner had a strict look-but-don't-touch policy and faithfully tossed out high rollers who wouldn't play by the rules. Model Lauren Hutton got her start as a Bunny and Kimba Wood (now Judge Wood) worked at the London club before heading off to Harvard Law.

It wasn't until the '70s and '80s, when the clubs started to flounder and the women's costumes went through several changes that a Bunny's work seemed degrading. Mary Chipman got a job at New York's Playboy Club in 1971, just past its halcyon days, and the idea was already beginning to seem offensive.

"Once you make yourself into this Bunny — which isn't really a woman, it's kind of just this hybrid creature — people felt entitled to take liberties with you," she told NPR. "People would feel entitled to pull your tail or touch you. . . . The usual social barriers of treating women with a certain amount of respect were somewhat dissolved by the costume."

Photo courtesy of AMC

Around The Web
Join The Conversation
TheBestRedDress TheBestRedDress 5 years
Well we all have to make a living. I'm very thankful this isn't how I make mine.
ashleyheatherr ashleyheatherr 5 years
I would never want to be that. I always laugh at women who wear Playboy clothing. How cheap and trashy.
Mad Men Cast at the SAG Awards 2016
Stylish TV Show Characters
Mad Men Halloween Costume Ideas
Mad Men Cast at the Emmy Awards 2015 Pictures
Andy Samberg Spoofs Mad Men on the Emmys | Video
Kiernan Shipka Outfit at Emmys 2015
Sally Draper's Eyebrows Mad Men

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Love
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds