Jennifer Jackson (right) (Miss March 1965) pictured with her twin sister Janis when they worked as Bunnies at Chicago’s Playboy Club
A group of Playboy Bunnies photographed at a dinner for the Motion Picture Pioneers Association at the Playboy Club on November 19, 1962 in New York, New York. (x)
Hugh Hefner poses with Playboy Club bunnies, 1966.
The first six british Bunnies- Dolly Read, Doreen Allen, Kathleen Bascombe, Joan Findlay, Catherine MacDonald and Magie Adam c. 1965-1966(x)
The African American woman pictured above, Zelda Wynn Valdes, created the iconic Playboy Bunny uniform (pictured below). From the Huffington Post:
Zelda was revered for her design talent and best known for her skill in highlighting the female body. Her curve-hugging creations were worn and loved by a host of Hollywood’s biggest starlets during the 1940s and 50s, including Joyce Bryant, Dorothy Dandridge, Josephine Baker, Ella Fitzgerald and Mae West. The Pennsylvania-native’s key role in glamorizing these women caught the attention of Playboy’s Hugh Hefner and he commissioned Zelda to design the first-ever Playboy Bunny costumes. And history has proven, the low-cut, skin-tight, sexy outfits are an iconic symbol of seduction and allure, forever ingrained in pop culture.
Playboy Bunnies at the Playboy Club, 1966
Dolly Read, a fully fledged bunny girl at Europe’s first Playboy Club, poses at the Hilton Hotel, London for a group of girls auditioning for the same job. 1966
October 12, 1964: Three bunny girls from America’s Playboy Clubs wonder whether they are suitably dressed for the London weather. From left to right, Martha Louise Hellwig, Elizabeth Yee and Katherine Fitzpatrick are winners of the Bunny Award for looks, charm and popularity.
British Playboy Bunny girls (Kathleen Bascombe, Dolly Read, Catherine MacDonald and Doreen Allen) arriving at London Airport, 1966