One of 2017’s saddest losses was the iconic Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner. As tribute, we end the year with a gallery of Bunny Girls from the Playboy clubs and beyond – including celebrity bunny Debbie Harry.
In the beginning … Hugh Hefner poses with “bunny-girl” hostess Bonnie J. Halpin at his Playboy nightclub in Chicago, on June 20, 1961.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – FEBRUARY 03: Playboy Bunnies attend the 2012 Playboy Party hosted by Bud Light Hotel at Bud Light Hotel on February 3, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Bud Light Hotel)
The ‘Singing Bunnies’ – Bunny Girl waitresses at the London Playboy Club – perform a song during the club’s ‘Showtime In The Playroom’ spot, circa 1972. The group have recorded an album and are, left to right: Elaine Tulley, Heather Colne, Rosemary Lamb, Julie Ann Smith, Jo Anne Wigley and Karen Parkinson. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 19: Rock and roll singer Jackie Wilson poses for a portrait with a group of Playboy Bunnies at a dinner for the Motion Picture Pioneers Association at the Playboy Club on November 19, 1962 in New York, New York. (Photo by PoPsie Randolph/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
This undated handout photo courtesy of Playboy shows Debra Harry during her stint as a Playboy “bunny” before she became a star with the band “Blondie” Fifty years after Hefner launched Playboy and a sexual revolution, the pop culture icon is moving to re-invent its ‘Swinging 60s’ image for a new generation of pleasure seekers. From an idea born on Hefner’s Chicago kitchen table, Playboy has become a huge business empire and one of the world’s most recognizable brands. With its centre-fold pinups, the magazine has evolved from what was regarded as smut into a glamor publication that Sharon Stone, Cindy Crawford and Kim Basinger and other stars clamored to pose nude for. Playboy will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary this December. AFP PHOTO/HO (Photo credit should read PLAYBOY/AFP/Getty Images) DCA95