Barbara Walters, higher often called Bobbie the Bunny, is proven within the picture above (second from the left) fully in her aspect. On the age of 22, she informed herself that she needed to grow to be a Playboy bunny the minute she noticed one on the duvet of Playboy journal as she was strolling out of a espresso store. The following day, she started working on the members-only Playboy Membership in New York Metropolis, the place she stayed for a 12 months earlier than being a bunny on the Miami Plaza Membership for 4 and a half extra years. Now 69, the still-striking brunette reminisces about what she claims as “the most effective time of my life.”
“There was no favourite half, I beloved each single factor about it,” Bobbie informed us. “From the minute I walked into the membership, your life adjustments; you permit who you’re outdoors and also you grow to be Playboy, you grow to be a bunny.”
With an all new Playboy Club reopening in Midtown Manhattan this September, I obtained to talk with Bobbie about its heyday within the early ’70s and what it took to be a bunny. Spoiler: it wasn’t simple. In keeping with the Ageless writer, the unique golf equipment had been the whole lot you’d think about; stuffed with glamour, celebrities, and beautiful women everywhere. There have been many guidelines and expectations that got here with the job, together with a strict no-dating-customers coverage (though Bobbie did meet her first husband on the Membership . . . however we’ll get to that later). See eight issues about being a Playboy bunny that may shock you.
1. There is a “bunny mom” and you need to undergo her first.
The day after Bobbie determined she needed to be a Playboy bunny, she walked straight into the New York Metropolis Membership and, by destiny, they occurred to be searching for bunnies. “They have to’ve been interviewing that day, I did not know, I simply went,” Bobbie stated. “There should have been 200 women.” Of these 200 women, solely about 30 to 40 had been chosen – together with Bobbie.
Appears had been the whole lot, in fact. In keeping with Bobbie, you needed to be fairly with a pleasant determine. It’s Playboy, in any case. “That may get you thru the door, however you are not gonna stick within the door lengthy if you do not have all the opposite attributes to go together with it,” she stated. As soon as your look and character impressed the bunny mom, the pinnacle of all bunnies, you then proceeded to see the Membership’s supervisor, who accepted whether or not or not you may placed on the enduring costume. “You tried on the costume to see the way it seemed, then you definitely went in an enormous room with a bunch of different women,” Bobbie stated. “The bunny mom got here in and stated ‘sure,’ ‘no,’ ‘sure,’ ‘no.’ I obtained a sure, that is all I do know.”
2. Giant breasts weren’t a requirement.
Regardless of what you may assume, having an enormous chest was not a prerequisite to getting employed. Good legs, sure, due to how excessive the go well with lower, however top nor boobs mattered – that they had a trick for that. “You do not want to have huge boobs as a result of there have been secrets and techniques that we realized to make them seem larger.” In keeping with Bobbie, the costume was made with small cups beneath the bra part that might be full of no matter you needed. You positioned your breasts on high of the padding, which may look as large or as delicate as you wished.
three. Coaching included studying the “bunny dip.”
Their week-long coaching concerned studying the precise order of liquor to make orders as environment friendly as attainable for the bartender. “It wasn’t random; first was scotch, then got here whiskey and bourbon, gin, vodka, rum – see, I nonetheless keep in mind it,” she stated. “And we had blended drinks and cream drinks, then we had beer. So, we get our drinks and go so all of it flowed.” The women additionally needed to learn to correctly carry a tray sporting five-inch heels, typically with 20 drinks directly. Then got here the bunny dip. “We needed to serve drinks backwards as a result of we could not bend down or else [customers] may see down your costume.”
four. You had been inspected by the bunny mom every night time earlier than going onto the ground.
The bunnies weren’t trusted to be floor-ready with out getting approval from the bunny mom. She made certain nobody was sporting ridiculous make-up or hair or any jewellery. The costumes had been additionally inspected nightly. “We had to ensure our costume was all the time saved clear and we handed it to the seamstress at night time,” Bobbie stated. “We had to ensure the costume was in form and we had to ensure we seemed excellent each night time that we went on the ground.”
5. Different bunnies would attempt to sabotage you.
Though many of the bunnies obtained alongside properly, there have been a number of that will attempt to get forward at your expense. If one did not such as you or was jealous of you, you may even discover your costume messed with, which had occurred to Bobbie as soon as. However general, it wasn’t a cutthroat setting in any respect.
6. There was a strict no-dating-customers coverage.
To make sure that not one of the bunnies had been courting the friends, Playboy would even ship in undercover patrons to attempt to attract them. If a bunny obliged to somebody’s go, their numbers could be tagged and reported for firing. “They needed to preserve a sure pretense,” Bobbie stated. “If males may simply come into the Playboy Membership with all these stunning women and simply date them randomly, that will be dangerous. They needed to preserve it stylish.”
Bobbie ended up assembly her first husband, Jules (pictured above), who was 40 years her senior, on the Membership. “He’d been coming into the Membership on a regular basis to see me and, you recognize, I could not give him my quantity,” she stated. “And one night time he simply waited for me after I would obtained performed with work and we obtained collectively that manner.” To keep away from getting her in hassle, Jules did not return to the Membership after that and the 2 obtained married a pair years later. They loved a wedding of 33 years till he handed.
7. Celebrities got here and went on a regular basis.
“My first night time on the job I met Johnny Carson and he was my first buyer,” she stated. “And he instantly requested me to go for a trip with him in his limousine.” Bobbie revered the Membership’s guidelines and politely let him know that it was her first day on the job. She additionally recalled stars like Henry Davis Jr. and Elton John, whom she launched to the stage herself.
eight. Purchasers all the time needed to the touch their tails.
“They’d play with the Playboy bunny tail and they’d assume you would not really feel it,” Bobbie stated. “I may inform when somebody was pulling at it and I would flip round and provides them a glance and I would be like, ‘You are not supposed to do this!’ However they beloved to do this.” With alcohol concerned and drunk males, Bobbie did expertise her justifiable share of vulgar and inappropriate purchasers. However apart from that, she would not dislike one factor concerning the job even to this present day.
“I labored there a very long time and I handled the job with respect and sophistication, and I simply had the most effective time,” she stated. “I look again and do not see one dangerous factor. The truth is, I dream of it at that I am again there serving drinks. I beloved it. I’ll all the time be a bunny.”