As Hugh Hefner dies aged 91, we take a look back at a book by former playmate Holly Madison which dished the dirt on the catfights, the orgies, the Playmates and Hugh Hefner himself. Holly describes Hefner's bedroom: "Two huge television screens projecting graphic porn lit up the otherwise dark bedroom. In the middle, a very pale man was tending to his own business The girlfriends, in various stages of undress, were sitting in a semi-circle at the edge of the bed. The girls pretended to get frisky with each other but, concealed in the darkness, they were actually gossiping discreetly. Indeed, "if smartphones had been around then, I'm pretty sure they would have been texting or checking their Instagram when Hef wasn't looking.
Playboy, Brooke Shields and the fetishisation of young girls
Michelle Smith has previously received funding from the Australian Research Council. The passing of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner prompted both positive and negative eulogising. From one perspective, he was a revolutionary who helped to dismantle the long-standing secrecy and shame surrounding sexuality. And from another , he simply popularised the objectification of women for the gratification of men.
A Playboy Bunny is a waitress at a Playboy Club. Bunnies at the original Playboy Clubs that operated between and  were selected through auditions, received a standardized training, and wore a costume called a "bunny suit" inspired by the tuxedo -wearing Playboy rabbit mascot , consisting of a strapless corset teddy , bunny ears, black pantyhose, a bow tie , a collar , cuffs and a fluffy cottontail. More recent Playboy Clubs have also featured Bunnies, in some cases with redesigned costumes based on the original bunny suit. Bunny's Tavern was named for its original owner, Bernard "Bunny" Fitzsimmons, who opened for business in
In the beginning, the bunnies were simply young women who worked as waitstaff in Playboy's clubs. From to , the brand ran 40 nightclubs, according to Atlas Obscura, as well as some intermittent casinos in England and the Bahamas. Prospective bunnies had to audition in order to get the job.