Former Playboy Bunnies declare they suffered ‘humiliating’ weigh-ins, body-shaming: doc

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For a number of Playboy Bunnies, style was ache.

A number of ladies who served on the famed Playboy Golf equipment are talking out about how donning the model’s iconic costume allegedly brought on intense scrutiny and bodily struggling.

The A&E 10-part documentary titled “Secrets of Playboy” options new interviews with quite a few members of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner’s employees and internal circle, in addition to previous girlfriends. New episodes air Monday nights.

PJ Masten, who labored for Playboy from 1972 till 1982, alleged that feminine staffers have been subjected to “humiliating” month-to-month weigh-ins. A chart of all of the Bunnies’ weights was allegedly on show subsequent to the dimensions for everybody to see.

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A group of Playboy Bunnies from London's Playboy Club waiting for Hugh Hefner, the American owner of the 'Playboy' business empire, at a London Airport. 

A gaggle of Playboy Bunnies from London’s Playboy Membership ready for Hugh Hefner, the American proprietor of the ‘Playboy’ enterprise empire, at a London Airport. 
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“If you gained weight, you were going to have a really bad problem,” claimed Susanne Singer, who labored on the Playboy Membership in Century Metropolis, California, from 1972 till 1984, as quoted by People magazine.

“Because they weren’t going to let that costume out for you,” she added.

Suzanne Charneski, a Bunny on the Playboy Membership in Nice Gorge, New Jersey, from 1979 till 1982, additionally alleged that the model’s signature fashion brought on bodily hurt. The look featured a curve-hugging tailor-made satin leotard, fishnets, tuxedo-style wrist cuffs and choker items, towering stilettos, together with fluffy bunny ears and an identical tail.

“The costume has 18 metal stays in, so it took two people to put it on — you would have to hold it in the front and someone would zip it up the back,” she defined, as quoted by the outlet. “If you gained five pounds [with] those 18 metal stays, you couldn’t breathe. Literally.”

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Some women alleged they sustained bruises carrying heavy trays with drinks that had to be delivered with the ‘Bunny Dip’.

Some ladies alleged they sustained bruises carrying heavy trays with drinks that needed to be delivered with the ‘Bunny Dip’.
(Picture by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Assortment through Getty Photographs)

“I think that was part of it — to humiliate these girls,” Masten chimed. “If you didn’t get [your weight] down for next month, you were suspended until you got your weight down.”

“A lot of girls had kidney infections ’cause you were cinched in,” she continued. “We used to go into the ladies room and take our shoes off, which were encrusted with blood, and stick them in the toilet bowl and keep flushing it with, like, a whirlpool to get the swelling down, hoping that your shoes could fit back on.”

Masten, who took on the position of Bunny Mom in 1975, additionally famous the membership had excessive requirements when it got here to hiring new Bunnies.

“We had to evaluate them on their appearance, and we had a guideline that all Bunny Mothers were given: [no] crepey skin, sagging breasts, bags under their eyes, crooked teeth, some really nasty descriptions,” she defined.

A group of Playboy Bunnies line up for inspection by Hugh Hefner, publisher of Playboy magazine, in the main room of Playboy Mansion in Chicago. Hefner is inspecting the new improved fabric for the costumes.

A gaggle of Playboy Bunnies line up for inspection by Hugh Hefner, writer of Playboy journal, in the principle room of Playboy Mansion in Chicago. Hefner is inspecting the brand new improved cloth for the costumes.
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“It was heartbreaking to me and I just I couldn’t do it,” Masten admitted. “I couldn’t do it. I rebelled against it. I didn’t check off if they had crepey skin, or if they had saggy breasts, you couldn’t tell anyhow, I don’t want to fire somebody for image — that stays with you for the rest of your life, that’s a terrible thing.”

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Singer famous {that a} Bunny “wasn’t a real person, so to speak – she was an image.”

“Sitting here in 2021, I can see where many people would have thought that this was not how to treat women by saying, ‘Well, if your image changes, you’re outta here’ — and I understand that,” she mentioned. “But at the time, the way we were raised and the times that we were raised in, we didn’t think anything about it because we didn’t know any different. And that’s kind of sad.”

In Jan., former Playboy Bunny Jaki Nett, who additionally participated within the documentary, instructed Each day Put up she was required to realize weight earlier than slipping into the membership’s costume.

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Some former Playboy Bunnies alleged the iconic costume caused physical harm.

Some former Playboy Bunnies alleged the long-lasting costume brought on bodily hurt.
(Picture by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Assortment through Getty Photographs)

“I was interviewed by Hugh Hefner’s private secretary and the Bunny Mother at that time,” Nett defined. “I remembered they looked at me and went, ‘You’re too thin.’ So I figured, I’ll gain weight. I gained 10 pounds in two months. I was still too thin but eventually, I got hired. I was persistent.”

“You have to remember, a Playboy Bunny is hired because of their looks… And you had to maintain a certain weight, whatever it was that made you look good,” she continued. “They had very voluptuous ladies and some like me, who were very thin. When I went to my interview, I was under 100 pounds. I was really skinny.

“I appeared very very similar to the lady subsequent door, however one who had lengthy legs… And Hugh Hefner didn’t condone segregation so I didn’t really feel remoted as a Black Bunny. I felt accepted. There was no basic distinction. We had Black basic managers, room administrators and Bunnies. I used to be completely happy to be working on this atmosphere. It was fairly thrilling.”

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In response to the docuseries, a spokesperson for Playboy issued a statement to Daily Post.

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Hugh Hefner passed away in 2017 at age 91.

Hugh Hefner handed away in 2017 at age 91.
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“Today’s Playboy is not Hugh Hefner’s Playboy,” the assertion started. “We trust and validate these women and their stories and we strongly support those individuals who have come forward to share their experiences. As a brand with sex positivity at its core, we believe safety, security, and accountability are paramount.”

“The most important thing we can do right now is actively listen and learn from their experiences,” it continued. “We will never be afraid to confront the parts of our legacy as a company that do not reflect our values today.”

“As an organization with a more than 80% female workforce, we are committed to our ongoing evolution as a company and to driving positive change for our communities,” the assertion concluded.

Hefner’s son Cooper additionally took to Twitter to defend his late father.

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Cooper Hefner (L) has defended his father on Twitter.

Cooper Hefner (L) has defended his father on Twitter.
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“Some may not approve of the life my Dad chose, but my father was not a liar,” the 30-year-old tweeted. “However unconventional, he was sincere in his approach and lived honestly. He was generous in nature and cared deeply for people. These salacious stories are a case study of regret becoming revenge.”

Hefner handed away in 2017 at age 91.

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