Steinem, a freelance writer, was commissioned by SHOW to apply for a job at the Playboy Club under a fake name and document her experience. Ads for jobs as a server at the club, whose female...Estimated Reading Time: 5 mins
It has been 21 years since Miss Steinem posed as a Playboy Bunny and wrote a humorous, dryly observant expose of the Bunny rituals for Show Magazine. One day last week, Miss Steinem …Estimated Reading Time: 7 mins
Almost exactly 56 years ago, Gloria Steinem published an investigative tell-all in Show magazine titled “A Bunny’s Tale.” She had applied for a job as a Playboy Bunny under the name Marie Catherine...Estimated Reading Time: 8 mins
The feminist icon posed as a cocktail waitress at New York City’s famed Playboy Club in 1963 — bunny ears and all. Gloria Steinem ’s name is synonymous with feminism.Estimated Reading Time: 8 mins
Steinem went undercover as a server at the Playboy Bunny Club in New York City under the name Marie Catherine Ochs, a 24 year old with a painstakingly created backstory. Steinem quickly found that it didn't matter who she was or where she previously worked, as long as she had the right look.Estimated Reading Time: 7 mins
Gloria Steinem stormed the popular consciousness in 1963, the year her undercover exposé documenting the humiliations that cocktail waitresses at Hugh Hefner’s Playboy …Estimated Reading Time: 7 mins
Before Gloria Steinem was the face of second-wave feminism, she was an anti-communist operative for the CIA and went undercover with Playboy to expose their misogynistic practices. Gloria Steinem is a journalist and activist who rose to prominence as the stylish frontwoman of the women’s liberation movement in 1970s America.Estimated Reading Time: 10 mins
The job listing for the Playboy Club that Gloria Steinem answered in 1963. In his clubs, wrote Steinem, the black women who worked for Playboy were not just Bunnies, like their white counterparts, they were Chocolate Bunnies.
The seamstress zipped America’s future top feminist into her Playboy Bunny costume — it was so tight it hurt — and stuffed her bra with a. Source: Steinem, Gloria, “I Was a Playboy Bunny,” from Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, by Gloria Steinem.Estimated Reading Time: 5 mins
On top of being a political activist, she helped create New York and Ms. But early in her career, she did the antithesis of what any feminist would do: She stripped down and became a Playboy Bunny. However, in true Steinem style, it was all in the name of strong journalism with an essential message. The original closed in , and a relaunch only lasted from to Taking on the name of Marie Catherine Ochs, Steinem created a new identity, shedding years off her actual age, and creating a resume filled with waitressing in London and working as a dancer-hostess in Paris. Eventually, she made it into a bright satin blue Bunny costume. The bottom was cut up so high that it left my hip bone exposed as well as a good five inches of my untanned derriere. While she settled into the newfound curves of her body, the wardrobe mistress stuffed plastic dry cleaning bags into the top of the costume for extra cleavage. Apparently, Steinem fit the bunny mold and no actual interviews were needed. She fit the look and was hired. Steinem leaving a courthouse after being subpoenaed in connection to her story for 'Show' magazine. She also had to get a chest X-ray at the Department of Health. With the physical checked off, she entered Bunny Training, which included make-up guidance as well as Bunny Bible study, Bunny Mother Lecture, Bunny Father Lecture, Bunny School, floor training and a written test which she purposefully botched to make it look more authentic and still scored the highest in her class. Fully strapped into her Bunny gear, Steinem was able to infiltrate the inner world in a way no one had ever seen. The financial cost of being a Bunny was shocking from the start. As a result of those rules, money was often stolen from personal lockers and busboys would make arrangements with Bunnies to snag and split extra cash. Steinem and Kirstie Alley, who played Steinem in a TV movie based on her experience, pose with Steinem's photo from going undercover at the Playboy Club. The low pay heightened the humiliation of being gawked at by men who would offer their hotel room keys or cash in the midst of their alcohol-fueled outings. But no matter what happened, the Bunnies had to stick to the strictly scripted lines and moves. Steinem also had to spend countless hours trapped in the uncomfortable uniform. While Steinem constantly feared getting caught for not having proper documentation — or for being spotted by people she knew — she survived about a month as a Bunny undetected. The "Queen of Soul" took an existing song and infused it with such passion that it has become a universal rallying cry for the civil rights and feminist movements. As the first Black woman to headline the music festival, the Grammy winner combined African American history and her iconic music catalog for a two-hour show that changed pop culture. A spontaneous meeting of two powerhouse British musical acts in Switzerland created one of the most iconic songs in music history. The couple's fun-loving, self-deprecating humor has kept their relationship as strong today as it was when they met nearly three decades ago. The singer's last month featured positive personal and professional developments, but also included several confrontations with the woman who would become her killer. The surprise wedding announcement between the King of Pop and the daughter of The King shocked the world in — and ended in divorce less than two years later. By Rachel Chang. By Sara Kettler. See More.