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28th Sep 2017

So THAT’S why the Playboy girls are called bunnies

It's not what we expected.

It’s not what we expected.

We’ve grown up knowing of the Playboy Bunnies. You may have been addicted to the Girls of the Playboy Mansion, when it was on TV, or simply known of their existence from references online.

But, have you ever wondered why they are called Bunnies? Wonder no more…

The late Hugh Hefner once confirmed the reason behind it. According to The Sun, while Hef was in college, he used to visit a local bar called Bunny’s Tavern in Illinois. The bar served cheap food and drink which appealed to the students in the area.

After he established the Playboy Empire he decided to pay tribute to the owner of the bar, Bernard “Bunny” Fitzsimmons, by calling his models the Playboy Bunnies.

He even wrote a handwritten letter to the bar confirming the origin of the title and to thank them for the many happy years he spent visiting the bar while in college.

Bunny's Tavern in Urbana, IL. Hugh Hefner was a regular customer here when he was a student at U of I.

He also liked the idea of the ‘bunny’ name as it was a nod to the sexual activities of bunnies. That part isn’t very shocking.