If you know your pinup – you know that famous pinup photographer Bunny Yeager died a week ago at age 85. Bunny Yeager helped launch Bettie Page’s iconic career while launching her own. Bunny herself was a model and only got into photography after finding that handing out prints of her own photos to modeling agents was expensive. She went to college to learn how to make the prints herself and found that she was better behind the camera than in front of it. After an instructor encouraged her to submit her work to magazines, she chose Playboy because it was a new magazine at the time and thought she would be more likely to get published. The image she submitted was of a then unknown Bettie Page. The 2 collaborated many more times and made many iconic images of Bettie that made her probably the best known pinup model ever. Bunny wanted every woman to feel beautiful and paid little attention to what was “popular” at the time.
“What a boring place the world would be if every woman looked the same as the next…Make the most what you have and enjoy being female; enjoy being YOU. ” These women have curves and even visible cellulite. “I don’t like the skinniness” she says of today’s ideal. “I like to see a model who has meat on her bones. For fashion, maybe you need to show off the clothes, but if you want to show off a beautiful woman, you need her to be shapely, to show that she is a woman.” -Bunny Yeager
Self Portrait, 1950
Bunny and Bettie, 1954
Ursula Andrews in Dr. No, 1962 (photo by Bunny Yeager)