A Woman to Know: Bunny Yeager

It was like us doing a dance together. — Bunny Yeager

(Bunny with Bettie Page, image via Sin City Gallery)

After posing as a pinup throughout the 40s and 50s, Bunny turned the lens on herself -- and transformed the art of erotic photography. She began shooting nude and nearly-nude portraits for men's magazines like Penthouse, Playboy and Eye (she pitched Playboy most vociferously because "I heard they pay more than anyone else"). She launched her career as an erotic art director, designing sets and counting legendary models like Bettie Page among her subjects. But, she always insisted, her photos weren't "pornography" -- they were celebrations of the female body.

"I'm not doing it to titillate anybody's interest," she explained. "I want to show off how beautiful my subjects are, whether it's a cheetah or a live girl or two of them together."

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