Wednesday, 30 July 2014

The Incredible Bunny Yeager

“They all wanted to model for me because they knew I wouldn’t take advantage of them.”

Bunny Yeager is one inspirational woman. Her striking looks led her to become one of the most sought-after pin-up models of the late Forties. A title she despised however, as she considered the phrase ‘pin-up’ to be cheap. She drew success from her modelling career but she soon began to realise that she’d rather be behind the camera than in front of it. Female photographers were few and far between at this time, but Bunny had the experience of posing as well as an eye for creating the most flattering image of the female form, an attribute rare among most male photographers. Women trusted her not to take advantage of them and soon her work became renowned after her shots of a then unknown model by the name of Bettie Page caught the eye of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. Hefner saw the huge talent in both Bunny and Bettie and soon enough the pair became pin-up royalty.

Bunny continued her work for men’s magazines and credited herself as a photographer of ‘real women – with curves and a little bit of cellulite’, a rare and refreshing approach to pin-up photography. In 1962, she took the infamous beach stills of Ursula Andress during her role as a Bond Girl in Dr No, firmly cementing both ladies into cinematic history.

Bunny may have made her name back in the 1940s as a model, but she continues her success today as a fierce business woman. As if her resume wasn’t impressive enough, last year she ventured into the fashion world and launched her own clothing line. Still going strong at 83, is there anything this woman can’t do?!

Words by Charlotte Hobbs