Gloria Steinem Got Her Start As An Undercover Playboy Bunny

By Jacob Shelton
Gloria Steinem on the job as a Playboy Bunny. Source: Getty Images / Bettmann / Contributor

In 1963, Gloria Steinem's expose "A Bunny's Tale," was published in Show magazine. The article lifted the curtain on one of the most legendary nightlife establishments of the 20th century -- the Playboy Club. Written in the form of diary entries, the multi-part article details the ho-hum drudgery of a table-waiting job that will be familiar to anyone who's ever worked minimum wage in a goofy outfit, to the body horror and nickel-and-diming perpetrated against the young women who saw the Playboy Club as an opportunity at good money and an entree into the world of modeling. Steinem's expose didn't bring down Playboy and it didn't turn her into an overnight sensation, but it did help bring about necessary changes in an exploitative industry.