Bunny Yeager always had the eye of an artist. Born as Linnea Yeager in 1929, Bunny is the OG pin-up girl who eventually turned her interests from modeling in front of the camera to being behind it. Her iconic photos of Bettie Page pioneered a new era of curvy pin-up girls and changed the landscape of women in erotic photography.
The Renegade Bunny Yeager
Southern Florida was the ideal climate for Bunny Yeager. Her first assignment at a vocational school, during the early 1950’s, was to shot anything she wanted and return for a critique. Bunny Yeager surprised her instructor and classmates with provocative images of a bikini clad friend (Bettie Page) posing with wild cheetahs inside the Boca Raton zoo. Her teacher insisted that she send the photos to a few magazines. Needless to say—A couple of stars were born!
Woman to Woman
Bunny Yeager had a very relaxed style when working with her female models. Many of the models later said she gave them the confidence and encouragement, especially when shooting nude or near-nude. As a female photographer, Bunny Yeager did not objectify the women she was shooting and was capable of bringing a level of comfort and ease her male counterparts could not.
Bond, James Bond
Not many people are aware that Bunny Yeager was involved in shooting the still photography for the James Bond film, Dr. No. The film’s producers wanted someone who knew how to capture powerful women like Ursula Andres.
Fearless Bunny Yeager
The 1950’s was a pivotal time for female sexuality. More and more women were leaving for work outside the home, giving them a sense of empowerment. Bunny capitalized on the cultural shift showing powerful women in strong, sexual poses. Although the work of Bunny Yeager was often criticized for being too overtly sexy, men still gobbled up the magazine’s where her work was featured.