Bunny Yeager Wants to Take Sexy Pics of Lindsay Lohan for Her New Wynwood Studio
|Bettie at Funland, 1954, silver gelatin print, Ed 25|
When it comes to sex appeal, Bunny Yeager is a legend. Her nude self-portraits and steamy shots of sexpots like Bettie Page helped bring women's bodies out of the Puritanical darkness and into the light of the 21st Century.
And the now-83-year-old icon is still going strong. With a recently released book (Bunny Yeager's Darkroom, by Petra Mason), a bathing suit line (by Bruno Banani), and the opening of a Wynwood studio this week, her creative juices are till flowing. We spoke with Bunny about cold modern women, sexting, and Lindsay Lohan.
Cultist: What inspired you to get back in the game?
Bunny Yeager: Well, I've had people pushing me to do this. They want to see more activity from me. I've just been content to write my books and work on some other projects, and they want me to come out of my cave and do what I normally do. It's OK -- I just wasn't thinking about it yet.
What are your plans for the new space?
We want to have a lot of new ideas. I've suggested to them several things, one of which would be a big cutout of me that people could pose with when they come in and say they were posing with me. People could take their own pictures in the corner, set up something like a studio. Everybody seems to like that idea -- we're gonna try it out.
|Bettie Lying With Cheetahs, 1954|
Do you have any upcoming projects planned?
Well, I have a lot of girls trying to get me to photograph them now. I don't have time to pay attention to that right now, but it seems to be if there are enough, maybe I could do a whole new book of the girls of today.
What's different about the women today versus the women you used to photograph in the Bettie Page era?
There's something cold about the women now. They seem distracted, they're not into what I was working with before. But that doesn't mean one was right or one was wrong. It's just that I have to adjust myself a little bit to new attitudes and see how it works out.
What do you think of the rise of smartphone photography?
I have no idea what a smartphone is. I don't know if it would be something I would want to touch or just leave.
Well, some people use smartphones to take nude pictures of themselves and send them to someone else. It's called "sexting."
Oh, I could never do that! I'd be too shy to do that.
And when you send pictures out that way, you never know where they could end up.
That's what I was thinking of too, because you could come out with good intentions when you do it, but it could backfire and cause you misery in the future.