In deference to a flurry of controversy surrounding the upcoming Playboy Club launch in Candolim in India’s western state of Goa, a new customized design for the Indian bunny uniform has been revealed.
Playboy founder Hugh Hefner made the final decision on the design, reported the Times of India.
U.S.-based designer Mohini Tadikonda reworked the iconic costume, adding long drapes of chiffon to the bottom half. The upper half — the satin bustier — remains tight and revealing.
Misgivings abounded over the uniform in particular when the club launch was first announced.
To satisfy the country’s obscenity laws, Indian company PB Lifestyle, which will operate the brand’s franchise in India, said the traditional bunny outfit with bodices, bow ties, bunny ears and bunny tails would be tamed.
India is a conservative society where kissing in public is considered taboo — Playboy magazine and similar publications are banned throughout the country.
“We are clear about one thing: There will absolutely be no nudity. The bunnies will be suited to Indian sensibilities and moral values,” Sanjay Gupta, CEO of PB Lifestyle, said in a local India Times article.
The club launch — originally scheduled for December — has reportedly been delayed, but the bunny training is in full swing.
Local press reported six hired bunnies — all foreign women — arrived in India and are undergoing “a rigorous four-week service training program conducted by the U.S.-based parent company” to prepare for the leporine role.
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The 2,043-square-meter club will be located on a beach at Candolim. It will be the first beach location for the club globally.
PB Lifestyle is planning to build more establishments in India with the Playboy brand, including a second Playboy Club in Hyderabad as well as hotels and cafes, according to Times of India. The California-based adult entertainment brand operates more than forty Playboy Clubs worldwide.