10 of the weirdest things we’ve heard about life in the Playboy Mansion
A multitude of memoirs, including Down the Rabbit Hole, by Hugh Hefner's former girlfriend Holly Madison, has put life at the Playboy Mansion under the microscope more than ever.
He might have a reputation for hard-partying and a hedonistic lifestyle but if it’s not an official club night, Hugh Hefner enforces a strict curfew of 9pm on all of his girlfriends His reason? “So they won’t be running around on me!”
2. Friday’s allowance
Each girlfriend receives a clothing allowance of $1,000 every Friday. In order to pick up the cash, counted out in crisp $100 bills, they must queue up outside Hefner’s bedroom and ask for the money. He uses this time to bring up any complaints he may have about the girls. Defending the protocol, he said: “If you write it and make it sound sleazy, that’s easy to do.”
3. Seating plan
If you thought deciding on a seating plan for a wedding was tough work imagine having to create one – nightly. Hef has three tables which he arranges every evening, where the playmate sits determines whether they’re in his good books or not.
4. Social media
Hef might be closing in on his 90th year next April but that doesn’t mean he’s not keeping up with the times. According to British playmate Melissa Howe there are strict Twitter and Instagram rules. Appearing drunk in a photo would get a bunny “in trouble,” she said.
Hef likes to keep up with every single thing that’s written about the Playboy Mansion so everyday he’s delivered a box of his favourite donuts alongside the latest set of press clippings.
6. Flaming lips
All playmates must adhere to the no-red-lipstick rule while inside the walls of Gothic mansion. According to Hef’s former girlfriend Holly Madison in her tell-all book Down the Rabbit Hole, he told her the colour made her look “old, hard and cheap.”
It’s not just Ireland and Greece that were badly hit by the recession, the Playboy Mansion had to cut costs too. The Playmate of the Year used to receive a Porsche but now that’s been reduced to a Mini Cooper.
And just one other thing on the automobile end of things. Hugh leases out vehicles for the residents of the mansion, they are never given full ownership of a car. This is to avoid any Thelma and Louise-esque escapes.
Everything else might be tightly monitored and controlled in the mansion but food, of any kind and at any time, is unlimited. Apparently former guests can buzz up to the metal gates, order a quarter-pounder and drive straight back out again, without even having to pass themselves with Hugh.
10. Wild life
The property is one of only a handful of private residences with a zoo licence in California. So not only do the playmates have to contend with each other in the rankings there are peacocks, macaws and flamingos roaming around the grounds too. For good measure there’s also a cage which is home to 100 squirrel monkeys.