It all started back in February 1972, when she was chosen to represent her fellow cottontails from the Los Angeles Playboy Club at the annual Bunny Beauty Contest. That event, a lavish pageant at the Playboy Club-Hotel at Great Gorge, New Jersey, took place in March.
Twenty-one girls – the pick of Playboy’s hutches throughout the world – competed, and when it was all over, Ruthy Ross had won the title Bunny of the Year – 1972. “‘Surprised’?” she recalls. “I didn’t think I had a chance. No sleep the night before the finals. Thought I looked a wreck, but apparently – and luckily – the judges didn’t agree.”