Janice Raymond is going places. We mean that both literally and figuratively, since she's been accepted as a Jet Bunny on the Big Bunny, Hugh M. Hefner's customized DC-9 -- the world's most opulent private plane -- and, at presstime, was about to begin training for her new job. Being a Jet Bunny will give Janice a break from her regular duties at the Los Angeles Playboy Club. She's been a Bunny for just over a year, and though she works only several evenings a week serving cocktails and food to keyholders, she finds it "hard work." That's partly because the statuesque 23-year-old has to fend off endless questions about her size: "Every single night, somebody will say, 'Can I ask you a personal question?' And I just say, 'I'm five, ten -- flat-footed.' Am I uptight about being tall? Well, I used to be, in high school -- but not now." Janice had no hesitation about becoming a Bunny; she had been driving a minibus at L.A.'s International Airport, taking customers to their rent-a-cars. "It was 40 hours a week, and I just drove in circles all day." But rent-a-cars are a thing of the past for Janice and she revels in the California lifestyle. It's about a 20-minute drive from the L.A. Club to the Playa del Rey apartment Janice shares with a girlfriend. On rainy days, she may busy herself about the pad, but if the sun's out, Janice -- who majored in physical education at Long Beach State -- is more likely to be found water-skiing or riding a bike around the beach. Or at a car race, such as the Riverside Grand Prix or the California 500. She's been watching the cars all her life, since her father -- who moved the family to the States from their native England when Janice was about two -- was a mechanic for Stirling Moss, Phil Hill and other auto-racing stars. Janice still has relatives in Britain; earlier this year, she spent a month with her aunt and uncle in Lancashire. "The countryside was gorgeous," she reports. "The people were more down-to-earth than they are in Los Angeles, and life was generally slower. It was really good, in a way. But, to tell the truth, I'd rather stay in California; as far as I'm concerned, this is utopia." Looking at Janice, we'd be inclined to agree.
--- Photography by Larry Dale Gordon
I'll continue to do some modeling, but I haven't decided on a career.
Water-skiing, nice surprises.
Housework, disappointing men.
I'm a Bunny at the Playboy Club in Los Angeles.
"Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "The Sting," "The Exorcist."
DID YOU KNOW?
My father was the head racing mechanic for a lot of great drivers in the Fiftiess, and he went with them to break land-speed records on the salt flats.
I'm studying physical education at Long Beach State.
Don Rickles and Bob Hope.
I HOPE TO BE
Happy and healthy. Without those two, nothing else matters.
IN MY SPARE TIME
I water-ski as much as I possibly can. Eventually I would like to own a ski boat. If I'm not skiing, I'm sunbathing or having a drink with my friends. I hate being bored.
I'D LOVE TO MEET
Paul Newman, to see if he has the charm and sex appeal he projects on the screen.