Then in the 2021 docuseries Secrets of Playboy, Bridget admitted that Hugh would be “pretty abrasive” in the way that he spoke to Holly.
Recalling one instance in particular, Bridget said: “[Holly] came down with red lipstick one time, and he flipped out and said he hated red lipstick on girls [and to] take it off right away, even though other people could wear red lipstick, and it didn’t seem to bother him.”
And Holly shed fresh light on Hugh’s hatred of red lipstick in a recent appearance on Coco Mocoe’s podcast, Ahead of the Curve.
Speaking to the former playmate, host Coco said: “Hugh Hefner hated red lipstick. Do you know where that stemmed from, or do you think it was a control tactic?”
Holly began her response by saying that girls that were new to the mansion would be allowed to wear red lipstick without any repercussions, seemingly supporting what Bridget had said two years earlier.
“I think it was a control tactic, but also, when I was brand new, I wore red lipstick out a couple of times, and he didn’t say anything about it,” she shared. “Because when you were the new girl in the group, you were always treated well.”
Remembering a quote that she’d heard elsewhere, Holly continued: “Somebody said, like, the higher up you are in a cult the worse you’re treated because they want the new people to bond and feel into it.”
“So I would wear red lipstick when I was new, and it wasn’t a big deal until, like, six months into it, when I was living in his bedroom and I was the main girlfriend, and he felt like he had the leeway to yell at me over it,” she said.
Theorizing as to why Hugh had an issue with the bold makeup look, Holly added: “I think he didn’t love it because when he invented the concept of a playmate in the ’50s, he wanted the women to look very young and fresh-faced because he felt like the look in the ‘50s at the time was very… He described it as 'somebody’s older sister.'”
“It was more sophisticated, fashion model, red lipstick,” she explained. “It was a lot of fabric and big skirts and everything, and he hated that. He wanted skimpy and fresh-faced and very young looking.”
“So I think that’s where his hatred of red lipstick came from,” Holly concluded. “That was an older mature woman, and it wasn’t, like, the barely legal thing anymore.”
And in 2021, Holly recalled Hugh angrily chastising her for cutting her hair short because he felt that it aged her.
“My hair was really long naturally, and I was just like, ‘I’m gonna go chop my hair off so I can at least look a little different,'” she said. “I came back with short hair, and [Hugh] flipped out on me. He was screaming at me and said it made me look old, hard, and cheap.”