or snowbunny [snoh buh n-ee]
What does snow bunny mean?
A snow bunny is an attractive woman who enjoys skiing … or a white woman who likes or is in a relationship with a black man.
Where does snow bunny come from?
Snow bunny begins in the 1950s as a slang term for a novice skier, usually in reference to a woman. Bunny, here, may imply a sort of floppy inexperience on the slopes. Bunny has also been slang for an “attractive woman” since the 1700s … so there’s that.
This helped snow bunny quickly ride down the hill to a slang term for a woman who, as Green’s Dictionary of Slang memorably puts it, “frequents the ski slopes as much for the sex as for the sport.”
In 1952, the first Winter Olympics were held since World War II and the Women’s Nordic skiing event debuted. This decade also saw the invention of special recreational skis and a commercial snow-making machine. Plus, the US was in a postwar economic and leisure bloom. Ski films were also popular, depicting beautiful mountains with good-looking skiers on them. All of this helped make skiing exciting, glamorous, fun, and accessible to a growing American middle class—including, apparently, hot chicks, er, bunnies.
By the 2000s, snow bunny began to refer to any attractive woman, regardless of whether or not they were in Aspen. In black slang, snow bunny specifically became a term for a white woman. Bunny, here, continues to draw on its long applications to women, while the color of snow is white. Snow bunny sometimes specifically refers to a mixed-race couple where a black man is with a white woman as well as white women who are attracted to black men.
Examples of snow bunny
Who uses snow bunny?
True to the original term, women who enjoy winter sports may be referred to as or call themselves snow bunnies. Since the 1950s, the term has become more neutral and playful. While it can still imply an attractive woman, any female, regardless of looks or age, can bear the label.
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Off the slopes, the slang snow bunny for a “white woman” sees several uses. Men of color might use it when cat-calling sexy white women, which has racialized and sexist connotations.
@WiLLi909 happy Birthday 🎊 turn up ! Get you some snowbunnies
— Daniel Gonźalez (@JabronyLin) August 31, 2018
“Billy said there’d be free food and snow bunnies I’m not seeing either rn” pic.twitter.com/njz7G4lTNC
— Des♊️ (@Deeeii) November 7, 2018
White women themselves, however, who are attracted to black men may call themselves snow bunnies.
want a black bf so I can be his little snow bunny
— baby blue (@CarolThomps) December 23, 2013
Interracial couples, comprising a black male partner and white woman, may also proudly claim the snow bunny label to celebrate their relationship.
— Colleen Corby (@Corbehh_14) March 27, 2014
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