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Fashion has made celebrities of some pretty unlikely subjects, but the most recent one is highly unusual by any account: a slightly scraggly toy rabbit.

Jean Paul Gaultier with Star Von Bunny

Jean Paul Gaultier with Star Von Bunny.

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Fashion has made celebrities of some pretty unlikely subjects, but the most recent one is highly unusual by any account: a slightly scraggly toy rabbit. Star Von Bunny, as she is called, is the invention of Kym Canter, creative director of J.Mendel, who dreamt up a jet-set life for the stuffed animal. Indeed, Von Bunny's glamorous lifestyle has found her reading "Hamlet" with Mary-Louise Parker, walking the red carpet with Robert Downey Jr. and mugging for the camera with Jean Paul Gaultier (sticking to her "white food diet" all along the way). Canter has shot every moment and the resulting photographs appear in the new tome "Star Von Bunny: A Model Tale," out Tuesday from HarperCollins. As Von Bunny's self-appointed "stage mother," Canter talked to WWD about life on the bunny trail.

WWD:
Where on earth did you come up with this idea?

Kym Canter: I went to do a story ages ago on the plushie convention. I was going to do it for some indie magazine or wherever. Afterward I wanted to add more pictures, so I asked my assistant if she had her childhood stuffed animals and her mother found huge boxes full. Star just, you know, had something, and she really wanted it, so I started shooting her.

WWD: And carrying her around everywhere you went?

K.C.: Yes. She still goes tons of places with me. My friends are like, "You have to stop." I just came back from Egypt and I shot her at the Pyramids, and I took her to the Middle East. She always goes to Paris.

WWD: Does she have her own seat on the plane?

K.C.: She's pretty used to having her own seat. In the worst-case scenario, she'll take an arm rest. She's very spoiled. Her favorite mode of transportation is my Birkin bag.

WWD: In one of the photos, it looks like she's carrying a mini rabbit-fur handbag.

K.C.: It is not rabbit, it's mink.
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