I've been checking this blog's stats and have found that my post featuring a Betty Paige lighter has started to pick up popularity.
So why not a post all about her?!Honestly, I really didn't know much about her until recently. I randomly looked her up and found a video that just made me giggle. Coquettish, coy, sensual, but never crass, she had an air about her of complete subtlety and acceptance over sexuality in an age where the opposite was supreme.
And get this, (I am imprrrressed) she was a straight-A student and got her Bachelors of Arts at Peabody college. A post from an anonymous source on IMDB, states she started modeling while looking for a secretary job in New York. Her official page doesn't mention it but it does confirm that she started modeling in New York.
She lost her fame upon religious groups and the government investigating her for exposing nudity to the public and basically accusing her of being too sexual for her own good (as I am sure those who hounded her may have thought).
She eventually evaded the eye of fame and stayed in the background until she was found and questioned before her death in 2008 (crazy).
Few documentaries were made regarding her life before, during, and after being a pin-up model. Two years ago, the documentary Bettie Page Reveals All was released featuring celebrities such as Naomi Campbell, Dita Von Teese, and Hugh Hefner. Definitely will check that out.
Her fame has stood 5 decades and counting; replicated in burlesque shows by fans who admire her work. Watching her videos, many in the modeling business and even our sisters can learn: you are beautiful, sexy, hot in any way you dress just by loving yourself, having confidence, and being brave in not giving a rat's ass about what anybody thinks. All of the legends we have lost so far are evidence such things exist.