Bettie Page Pin-up And Nude Model Dies At 85
The model, Bettie Page, who helped lead the world into the late 50's and 60's sexual revolution died yesterday at the age of 85.
By today's Internet standards her photos may seem almost innocent but she first became famous for her black and white photos taken from around 1948 to 1957. These, though, were the pictures that helped turn her into an almost cult figure.
Her pin-up and nude photos were turned into Bettie Page products with everything from playing cards to Zippo lighters.
Bettie was mystified by her success and said in an interview with The Times, "I have no idea why I'm the only model who has had so much fame so long after quitting work."
She went on to say, "I want to be remembered as the woman who changed people's perspectives concerning nudity in its natural form."
In 1955 she became an early Playboy centrefold but later, at the age of 35, she gave up being a model, married a younger man and moved to Florida. Her marriage failed as did two more.
2005 saw her life story become a movie in The Notorious Bettie Page.
In her later years she found Christianity and said in an interview with Playboy in 2007, "When I turned my life over to the lord Jesus I was ashamed of having posed in the nude. But now, most of the money I've got is because I posed in the nude. So I'm not ashamed of it now."
There are nude photos of Bettie Page at CelebTease.com - strictly over 18's only.
posted by Luke Michaels at 14:35