Bettie Page Reveals All : Documentary Film
Bettie Mae Page (April 22, 1923 – December 11, 2008) was an American model who became famous in the 1950s for her pin-up photos.
Often referred to as the “Queen of Pinups”, her jet black hair, blue eyes, and trademark bangs have influenced artists for generations.
Page was “Miss January 1955″, one of the earliest Playmates of the Month for Playboy magazine. “I think that she was a remarkable lady, an iconic figure in pop culture who influenced sexuality, taste in fashion, someone who had a tremendous impact on our society,”
Playboy founder Hugh Hefner told the Associated Press.
After years of obscurity, she experienced a resurgence of popularity in the 1980s.
In a 1998 interview with Playboy, she commented on her career:
I never thought it was shameful. I felt normal. It’s just that it was much better than pounding a typewriter eight hours a day, which gets monotonous.
Within the last few years, she had hired a law firm to help her recoup some of the profits being made with her likeness.
According to MTV: “Katy Perry’s rocker bangs and throwback skimpy jumpers. Madonna’s Sex book and fascination with bondage gear. Rihanna’s obsession with all things leather, lace and second-skin binding.
Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction. The SuicideGirls Web site. The Pussycat Dolls. The entire career of burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese” would not have been possible without Page.
Many rockabilly and gothic girls emulate Bettie’s hairstyle with the black blunt bangs. You can see Bettie’s hairstyle and timeless facial features emulated in many modern pin-up models, such as Dita Von Teese and Masuimi Max.
In 2011, her estate made the Forbes annual list of top-earning dead celebrities, earning $6 million and tied with the estates of George Harrison and Andy Warhol, at 13th on the list.