1950’s Pin Up legend Betty Page became an icon to retro-loving pop culture fans during the 1980’s and ’90s. Not long after she made her way to New York City an amateur photographer took pictures of Bettie and put together her first pinup portfolio. The images of the shapely brunette reached Irving and Paula Klaw, brother-and-sister entrepreneurs who publish illicit magazines, and so began a career posing for photos in the 1940’s as a way to make ends meet while working on an acting career.
“Bettie’s numerous contradictions undoubtedly added to her charismatic personality. Nice and naughty, shy and daring, simple and exotic, Bettie shone with a freshness never before seen in the modeling industry. Without elaborate props, costumes, or set-dressings, Bettie produced some of the most beautiful shots to ever grace the covers of hundreds of magazines. Bettie’s smoothly tanned skin, deep blue eyes and coal-black hair with her trademark bangs, were enough inspiration to spark the imagination of even the least experienced photographers. Her “girl next door” look and innocent smile only complemented that explosive combination of features.
Bettie’s undeniable influence is still present today in fashion, films, and magazines just to name a few. The dark-haired girl from Nashville has become a living legend, a modern icon, a symbol of beauty and femininity that transcends ordinary standards. In the heart of her adoring fans, Bettie will forever remain the queen of pinup.”
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