Pin-Up Of The Week: Bettie Page
Often referred to as ‘The Queen of Pin-ups’, Bettie Mae Page had a long and successful working life. Where the careers of most pin-ups are measured in months, she was in demand for years and built up quite the name for herself in the modelling industry.
For Bettie it was a case of no demand too weird and in the 50s she modeled for Irving Klaw in his works surrounding fetishistic themes, becoming the first famous bondage model. She also posed alongside a pair of cheetahs at a wildlife park in Florida and these Jungle Betty photographs are among her most celebrated.
She was chosen by Hugh Hefner to be the January 1955 playmate of the month and centerfold in a 2-year-old Playboy Magazine and it was in this year that she was awarded the title of “Miss Pin-up Girl of the World”.
From a young age Bettie experimented with her hair and makeup and often copied the looks of her favorite movie stars, but it was her iconic jet black hair, blue eyes and trademark fringe that made her the star we all know and love today.
It’s not just the fact that she is a fellow Betty - Bettie Page has been voted our Pin-up of the Week for daring to be different. The pin-up world just wouldn’t be the same without her!