Thursday, December 11, 2008

Pinup model Bettie Page dies at 85

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Image: Bettie Page
Bettie Page attracted national attention for her 1950s pinup photos. She experienced a resurgence of fame in the 1990s and 2000s
secretary-turned-model whose controversial photographs in skimpy attire or none at all helped set the stage for the 1960s sexual revolution
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Her photos included a centerfold in the January 1955 issue of then-fledgling Playboy magazine, as well as controversial sadomasochistic poses.

S&M photos denounced as perversion
Her career began one day in October 1950 when she took a respite from her job as a secretary in a New York office for a walk along the beach at Coney Island. An amateur photographer named Jerry Tibbs admired the 27-year-old's firm, curvy body and asked her to pose.

Image: Bettie Page
In 1951, Page fell under the influence of a photographer and his sister who specialized in S&M. They cut her hair into the dark bangs that became her signature and posed her in spiked heels and little else. She was photographed with a whip in her hand
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