Sunday, December 31, 2006
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Friday, December 29, 2006
From the web site "Bud Planet" there is a fascinating article about Bettie ...In The Life of a Pin-Up Legend, Stevens expounded on Betties appeal:
"She has an indescribable quality that separates her from all the other models of that time,” Stevens said. “You get a sense of pure joy from her, as though she just came alive for the camera and gave it her all. There's a timeless quality about her that gives her images a real currency even though they were shot some 40 years ago. It's an amazing feat, to be able to bridge time the way she does. She is embraced by both sexes, and she's become a role model for young women -- a maverick who did as she pleased without concern for the social restrictions of the time. Bettie was bold and independent when women just weren't allowed to be that. That's an admirable, risky quality that can invite trouble. Her image will still be around long after we're gone."
It's especially intriguing that on the final page of The Life of a Pin-Up Legend, the authors quote a psychologist who studies facial appearance. The comments of Professor Michael Cunningham are a fascinating explanation of the ageless appeal of Bettie Page: "I took nine measurements of Bettie Page's features using an electronic micrometer, and then standardized those measures as ratios to the size of the head, I compared Bettie's facial metrics to a database containing measurements of both other stars and of uncelebrated women,” Cunningham said. “The numbers confirmed what most pin-up viewers might intuitively perceive. The height and width of Bettie Page's eyes were much greater than average, giving her the appearance of child-like innocence and playfulness. That effect was compounded by her very large smile, and her eyebrows, which were set higher than average. The combination of child-like and expressive features made her face appear both open and non-threatening."
Had Bettie's cheekbones and chin been larger, she might have seemed intimidatingly beautiful. But those features were in the normal range, so the overall appearance is not that of an unobtainable ice princess, but rather that of a pleasant and eager-to-please girl next door. Bettie's long-term appeal may be due, in part, to the contrast between her facial appearance and that of her body and apparel. Her face gives the impression of a sweet and wholesome girl who would not turn a guy down for a date or make him feel inadequate. At the same time, her black lace and sensuous pose suggest that the date will not be limited to a chat at the malt shop and a chaste kiss at the door. The perception of sweetness and sexuality, of pleasure without threat, may capture the heart of the ambivalent 20th Century American man."
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Their site has a short concise blurb about our Bettie . . . From their site verbatim, I give you the following:
"Bettie Page has been immortalized in bronze sculpture, song lyrics, paintings, comic books, and enough tattoo ink to flood a swimming pool. As the many tributes testify, the Nashville native reigns as an American pop culture icon. The 1950s pinup queen was born the second of five children to Roy and Edna Page in Nashville, April 22, 1923. Bettie's early years were spent drifting throughout the South with her family as her father searched for employment. In 1933 Edna left Roy and moved back to Nashville, where she supported her children as a hairdresser.
Assessing her future possibilities, Page decided that education was her only means of escape from the poverty and instability she had known since birth. She excelled as a student at Hume-Fogg High School and graduated in 1940 as salutatorian, earning a scholarship to George Peabody College for Teachers. After graduating with a teaching degree, Page decided a career in education was not for her. She began to travel, making a living with secretarial work in San Francisco, Miami Beach, Haiti, and New York.
At Coney Island in 1950 Page met amateur photographer Jerry Tibbs, who took her first pinup photographs and convinced her to cut her famous bangs. She began modeling for camera clubs part time, soon becoming a favorite of "gentlemen's magazines." The most infamous of Page's photographs were taken by Paula and Irving Klaw. Clad in leather, six-inch heels, metal cones, ball gags, or other fetish regalia, Bettie teased and spanked her way through hundreds of photo sessions and a few short films. After the Klaws were investigated in 1957 by a U.S. Senate subcommittee led by Tennessee's Estes Kefauver, Page left modeling. In 1959 the ex-pinup devoted the rest of her life to the Christian faith. Bettie Page now lives in California, declining offers to be photographed, while the web page supported by her and her brother Jack adds to the mystique that attracts a new generation of admirers."
Brenda Colladay, Nashville
Suggested Reading(s): Karen Essex and James L. Swanson, Bettie Page: The Life of a Pin-Up Legend (1996); Bunny Yeager, Betty Page Confidential (1994).
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Page rarely allows herself to be photographed because she wants people to remember her the way she was; a fresh-faced and a young beautiful woman. However, she did allow a photograph to be taken for the August 2003 edition of Playboy. Her hair had turned steel gray. Her face was fuller but still attractive and her eyes still sparkled. Perhaps most significantly, Betty Page is still wearing short bangs and smiling.
Saturday, December 23, 2006
As stated in my 1st post, Bettie is now a "born again Christian," and in keeping an honest and respectful approach, (no nudity or very little on this blog) out of respect for her -- I have only posted her head shot
: ) Merry Christmas!
Friday, December 22, 2006
Full name : Bettie Mae Page
Birth date : April 22, 1923
Born : Nashville, Tennessee
Height : 5 feet 5 1/2 inches
Marriages : Billy Neal (1943 - 1947), Armond Walterson (1958 - 1963) and Harry
Lear (1967 - 1972)
Children : none
Hair color : black
Eye color : blue-gray
Measurements : 36-23-35
Education : Bachelor of Arts degree from Peabody College
Favorite actress : Bette Davis in Dark Victory
:: In 1955 she won the title "Miss Pin-up Girl of the World."
:: In January 1955, she was the centerfold in Playboy’s January issue.
:: She was nicknamed the "Girl with the Perfect Figure."
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Anyone into the retro, rockabilly or 40’s/50’s look either wants to look like Bettie Page or has a significant other who wishes their better half could look like Bettie Page … I’m no different, I want Bettie Page Bangs…. Here are 2 ways that I found to go about it:
For the Betty Paige, have someone else cut your hair. When your hair is wet, gather the bangs in a semi circle going from two inches above your hair line and extending down toward the top of your temples. Gather the rest of your hair back, and comb your bangs forward. Cut your hair over the line of your
eyebrows, curving the cut up to the center of the temples. Take a curling brush and blow dry hair so that it curls under in the front. Spray it medium-light
into position so it is smooth and shiny. Take a large crimper and crimp all hair down, spraying lightly as you crimp down. Take a curling iron and curl under the ends, spraying medium-light to hold them in place.
or you can try the 2nd way: You don’t need to do as much as you think. Getting them cut correctly is a start. Do that 1st. Use a straightener instead of a curling iron. Just turn your wrist on the end.
NOTE: Try this at your own risk….. I haven’t …. I said “I want Bettie Page Bangs,” but I am smart enough to know that I just don’t think I can pull it off…… only Bettie can : )
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
I found this on "Got Tiki?" which is geared toward classic and modern Polynesian pop. Check their site out. I believe this is a wallpaper graphic that was made ... I find it amazing how talented people are and how artistic they can be .....