Sunday, December 31, 2006

Bettie Page ...


Bettie Page, whether dancing in her underwear, playing a maid who helps dress her female employer for an elegant night out, taking a bath with strategically placed bubbles, or becoming dominatrix or victim in bondage scenes, always seems happy and uninhibited. Her frowns or grimaces in bondage scenes are almost always replaced by a wink and a smile. While the co-stars of her pictures seem either bored or contrived, Bettie seems content and natural. Her smiling facade always hinting to her viewer that what we are seeing, whether torturous or demure, is simply a tease, a put-on, a joke. Bettie's knowing smile suggest that she's in on the joke. She knows that this is silly and harmless fun. In this way, more than any other pornographic model, Bettie not only brings us into the put-on, the fiction of the scenario, but also lets us know that out fantasies and our fetishes are really okay and healthy. It's all good clean fun with no place for shame or fear. (image found here)

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Did You Know.....


Did you know that both Hugh Hefner and Harlan Ellison refer to Bettie Page as the “Dark Marilyn”?

Friday, December 29, 2006

Bettie Page and her Sex Appeal


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

Tennessee's Famous Pin Up Model ... Bettie Page

Have you heard of the "Tennesse Encyclopedia of History and Culture?" It's a very charming, insightful and just plain "nice" site to visit. Lots of information ... and one thing that really stood out for me is that Tennessee has had quite a few legends come out of that state ... Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Buford Pusser (Walking Tall Fame), Bettie Page and others....

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).

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Bettie Page Today ....

Bettie Page is in her early 80's and spends much of her time reading the Bible and listening to Christian music. She also likes Country and Western music and Westerns (her favorite movie is "Dark Victory" with Bettie Davis. ) Her response to the resurgance of her popularity is: “It makes me feel wonderful that people still care for me . . . that I have so many fans among young people, who write to me and tell me I have been an inspiration.”

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

Bettie Page 1955 Playboy Pose

Bettie Page appeared in the January 1955 issue as Playmate of the Month, nude except for a Santa hat. She did not pose for Playboy per se -- the fledgling magazine bought an existing shot from photographer Bunny Yeager. Bettie's pictures made a number of subsequent appearances in PlaBettie Page in Santa Hatyboy, and Hugh Hefner has said that Bettie is one of his favorite Playmates of all time. "She had a saucy innocence that is both contemporary and provocative, and also nostalgic," he says. (Paragraph found here)

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

Girl With The Perfect Figure

Bettie PageFor those of you who don't know, some Fast Facts:


Full name : Bettie Mae Page

Birth date : April 22, 1923

Born : Nashville, Tennessee

Height : 5 feet 5 1/2 inches

Weight :128

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

I want Bettie Page Bangs!!!!!

Bettie Page BangsAnyone 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

Bettie Page Christmas Photo



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 .....

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Pickin' N' Grinnin' With Bettie Page

Guitar Player? You can't go wrong with this guitar! I was surfing the web and came across this! What a gorgeous instrument... (I have no affiliation with the company) I just think it is totally cool. So I'm putting it up on the blog.



This guitar is the first in a series of new guitars called Pamelina Originals.

This guitar is a Fender Stratocaster made specifically for Pamelina H. by Fender Musical. The guitar body, headstock and matching pick guard were custom painted red by Fender. The painting flows seamlessly onto the pick guard and pick-up covers. The artwork was done using Auto Air enamels and Liquitex acrylics.

This guitar was created to commemorate Fender's 60th Anniversary. It features Bettie Page against a 40's art deco background reflecting the era that Fender was born in. The fully assembled guitar was sold at auction, proceeds going to the Fender Museum and the Kids Rock Free program. The artwork was painted using Auto Air enamels and Liquitex acrylics.

If you're interested in purchasing this guitar, please call Pamelina's Studio at 818.951.9921.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Bettie Page Bucket Bag ... Purse ... NICE!


Bettie Page Bucket Bag. Features: attached drawstring bag with an inside zipper pocket. Measures 8" X 8". Devil Bettie is adorned in a red leather dress with matching gloves and boots. Bettie is up to no good with the riding whip between her lips. Available here.
I thought this was really neat... actually ordered one for myself.... : )


Friday, December 15, 2006

Did You Know That Bettie Page Made Most of Her Bathing Suits?


"I made all of my bikinis and most of my lingerie. My favorite was my first bikini. It was green with a little rickrack all around it."

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Bettie Trivia ... Did You Know.....


In Kurt Vonnegut’s book Slaughterhouse Five,the character of Montana Wildhack is said to have been modeled after Bettie. Montana is a pin-up queen that mysteriously vanishes at the height of her popularity

Monday, December 11, 2006

What Does Bettie Page Have in Common with Star Wars?


George Lucas' directives described the droid as the automated equivalent of Bettie Page, and the droid design quickly earned the nickname "Bettybot." Though the scenes of Bail's offices were ultimately cut from the film, the droid was nonetheless designed and modeled as a CG character. Renamed the BD-3000 droid, it can be seen briefly during the Senate landing platform scenes and the Galaxies Opera House scene. Read more about Bettybot here. and here.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Bettie Page "Life of a Pin Up Legend" ...


This is a fascinating exceprt from an article from "Bud Planet"...

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."


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. (Read the whole article)

Saturday, December 09, 2006

How Cool Is This???? Frank Converse Sailor Jerry Shoes!!!!! : )


For decades, Chuck Taylor® Shoes have been the canvas for wearable art, and the vivid tattoo designs of "Sailor Jerry" have been the epitome of adventurous skin ink. Now we've combined two American originals into one. These special-edition shoes feature authentic Sailor Jerry designs up and across them. *Sailor Jerry is a registered trademark of Sailor Jerry Ltd. Available here

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Bettie Page Voo Doo Coin Purse ....


Need a change .... A pun on words : ) Just in time for the holidays: The Bettie Page Voo Doo Coin Purse! Available Here