The Infectious Bettie Page

Archive for January 2007

What can I say.  A little bizarre.  Funny.  Sweet?  Skating with Bettie Page… The Skate Malaysia 2006 competition. 

“I enjoyed my modeling and was always happy doing it,” Page says, “especially when I was playing in the water down in Florida along the beaches.”

Her most acclaimed photos, the ones she’s referring to that were shot near the water, were taken in 1955 by Bunny Yeager and include a nude Page frolicking along the beach and deep-sea fishing.

From 1950s pin-up queen Bettie Page’s interview in Playboy: “I don’t go to the movies nowadays. I think most of them are full of cuss words, filthy talk and sex.” She’s 83. (source)

There is something to be said about group hugs and dreaming about Bettie Page :  )

Did you know that over the past few years, Bettie Page’s website has received over 588 million hits. Currently the 80+ year old Bettie Page is living in Southern California. Page now makes more money off of her work than she ever has. A born-again Christian, Bettie shuns the public and recently told the Los Angeles Times she rarely leaves her house and refuses to be photographed. “I want to be remembered as I was when I was young and in my golden times,” Bettie told the newspaper. “I want to be remembered as a woman who changed people’s perspectives concerning nudity in its natural form.” (source)

Want to do something nice? Help support our troops by purchasing this Calendar. It’s for a great cause. To read more …
A California woman doing a fairly innovative project to support our troops.

My name is Gina Elise and I am a 24-year old UCLA grad–spent my first two years at UCSD. I have just completed producing the 2007 “Pin-Ups For Vets” calendar fundraiser which brings in funds for hospitalized Veterans’ programs and also provides a fun pin-up calendar to hosptialized Veterans. I am hand-delivering calendars from donors to the Veterans in the hospital—and I also am sending calendars ordered for deployed military in care packages to Iraq and Afghanistan. Each donor who purchases a calendar receives an acknowledgement from a VA Hospital staff member.

The calendar, inspired by the glamorous pin-ups of the 1940’s, has received wonderful feedback and has been covered in newspapers and on websites.

More information is available at; learn more about this fundraiser project for ill and injured Veterans on the behind the project 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)

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