Bettie Page (April 22, 1923 – December 11, 2008), is possibly the most famous pinup model ever to have graced a camera lens. She’s bit too porno for my tastes, but then again, I lean towards Gypsy Rose Lee when I get on the burlesque genre. Betty Page, though, was famous and there can be no denying that. She said of herself once that she had no idea why she was so famous after retiring.
Even though she converted to Christianity and ‘found God’ as a reason for quitting, she also said this: “I never thought it was shameful. I felt normal. It’s just that it was much better than pounding a typewriter eight hours a day, which gets monotonous.”
Of course she also refused to have her photograph taken after she got ‘old’, because she wanted people to remember her as she was. I can see that, since it might tarnish the icon to remember that beauty fades. Not that aging beauties aren’t still gorgeous, but in her case, she was known for being Betty Page in 1950. And there her image stops. She will always be the Betty Page from the ’50s to all of us.