The Creative side of Bettie Page
Many of you know Bettie Page as one of the most infamous pinup models of the mid-century. She is one of the most adored icons of the golden age next to Marilyn Monroe and is an inspiration to women and girls all over the world who follow the rockabilly lifestyle. She was one of the first pinups I ever discovered and could relate to so she has a lot to do with who I am today. I adore Bettie because she was far more than just a sexual icon/model. Bettie was an artist. Whilst watching the documentary “Bettie Page Reveals All” by Mark Mori, I discovered that Bettie knew how to sew long before she got into acting and posed for pictures. Bettie designed and created many of the swimsuits and outfits she wore in her photos setting new trends for her time. Most models have to hire a crew to pose for pictures but Bettie was resourceful and practically a stylist, designer, and model (Which is something I can relate to). She was her own walking advertisement and people were enamored by her presence. Her swimsuits and costumes were so popular, companies were stealing her ideas and using her photos to advertise them. I find it so disheartening that companies would do such a thing with no shame at all, but I am not surprised as things like this happen even today. The best part of Bettie’s story is that she was capable of putting her problems aside to enjoy every photo shoot she did with a smile on her face. She was driven and determined to do what she loved and give it her all despite everything going wrong in her life. I guess the victory is that she became a legend and left such a wonderful impression on the world. I can’t say the same for the companies who stole her ideas lol. Alas, her legacy lives on. There are so many people keeping her legacy alive like the work of Olivia De Berardinis who has painted many beautiful images of Bettie, Mark Mori who gave us all an insight into Bettie’s life in her own words with his documentary “Bettie Page Reveals All“, and Bettie Page Clothing whose mission is to create beautiful mid-century clothing inspired by the icon herself.
Here are some images of Bettie in her hand-made swimsuits:
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