This post has an adult theme. If this offends you, please do not go further.
Back in the day, pin-up girl Bettie Page became famous for photos with a BDSM theme. There was no naughtier girl in the early to mid-1950s. It’s ironic that such a repressed age would produce such explicit fetish photographs and films and make a household name out of their star. She was just beautiful, though, her girl-next-door looks contrasting with her salacious scenarios.
You name the fetish, Bettie had a photo for it. Here are a few of the milder themes, reminiscent of her photos.
There was a day when the words “mainstream” and “Bettie Page” wouldn’t appear in the same sentence. And yet, wandering around a Tampa mall last weekend, a brand-new Bettie Page store caught my eye. Apparently there are quite a few of them in the U.S., featuring rockabilly and retro wear, all very respectable.
Here is an example of very respectable and mainstream retro wear at the Tampa store:
Bettie would probably approve; in the late 1950s she became an evangelical Christian and worked for Billy Graham. Later, she was admitted to psychiatric hospitals for depression and violent mood swings. I’m sure evangelical Christians believe her fetish work (sin) was responsible, but me? I think it was her conversion.
She died in 2008. RIP, Bettie.