Pictured above: Bettie Page
VAV!/May 10, 2011
Bettie Page was worshiped, celebrated and criticized, but this pin-up heroine became an obsession who bewitched and enchanted worshiping followers...yesterday and today.
This enchantress was born, Betty Mae Page, April 11, 1923 in Jackson, Tennessee, southwest of Nashville. Bettie was one of six children growing up in a family so financially strapped, she was quoted as saying 'we were lucky to get an orange in our Christmas stockings.' It's said that Page's father had molested all of the girls in the family. What is known however, by all reports, is that Bettie's father was eventually sent to prison, and for a period in her life, she lived in an orphanage. By ten years of age, her parents had divorced bringing on a period of change.
In spite of all of this turmoil and tragedy, little did Bettie dream that one day she would become an unforgettable underground icon known as 'the girl with the perfect figure'.