50’s pinup model Bettie Page has passed away. Sad but not terribly surprising considering she was 85 years old.
Here’s the thing. While I agree that Bettie was an attractive woman, what is the fascination with her? I mean what is it about her that made her a bit of an icon? It certainly can’t be her looks alone. For instance, when you see photos of Marilyn Monroe, she is absolutely breathtaking. I get that. Bettie, on the other hand, looks like just another attractive woman.
Is that it? The fact that she is more approachable or attainable? Is it because she was the “dirty” girl that dressed in black and did faux bondage pictures? I honest to God don’t get it.
I have read that her life was interesting and she had some mental health issues but this seems to have happened after she became a celebrity. I love the story of how she made her stepchildren pray to a painting of Jesus while she held a knife on them. That is classic.
Anyway, I will accept that I am the one missing out here. If the masses loved Bettie, so be it. I just wish I knew why the hell they did.