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Friday, December 12, 2008

Notorious

On Thursday, Bettie Page passed away at the age of 85.

Bettie was one of America's -- if not the world's -- most famous pin-up models of the 1950s; and one of the first (and only, at the time) mainstream models to play-up S&M sensibilities in an age when sexual expression was severly repressed and frowned upon.

Although she turned to religion later in life and often denounced her infamous images, her impact was unmistakable and she helped to usher in the sexual revolution of the 1960s.

If you need something to do on a cold winter night, please rent the biopic, The Notorious Bettie Page. Starring Gretchen Mol as Bettie, it explores the sexual walls Bettie broke down and reprimand she faced for doing so.

We will never forget you, Bettie.

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