Bettie Page, the raven-haired pin-up girl whose naughty-but-nice romps
with whips, garters and high heels titillated young men and schoolboys in the 1950s, has died, aged 85. She had been in a coma after a heart attack this month.
Her career, which some have said laid the foundations for the sexual revolution in America in the 1960s, started almost by accident when she was aged 27 and she discovered that posing for amateur photographers
in provocative poses and risque attire made her more money than working as a secretary.
Page's fame was set after she was adopted by Irving Klaw and his sister, Paula, who had a Manhattan mail order business offering risque pictures. Years later, she became one of the first Playboy centrefolds, including a spread in 1955 with her winking under a Santa hat.
On hearing of her death, the magazine's founder and a friend of Page in recent years, Hugh Hefner, said: "Bettie Page was one of Playboy magazine's early Playmates, and she became an iconic figure, influencing notions of beauty and fashion. Her passing is very sad."
They were sexy and pretty innocent, compared with later models
I'm Bettie Page ignorant, though I've heard of her re ads. I see she is appreciated, but was surprised by some mention of her as feminist icon. I may have something to learn, maybe she was