Betty Page


Bettie Mae Page (born Betty Mae Page April 22, 1923 in Nashville, Tennessee) is a former American model who became famous in the 1950s for her fetish modeling and pin-up photos. While she faded into obscurity in the 1960s after her conversion to Christianity, she experienced a resurgence of popularity in the 1980s and now has a significant cult following. Early life: Page was born in Nashville, Tennessee, the second child of Walter Roy Page and Edna Mae Pirtle.[2] During Bettie's early years, the Page family traveled around the country in search of economic stability.[2] At a tender age, Bettie had to face the responsibilities of caring for her younger siblings. Her parents divorced when Betty was 10 years old. Following the divorce, Page and her sister lived in an orphanage for a year. During this time, Bettie's mother worked two jobs, one as a hairdresser during the day and washed laundry at night.[2] As a teenager, Bettie and her sisters tried different makeup styles and hairdos imitating their favorite movie stars. Bettie also learned to sew. These skills proved useful years later for her pin-up photography when Bettie did her own makeup and hair and made her own bikinis and costumes.[2] A strong student and debate team member at Hume-Fogg High School, Bettie was voted Most Likely to Succeed.[2] As the Salutatorian of her class,[2] on June 6, 1940, Bettie Page graduated from high school with a scholarship and enrolled at George Peabody College with the intention of beco...

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