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The Queen of Pinups

'Cat and Mouse' by Olivia Berardinis

‘Cat and Mouse’ by Olivia Berardinis

Bettie Page of one the the most iconic models of all time, a name that is synonymous with pin-up modeling.  Born on April 22, 1923, she began her modeling career in 1950 after meeting Jerry Tibbs, a police officer and aspire photographer, in Coney Island, New York.  Her name quickly spread throughout the pin-up art community and became a very popular choice of model for photographers.  Further widening her popularity was her inhibition when it came to posing, making her a certified hit within the pi-up community.  Although she frequently posed nude, she never appeared in scenes with explicit sexual content.

Page was one of the earliest ‘Playmates of the Month’, winning the title of ‘Miss January 1955’ for the iconic men’s publication Playboy.  Founder of Playboy said of Page, “I think that she was a remarkable lady, an iconic figure in pop culture who influenced sexuality, taste in fashion, someone who had a tremendous impact on our society.”  Her taste and influence in fashion was a direct result of her own creativity.  Page designed and produced the most of her costumed and she also did her own hair and make-up, taking from her experience in learning to sew and do make-up as a young girl with her sisters.

Her modeling career is revered today as much as when she was active in modeling.  Her title of  ‘The Queen of Pinup’, as well as other titles such as ‘The Queen of Curves’ and ‘The Dark Angel’, are as respected now as they were in the 1950’s.  And while most pin-up models of the time were only in demand for a few months, Bettie Page was in high demand for years!  This feat is extremely rare, leaving, in most fans eyes, only Bunny Yeager in the same esteem as Page.

On New Year’s Eve 1958, during one of her regular visits to Key West, FL, Page attended a service at what is now the Key West Temple Baptist Church.  This lead to her journey with Christianity which lead to her conversion to evangelical Christianity; she even worked with famed Evangelist Billy Graham.

After many marriages and subsequent divorces, Page ended up in living in Southern California.  While in California, she unfortunately had multiple violent altercations with her landlords, one time stabbing an elderly couple.  This lead to the discover of Page’s mental issues, including depression, schizophrenia and violent mood springs.  As a result of her mental ills, Page spent considerable time in Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino, CA.

The featured painting above is the famous Cat and Mouse by Olivia Berardinis decoupage reproduction.  Come on down to one of Sterling & Company Jewelry’s three Inland Empire locations to see this, and many other classic artworks up close and in person!

 

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