Betty Paige Queen of the Pin ups
The original pin-up girl, the Gibson Girl, started as a pen-and-ink illustration by Charles Dana Gibson in the late 1800's. His sketch was the personification of the ideal female and was transformed from one illustration into illustrated stories. But by far the best known pin up is Betty Paige ,often referred to as Queen of the Pin Ups with her jet black hair and blue eyes, and also one of the earliest playmates of the month for Playyboy Magazine "Miss January 1955" Orginally from Nashville, Page moved to New York in 1949 to find work as an actress where she supported herself by working as a secretary.In 1950 while walking along the Coney Island shore she met Jerry Tibbs who suggested she'd make a good pin-up model, and in exchange for allowing him to photograph her, he'd help make up her first pin-up portfolio, free of charge. It was Tibbs who suggested to Bettie that she style her hair with bangs in front, to keep light from reflecting off her high forehead when being photographed Bangs soon became an integral part of her distinctive look. From 1952 through 1957, she posed for photographer Irving Klaw for mail-order photographs with pin-up and BDSM themes, making her the first famous bondage model.Klaw also produced a line of still photos taken during these sessions. Some have become iconic images, such as his highest-selling photo of Page—shown gagged and bound in a web of ropes, from the film Leopard Bikini Bound In 1959, Page converted to evangelical Christianity and worked for Billy Graham, studying at Bible colleges in Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon, with the intent of becoming a missionary. The latter part of Page's life was marked by depression, violent mood swings, and several years in a state psychiatric hospital suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. After years of obscurity, she experienced a resurgence of popularity in the 1980s. Betty passed away in December 2008 So here's to Betty, queen of the pin ups and still an inspiration to many.