Bettie Page, the original "Queen of Pinups", inspiring fashion, artists, models and pop culture for generations.
Every pinup, vintage girl has to play Bettie at least once. While her personal life did not always reflect the girl behind the camera, on film she evokes a purely happy innocence, a playfulness sparkling with glimpses of sultry vamp. She demanded a confidence through the lens that every woman should don when wearing vintage lingerie.
Escaping from the darkness, I think when she modeled, her true self had the courage to fly free. I know that is true for me. When I dress up, I can be who I really want to be. Next time you lace up a corset or snap stockings onto your girdle, be the confidant Bettie. Have fun and enjoy the character for you. As Audrey Hepburn reaffirms, "Happy girls are the prettiest". It is Bettie's exuberance that still draws us to her today. Let your inner beauty glow so brightly that it lights up the stage, your room, your life.
Pics by me
If I had to choose a favrorite vintage garment or design, the bullet bra might just be that. It demands such power, and like Bettie, is iconicity sexy while holding onto a little mystery. This one is from The Slipperie, my go to for vintage lingerie.
I love the way film looks and playing around with different cameras and exposures. Here are a few Polaroid taken with a vintage SX-70. I cant wait for the 120mm pics to develop too, but we will have to wait for that roll to finish.