karohemd: (Photo)
R.I.P Bettie Page

Thanks to various friends for pointing this out. She certainly was one of the most iconic models of her time, the alternative to Marilyn Monroe, if you will.
Her work certainly influenced parts of my style of photography. Here's a tribute shot with [livejournal.com profile] puddingcat:

Bettie Page lookalike
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Cinema)

is very good, too.
Gretchen Mol is quite impressive and portrayed the transition from the shy country girl to the successful Pinup model who knows what she's doing very well indeed.
I liked the style of the film, too and the way they used different colour grading (grainy, shaky black and white; stark, high contrast b&w and faded Super 8 style colour) for the different aspects of the film. Some of her famous shoots were lovingly recreated, too.

Something [livejournal.com profile] surje mentioned afterwards made me think. The audience laughed at the ridiculous accusations of pornography, "perverting of adolescents" and other such nonsense during the hearing scenes but is it much different now? Yes, nowadays you see a lot more on the top shelf of every newsagent's but the issues are still there.
Then I realised the perfect example: The film was rated 18 and I have no idea why. No, hang on, I got it: there were about three scenes with bare breasts and one short full frontal nudity shot. All of these were absolutely harmless and even the BDSM scenes were just plain funny and ridiculous.
So, massacring thousands of people, skewering them, beheading them, blowing them to bits, all right in front of the camera gets a 12A (best example: the LotR films) but as soon as there's a nipple or a pube, it's an 18. Various people need their morals adjusted, I think.

On a lighter note, I leave you with two photos of another Bettie Page lookalike, [livejournal.com profile] puddingcat:

jennypinup_9052_web  jenny_6163_prev
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Cinema)
The Notorious Bettie Page
Official site


Note: Links might not be SFW if non-nude pinup imagery is frowned upon.

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