Bettie Page, the 1950s secretary-turned-model whose controversial photographs in skimpy attire or none at all helped set the stage for the 1960s sexual revolution, died Thursday. She was 85.
Page, with her trademark dark hair and bangs, attracted national attention with magazine photographs of her sensuous figure in bikinis and see-through lingerie that were quickly tacked up on walls in military barracks, garages and elsewhere. Her photos included one of the earliest centerfolds in Playboy magazine, as well as controversial sadomasochistic poses that later led to a Congressional investigation.
Nudity didn’t bother her, she said, explaining: “God approves of nudity. Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, they were naked as jaybirds.”
They certainly don’t make ’em like they used to.
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