Bettie Page, Pin Up Girl & Model, Matted and Framed Postcard Photo Print, by the famous Bunny Yeager! From the 1996 Taschen Collection. This one features Bettie with a pair of live Cheetas. The frame is matte black plastic, with a glass pane front. Can be hung on the wall or can stand on a flat surface. Measures 6” x 8” overall framed.
Betty Mae Page (April 22, 1923 – December 11, 2008), known professionally as Bettie Page, was an American model who gained a significant profile in the 1950s for her pin-up photos. Often referred to as the “Queen of Pinups”, her shoulder-length jet-black hair, blue eyes, and trademark bangs have influenced artists for generations.
A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Page lived in California in her early adult years before moving to New York City to pursue work as an actress. There, she found work as a pin-up model, and posed for dozens of photographers throughout the 1950s. Page was “Miss January 1955”, one of the earliest Playmates of the Month for Playboy magazine. “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,” said Playboy founder Hugh Hefner to the Associated Press in 2008.
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.
Sadly, Bettie passed away in 2008
Bunny Yeager, a statuesque model who stepped behind the camera to become one of the country’s foremost pinup photographers, known best for her alluring images of model Bettie Page.
Before she became a photographer, Ms. Yeager was one of the first models to popularize the bikini, sewing the two-piece swimsuits herself to show off her voluptuous figure.
During the 1950s and ’60s, she was one of the most prolific and influential photographers of what could be called the golden age of cheesecake. In addition to Page, Ms. Yeager photographed eight Playboy Playmates (some of whom she discovered herself), striptease artists and hundreds of other models.
In 1962, while working in Jamaica on the set of the James Bond film “Dr. No,” she shot a series of striking photographs of actress Ursula Andress in the surf, clothed in a white bikini and a knife.
Ms. Yeager was among the first glamour photographers to portray her models outdoors, using natural light and saturated color to create vivid, dynamic images. She favored active poses and a direct gaze at the camera lens, in what could be interpreted alternately as playful innocence or pure lust.
Her subjects typically wore skimpy outfits, diaphanous scarves or nothing at all. Many of Ms. Yeager’s more revealing photographs ended up in the pages of men’s magazines, but she also published more than 25 books and, in recent years, was featured in museum exhibitions.
Sadly, Ms Yeager passed in 2014.