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Adored by millions, 50s pinup model Bettie Page was a creature of conflict, an object of desire and ultimately a sacrifice to the deities of sensuality. In her heyday, her direct gaze, open nudity and cheeky smile depicted a simple joy in celebrating and sharing the beauty of her body. Yet, like many before and many since, she concealed a life of struggle and pain with her ‘girl next door’ charm. Schizophrenia, rape, domestic abuse and poverty were a cross that she concealed.

It only took 7 years to establish her status as a cultural icon, yet the following 36 were lived in poverty with 10 years in a mental institution. In 1957, she became an evangelical Christian and vanished into obscurity (no doubt taking time out to ponder the actions of her past in the eyes of her new Lord).

Meanwhile, designers plagiarised her improvised bikini designs while magazines and photographers continued to profit from her gorgeous images. She remained oblivious to her worth and it was only in 1993 that Hugh Hefner of Playboy magazine realised her plight and ensured she was represented by an agent. It was then, in true biblical fashion, a rather bemused Bettie found herself resurrected as a celebrity and surprisingly wealthy.

A mirrored crucifix reflects ourselves to remind us that we, the public had a significant part to play in Bettie Page’s remarkable story.

Sweet Bettie Jesus

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Adored by millions, 50s pinup model Bettie Page was a creature of conflict, an object of desire and ultimately a sacrifice to the deities of sensuality. In her heyday, her direct gaze, open nudity and cheeky smile depicted a simple joy in celebrating and sharing the beauty of her body. Yet, like many before and many since, she concealed a life of struggle and pain with her ‘girl next door’ charm. Schizophrenia, rape, domestic abuse and poverty were a cross that she concealed.

It only took 7 years to establish her status as a cultural icon, yet the following 36 were lived in poverty with 10 years in a mental institution. In 1957, she became an evangelical Christian and vanished into obscurity (no doubt taking time out to ponder the actions of her past in the eyes of her new Lord).

Meanwhile, designers plagiarised her improvised bikini designs while magazines and photographers continued to profit from her gorgeous images. She remained oblivious to her worth and it was only in 1993 that Hugh Hefner of Playboy magazine realised her plight and ensured she was represented by an agent. It was then, in true biblical fashion, a rather bemused Bettie found herself resurrected as a celebrity and surprisingly wealthy.

A mirrored crucifix reflects ourselves to remind us that we, the public had a significant part to play in Bettie Page’s remarkable story.

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