Thursday, July 10, 2014
Special Cinema Spotlight: Bettie Page Reveals All
Back in the early 1990's when I was a teenager I would take the 6 train and head to the Village (what we call Greenwich Village). There was a music shop called Tower Records, remember those? I remember going downstairs and looking at all the books and memborbilia they had and that is the first time that I laid my eyes on Bettie.
I was memorized and with good reason. Many of our beauty icons here in the states happen to be blonde, labeling them the "all American girl". As a young girl I was elated when I would find someone who was deemed beautiful or iconic that was a brunette, especially with black hair. Sounds silly I know, but you'd be surprised how few celebrities or icons a girl with fair skin and black hair could look up to in awe and think "hey, she has what I have".
Bettie did that for me. I was in awe as I am sure many were of her blend of innocence and fun when it came to nudity. She made being naked something that was clean and pure and good. There was nothing about her images, even the kinky ones that came close to be pornographic. There was just something special about Bettie that she was able to share with the world the beauty of being.
I heard of Bettie Page Reveals All a few years ago when they were trying to get all the funds together to get the film out to the public. I was so happily surprised when I found on streamline on Netflix. My husband (who is a fan of Bettie as well) and I immediately sat down and consumed the delightful and incredibly informative life of one Ms. Bettie Page.
This film is everything and I mean, everything I hoped it would be. Bettie Page herself can be heard with her own voice, although older but nonetheless still beautiful. She was candid and I found it immensely refreshing to hear someone speak like that about their life. She shared the good, the bad, and the very ugly all with honesty. She was proud of what she did in her past and had no shame in any of the mistakes she made in her life. Her life wasn't easy but thanks to the revival of her photos in the 80's and 90's she was able to live very comfortably in her later years.
If you love pinup or just admire the beauty of Bettie Page, you should really see this film. I am so grateful they made this because we get a chance to hear about such a unique and special icon in her own words.