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I felt kind of sad to read about the death of Bettie Page today. She was a good age (85) and I didn’t know much about her, apart from the fact that her iconic image is strongly influential in rockabilly culture and that she still inspires pin-up artists, retro models and burlesque performers. There’s no doubt that the Bettie Page ‘look’ is one that flatters the female form but, though she is much copied, I think the general agreement is that she was a true original.

I’ve been writing about her on another blog and I’ve posted a YouTube video of her Dancing Fool film. That’s what really made me sad — she seemed so full of life in that little piece of film and had such a mischievous look about her. I wonder where all that goes and why we’re not all running scared of the final vanishing act.

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