Bettie Mae Page (April 22, 1923 – December 11, 2008) was an American model who gained a significant profile in the 1950s for her pin-up photos.
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 began to find 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.
In 1950, while walking alone, along the Coney Island shore, Bettie met Officer Jerry Tibbs, with New York City police department. Jerry was an avid photographer, and he gave Bettie his card. He suggested she’d make a good pin-up model, and in exchange for allowing him to photograph her, he’d help make up her first pin-up portfolio, free of charge.
In late-1940s America, “camera clubs” were formed to circumvent laws restricting the production of nude photos. The existence of these camera clubs was to ostensibly promote artistic photography; but in reality, many were merely fronts for the making of pornography. Page entered the field of “glamour photography” as a popular camera club model, working initially with photographer Cass Carr. Her lack of inhibition in posing made her a hit, and her name and image became quickly known in the erotic photography industry. In 1951, Bettie’s image appeared in men’s magazines such as Wink, Titter, Eyefull and Beauty Parade
From 1952 through 1957, she posed for photographer Irving Klaw for mail-order photographs with pin-up and BDSM themes, making her the first famous bondage model. Klaw also used Page in dozens of short, black-and-white 8mm and 16mm “specialty” films, which catered to specific requests from his clientele. These silent ‘one-reel’ featurettes showed women clad in lingerie and high heels, acting out fetishistic scenarios of abduction, domination, and slave-training; bondage, spanking, and elaborate leather costumes and restraints were included periodically. Page alternated between playing a stern dominatrix, and a helpless victim bound hand and foot.
Klaw also produced a line of still photos taken during these sessions. Some have become iconic images, such as his highest-selling photo of Page—shown gagged and bound in a web of ropes, from the film Leopard Bikini Bound. Although these “underground” features had the same crude style and clandestine distribution as the pornographic “stag” films of the time, Klaw’s all-female films (and still photos) never featured any nudity or explicit sexual content. Read more at Wikipedia
Enjoy a small collection movies with Bettie Page as model, either being the one getting tied up and spanked or taking the lead and dominating other woman.
Spanked Slave Girl
Here “Jungle Bettie”, in her sexy leopard bikini, is a slave in chains forced to serve a cruel dominatrix. Bettie is a brat so her mistress puts her over her knee and really lets her have it. A more vigorous spanking than usual for a Klaw film.
Pin Up Beauties Fight (1950)
Bettie and popular model June King in energetic cat-fight wresting scene with a good deal of spanking added. Interesting, almost arty, opening shot of just their feet (Klaw had a lot of foot fetish customers).