In 1950, while walking alone along the Coney Island shore, Bettie met NYPD Officer Jerry Tibbs, who was an avid photographer. He suggested she'd make a good pin-up model. It was Officer Tibbs who suggested to Bettie that she style her hair with bangs in front, to keep light from reflecting off her high forehead when being photographed.
In light of International Women's Day, I wanted to write a mini blog post about the women who inspire me, except I had no idea how much I loved those women and it turned into a huge blog post, Bettie Page, Lucille Ball, just to name a few have had such a huge impact on my life. Bettie Page, 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 1950's.
At a young age, Bettie had to face the responsibilities of caring for her younger siblings. Her parents divorced when she was 10 years old. Bettie and her two sisters lived in a Protestant orphanage for a year. During this time, Bettie's mother worked two jobs, one as a hairdresser during the day and washing laundry at night.
As a person who aspires to be successful in everything I do, Bettie Page's early life is very important to me. Bettie was a great student and a member of the debate team at Hume-Fogg High School, she was voted "Most Likely to Succeed". On June 6, 1940, she graduated as the salutatorian of her high school class with a scholarship. She enrolled at George Peabody College, with the intention of becoming a teacher. However, the next fall she began studying acting, hoping to become a movie star. At the same time, she got her first job, typing for author Alfred Leland Crabb. Page graduated from Peabody with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1944.
I'm so honored that I get to help with such an amazing fundraiser for the Salt Lake Inclusion Center. This beautiful day is a celebration to the wonderful work being done in our community to help end prejudice, discrimination, and bigotry. It is a 1950's themed Humanitarian Awards Social. You can mix and mingle while enjoying heavy appetizers from Urban Pioneer Foods and bid on the many unique items at the silent auction.
I'm really excited to be writing this blog today, not only because yesterday was the first car show of the season but because I was crowned 1st Runner Up in the Miss Autorama pinup contest, hosted by Ashley Marie from Pin Me Up Utah, a One Stop Shop.
With little time to prepare I got busy online shopping. I had just purchased this beautiful fur cape from Aunt Elsies, along with some vintage jewelry. I found a gorgeous burgundy dress from Hellbunny, the last one in the right size. I also came across a beautiful veiled hat, and lovely leather gloves. I wanted to be as historically accurate as possible, because we were being judged on our attire which needed to be 1950's themed.
Ashley asked us one question, based on a form we had to fill out about ourselves. My question was, "What does Pinup mean to you?" This question strikes a nerve with me, and although I tried to hold it together, I couldnt help the tears. It means everything to me, it's my whole life. Everyday I get myself dolled up into the person I've always dreamed of. Not only that, but I've made so many wonderful friends in the last few years. The pinup community is huge but it is very underground which means we stick together. I'm following my dream, something not everyone gets the chance to do.
As Ashley put the sash over my shoulders I thought I was dreaming, and to make the day a bit sweeter? We were going to be handing out the awards for the car show. This was such a huge milestone for me, one step closer to holding my dream in my hands. I made so many wonderful new friendships. Just as I do at every contest. I couldn't' have done it without the support of all my friends, and most importantly my family.