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Bunny Yeager on Bettie Page

Bunny Yeager on Bettie Page: “Bettie was like a comic strip come to life, unreal, but real,” she said. “She seemed so perfect: flawless tanned skin and a beautiful, well-structured face. One of the things I noticed about her the first time she stepped into my studio was that when she took off all her clothes, she never seemed naked. Her tan was all over — it seemed almost like it was airbrushed on her. Her skin was perfect — no blemishes. Perfect nose, perfect straight teeth, and gleaming, shiny black hair that was always in place, always.”

The tan? Bettie often said how much she enjoyed “air baths.” Perfect skin? She thought her pores were too large.

No one seemed to care.