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Classic Icons: Bettie Page

page-bettie2And of course,a vintage week can’t be without Bettie Page (April 22, 1923 – December 11, 2008) was an American model who became famous in the 1950s for her fetish modeling and pin-up photos. [tweetmeme source="erotixx" only_single=false] She has often been called the "Queen of pinups". Her look, including her jet black hair and trademark bangs, has influenced many artists.

She was also one of the earliest Playmates of the Month for Playboy magazine. "I think that she was a remarkable lady, an iconic figure in pop culture who influenced sexuality, taste in fashion, someone who had a tremendous impact on our society," Playboy founder Hugh Hefner told the Associated Press.

Her later life was marked by depression, violent mood swings and several years in a state mental institution. In the 1960s, she converted to Christianity and served as a Baptist missionary in Angola. After years of obscurity, she experienced a resurgence of popularity in the 1980s and has a significant cult following and no wonder why…

This one is dedicated to Taknoo, enjoy your mayday dude.

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Classic Icons: Anita Ekberg

[tweetmeme source="erotixx" only_single=false] 600full-anita-ekberg (34)OK, my 2nd swede in my classic sex symbols blogathon, I introduce Anita Ekberg. She entered the Miss Malmö competition at her mother’s urging, leading to the Miss Sweden contest, which she won. She consequently went to the United States to compete for the Miss Universe title, despite not speaking English.

Although she did not win Miss Universe, as one of six finalists she did earn a starlet’s contract with Universal Studios, as was the rule at the time. In America, Ekberg met Howard Hughes, who at the time was producing films and wanted her to change her nose, teeth and name (Hughes said "Ekberg" was too difficult to pronounce). She refused to change her name, saying that if she became famous, people would learn to pronounce it, and if she didn’t become famous, it would not matter. LOVE THAT….

Federico Fellini gave Ekberg her greatest role in La Dolce Vita (1960), in which she played the unattainable "dream woman", La Dolce Vita was a sensational success, and Anita Ekberg’s uninhibited cavorting in Rome’s Trevi Fountain remains one of the most celebrated images in film history.

Words fail to explain what I feel for this woman so put your bib on and check out for yourself.

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