I have no special knowledge about the life of Bettie Page — all I know is what I've read on various web sites. However, she has become something of an ongoing fantasy in my life since I first spotted this photo online back in the mid-1990s.
There is just something about the smile in this picture — like she could have been the proverbial "girl next door." Yes, the fact that a good deal of her bosom is exposed also attracted me to the picture. I confess to being an ordinary guy to whom
women's chests have always been a source of endless fascination.
But this is part of what I found so wonderfully exciting about the photo. In the 1950s none of the sweet, innocent "girls next door" I knew would have worn such a revealing swim suit. Nor would they have posed for any kind of photo that exposed so much of their mammaries. In those days this much cleavage was normally seen only in photos of women of questionable reputation.
One final thing that intrigued me about this picture was that there was no mention of the young woman's name. So I saved the picture in hopes that I would someday find out who she was. It was a couple of years later that I began seeing Bettie's name pop up on the Internet, along with some assorted paintings, drawings, and photos. Bettie had become my fantasy dream girl.