With her razor sharp wit and Tennessee twang, Page narrates this documentary through a rare audio interview revealing her secret past. The movie tells Page’s story by her rather than for her, from her enduring popularity to her post-feminist role model status.
With numerous clips and stills from contemporary music videos, movies and fashion stills, the film shows how Bettie’s influence on fashion and pop culture is stronger than ever.
Bettie Page’s unabashed sexual expression and provocative fetish poses set the stage for the 1960s sexual revolution and ushered in a modern era in fashion and pop culture. Young women identify with her as an antidote to the idealized notion of beauty and sexual allure to which society urges them to conform. They use the image of Bettie Page as a model for forming their own self-image as smart, independent, sexy and confident women.
Bettie’s extraordinary and subversive on camera presence not only helped launch the sexual revolution, but even today causes young women and Paris fashion designers to revel in their perceptions of Bettie Page’s “free-to-be-me” sexual expression.
Unlike any other person, Bettie Page’s life embodies the American conflict between sexual freedom and sexual repression, between censorship and freedom of expression, between the unacceptable and the celebrated.