Bettie Page knew "exactly the right poses to make her body look perfect," says famous pin-up photographer Bunny Yeager, whose new book, Bettie Page: Queen of Curves, features previously unreleased photos of Page. Indeed, you’ll notice that one of the many things that sets Page apart is her expert grasp of how to accentuate her "holy shit!" figure. She was often lifting, reaching, stretching, twisting, and rejoicing.
Maybe it's this obvious confidence and unabashed joy — all despite the many challenges Page faced in her impoverished, abusive childhood — that makes Bettie so appealing to women. In fact, women make up the majority of Page’s fan base, according to filmmaker Mark Mori, director of the documentary Bettie Page Reveals All. She inspires females of all sizes and shapes to embrace and express who they are, as they are. Click through for eight Page-inspired ways to feel great about yourself.