While most people will never know what a kind sweet hearted woman Bettie was I was lucky to have met her when she came to a photo shot I was working on. She refused all the people who wanted pictures with her and she spent her time hiding in my trailer(wardrobe) but she still joked with everyone about her past. She even signed my copy of her biography.
She was my inspiration for dying my hair black and cutting my bangs when I worked as a domme in Hollywood. I still wear the bangs but have since let my hair go to my natural- chocolate brown and gray. I designed a few outfits based on her photos and her personal designs(she sewed her own clothes!) for different shows and industry parties.
Regardless of her talent or people's opinions of her, Bettie opened a lot of doors for a lot of people into worlds that were taboo which are now the norm. She was a pioneer for different lifestyles and even a bit of a libertine in her own way(she refused to live the way society dictated women should live at the time).
I recommend that you read her biography if you have the chance. Yes, there is a movie but the book has a lot more insight the movie leaves out!
Betty (Bettie) Mae Page
April 22, 1923 - December 11, 2008