Style Icon Bettie Page Dies at 85

    In 1950 27-year-old Bettie Mae Page was approached about modeling while she walked along the shore at Coney Island. When she agreed, she couldn't have known that the resulting photos would fundamentally change popular culture. On December 11, 2008 at the age of 85 the bondage model turned fashion icon died. To celebrate the notorious and remarkable Bettie Page Stylelist took a look back at the famous pin-up's career.

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    In 1955 (the same year this photo was taken) Page was featured as the January Playmate of the Month in Playboy Magazine and won "Miss Pin-up Girl of the World."

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    In the late 70s and early 80s several books featuring collections of Page's modeling shots were published. She quickly developed a cult following that focused as much on her style as her figure. Need proof? Her patent leather bondage inspired shoes would fit right it on any modern red carpet.

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    This racy shot shows off both Page's famously curvy figure and her signature hairstyle.

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    Sweet and simple, Page covers up but keeps her trademark bangs.

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    (FILES) Pin-up Betty Mae Page is seen in the 1954 film "Varietease." Page, the bombshell pin-up queen who both titillated and outraged Americans during her legendary career as a model and actress, died December 11, 2008, her agent said. She was 85. "With deep personal sadness I must announce that my dear friend and client Bettie Page passed away at 6:41pm PST this evening (0241 GMT Friday) in a Los Angeles hospital," her agent Mark Roesler said in a statement. AFP PHOTO/INTERNATIONAL NEWS PHOTO/FILES (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

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    This undated photo provided Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008 by CMG Worldwide shows Bettie Page. Page, the 1950s secretary-turned-model whose controverisal photographs in skimpy attire or none at all helped set the stage for the 1960s sexual revolution, died Thursday. She was 85. (AP Photo/CMG Worldwide) ** MANDATORY CREDIT NO SALES **

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    THE NOTORIOUS BETTIE PAGEThe story of the uber-successful 1950's pin-up model (played by Gretchen Mol) - one of the first sex icons in America and the target of a Senate investigation (based on her bondage photos). Directed by Mary Harron.

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    THE NOTORIOUS BETTIE PAGEThe story of the uber-successful 1950's pin-up model, one of the first sex icons in America, and the target of a Senate investigation (based on her bondage photos). Directed by Mary Harron.

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    19. Bettie Page -- The original fetish pin-up girl and still the gold-standard in boot-and-bondage porn. Pin-ups, Pinups