Like many young girls in the 1950s, Bettie Page moved to New York looking to become an actress.
Through this system, photographers could shoot women like Page in the buff, without running up against the laws that technically prevented such pictures from being published.
Famous photographers like Weegee and Gordon Parks frequented the events.
There, she began to find work as a pin-up model, and posed for dozens of photographers throughout the 1950s.
Her striking looks and unique style, not to mention her apparent willingness to pose for anything, made her a star for the kinksters of the Fifties.
The latter part of Page's life was marked by depression, violent mood swings, and several years in a state psychiatric hospital suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.