Bettie Page and the Famous Cheetah Pinups

Learn the Story Behind the Famous Photos

Cheetah laying in grass and looking at camera.
Cheetah laying in grass and looking at camera.
Cheetahs always look like supermodels. (Unsplash)
Book cover of Bettie Page: Queen of Curves that shows her posing in her leopard print swimsuit while standing over a cheetah
Book cover of Bettie Page: Queen of Curves that shows her posing in her leopard print swimsuit while standing over a cheetah
Bettie Page: Queen of Curves is a coffee table book that has most of the Africa: USA photos. (Amazon)

Intruder Threatens Bettie the Night Before the Photo Shoot

“I’ll give you two seconds to get away from this window or I’ll blow your brains out!” Shouted Bettie.

“I look like I’ve been on a big drunk,” Bettie warned. “I have big bags under my eyes.”

Cheetah Models Felt Sick Too

“The cheetahs didn’t look well either. I felt a little uneasy; I thought they might take it out on me. But I think the worst thing that happened was that they licked me,” recalled Bettie.

Cats in Mythology

People who wear leopard print aren’t afraid to make themselves visible. They wear it to appear seductive, purposeful, luxurious, dangerous, and playful.”

–Jo Weldon, author of Fierce: The History of Leopard Print

The table below will help you correctly identify your big cat prints.

Table explaining the geographical ranges and spotted fur pattern of jaguars, leopards and cheetahs.
Table explaining the geographical ranges and spotted fur pattern of jaguars, leopards and cheetahs.
Use this table to learn how to name your spot pattern. Is it jaguar, cheetah or leopard? (KimberlyUs.com)

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Kimberly is a writer, teacher, speaker. She writes about mythology, nature, and bold women who drove social change in midcentury America https://kimberlyus.com/

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