It was 87 years ago today in 1923 when infamous 1950s pin-up model Bettie Page was born. The college grad later ditched her conventional plan to become a teacher, and instead became a bikini, nude and fetish model. Despite her racy photographs, she remains an icon of sex, female empowerment and the blending of “bad girl” and “good girl” ideals.
For the late Bettie Page, here is a gallery of some of the the 21st Century Hollywood bad girls we hate to love in 3…2…1….
Now, two years after her death, and a decade into the new century, her spirit lives on, embodied in female artists who dare to push the boundaries of what’s acceptable behavior for women, even if it means getting a bad rep in the process.
Sasha Grey – The ’90s are over and with it the career of porn star Jenna Jameson, replaced with a, then 18-years-old, Sasha Grey, a street-wise nympho with a plan to dominate the adult industry. Four years later, Grey was the lead in a Soderbergh film and reminded America what normal girls physically look like wearing barely nothing in ads for American Apparel.
Lady GaGa – At 24, she’s taken the pop world by storm with outrageous pant-less outfits, rumors about her sexual anatomy and a Grammy win for a song with blatant lyrical innuendos, such as: “Russian Roulette is not the same without a gun, and baby when it’s love if its not rough it isn’t fun.”
Kim Cattrall – Sex and the City‘s Samantha was a character all her own, and rumor has it Cattrall was a nightmare on set, but that didn’t stop the cougar from talking publicly about her sex life, nor publishing a book with a play-by-play on how to pleasure a woman.
Pink – The hair color has changed, and she’s buffed down some of her roughness, since her rise to fame in 2000, but a decade later Pink still tops the pop charts, even if the cool kids don’t want to admit they raised their windows to sing along in privacy.
Megan Fox – Really, the girl hasn’t done anything wild enough to be considered “bad,” there’s something about her swagger that probably still makes mothers warn their daughters about being friend with “that girl.”