So you know how it is in Hollywood, right? Out of sight, out of mind. You gotta keep boopin’ and get your name and face out there, even if you’re the biggest of stars. Ahem, like me.
So I was out in L.A. last week for the big announcement about Simon Cowell and Animal Logic producing my new movie. Well, since I always try to maximize my trip, I asked my agency to put together a special event for me while I was out there. Boy, did they put on a real shindig! They invited the press and nearly 200 media folks showed up! Just look how cool this was!
Max and me in Miami, Florida
Circa 1940. Collection: V. Mahoney
MAX and Me
by Ginny Mahoney
Granddaughter of Betty Boop’s creator, Max Fleischer
Betty came to life in 1930 when women, having won the right to vote just a decade earlier, were finally liberating themselves from tight, uncomfortable undergarments like girdles with attached metal clasps that held their stockings up. For the modern, more liberated woman of the 1930s, “garter belts” and “roll garters” offered a newfound sense of freedom and liberation. Not only did they secure a lady’s stockings without the use of awkward, pinching metal clips, they freed women entirely from the restriction and discomfort of girdles! Betty’s garter wasn’t just a fashion statement; it was one of the symbols of her status as a modern, liberated woman. For more conservative elders, the image of young women dancing with flashes of a garter belt showing represented everything scandalous and provocative about the fashions of day, making the placement of the garter belt as much a statement about a woman’s status as the wearing of it.
The Story of Betty’s Famous Garter… Continue reading
Last month, we told you about Victoria Mott and Sira Sous, two talented students in Melbourne, Australia’s Whitehouse Institute of Design who have won the Betty Boop™ design competition. They will see their winning concepts potentially stocked in leading lingerie fashion retailer Bras n Things Things at the end of March in 2015.
The two other finalists, Erin Haigh and Abbey Beaumont, have been in the running for the People’s Choice Award, which bestows on the winner a one-week internship with Bras n Things in Sydney and a cash prize. So… the big news is, the people have spoken and we have another winner! Continue reading