For awhile there it seemed like the art of the next-level music video was dead, but for the last year or so the ladies of the music biz have been bringing the heat. Between Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Beyonce, music videos have started to become enjoyable again. Take, for example, the newly-released video for Beyonce’s “Why Don’t You Love Me?”
Beyonce, who is known for looking to the past for inspiration in her clothes and videos, takes on Bettie Page this time around and I don’t think I’ve ever seen her looking better. I’m a huge Beyonce fan, and while this isn’t close to “Single Ladies” or even “Ego” as a song, “Why Don’t You Love Me” still hits in all the right places. And I want everything she’s wearing. Was Tina Knowles barred from the set? How’s Beyonce looking so completely classy?
’50s pin-up gal Bettie Page died in Los Angeles today at the age of 85. Bettie was put on life support last week after suffering a heart attack in Los Angeles and never regained consciousness, said her agent, Mark Roesler. He said he and Page’s family agreed to remove life support. Before the heart attack, Page had been hospitalized for three weeks with pneumonia.
Bettie posed for thousands of sexual and/or nude photographs in the ’50s, when such modeling was most definitely not done in the mainstream. She is credited with setting the scene for the sexual revolution of the ’60s. “I was not trying to be shocking, or to be a pioneer,” she said later. “I wasnâ€™t trying to change society, or to be ahead of my time. I didnâ€™t think of myself as liberated, and I donâ€™t believe that I did anything important. I was just myself. I didnâ€™t know any other way to be, or any other way to live.”