“GOOD GIRLS GO TO HEAVEN, BAD GIRLS GO EVERYWHERE”― Mae West

Provocateur Images is one of the premier Toronto locations for your very own VIP Boudoir Photography experience. While there are many Boudoir Photographers in the city we pride ourselves in offering a unique and high end experience in our luxury downtown Toronto space. We’ve worked hard to get here but none of it would have been possible without the visionaries who allowed  the rest of us to pick up where they left off.

So we’ve decided to publish a series of historically significant moments in boudoir to honour those who came before us.

The human need to capture the human form has been present since time immemorial. However, it became more commonplace during the Realist and Impressionist movements of the 1800’s. The invention of the film camera in the late 1800’s by George Eastman however made the capturing of the form not just accessible, but it allowed people who weren’t necessarily artistically inclined in the form of painting talent, to pave the road for what we now know as Boudoir Photography. With the introduction of the Brownie, which was a very affordable “box camera” which introduced the concept of the “snapshot” it became common place, yet frowned upon by most of society to capture the nude or scantily clad female form

 

During the 1920’s Boudoir Photography found its place among a society where women were becoming more independent, eschewing constrictive clothing in favour of more sensual and lose pieces and embracing a certain freedom from societal expectations. And while it was illegal in most places to pose for and capture nude photos, a few high profile photographers still managed to capture images that changed the course of boudoir.

As boudoir photography evolved and the genre became more daring in its approach it introduced people whose names have become synonymous with Boudoir Photography. With that ladies and gentlemen, one of the Queens of Boudoir, the one and only Bettie Page!

Photographer: Bunny Yeager

Born on April 22, 1923, in Nashville, Tennessee, Bettie Page became the poster girl of Boudoir when she posed for a series of Pinup calendars in the late 1940’s and then rose to notoriety and general disrepute when she posed for a series of Bondage style images in the 1950’s.

Page also pioneered what we now know as the “Bettie Bang” which is to this day used by women who style themselves in the pin up styles of the 1940’s and 50’s. Her iconic hairstyle was actually a suggestion by one of the amateur photographers she once worked with who suggested it to cover up what they said was her large forehead. When asked about the photographer suggesting she get bangs she replied “So I went home and cut me some, and I’ve been wearing them ever since,”

In 1955 her profile had grown enough for Playboy to request a shoot with her. Her star continued to rise until 1957 when she was brought to the attention of the Kefauver Hearings for her bondage images and was tried for obscenity.

This event event marked her departure from modeling and she eventually became a recluse turning a page in her life that would lead her down path as a devout Christian. Bettie Page died in California in 2008 after a years long battle with mental illness.

She will be remembered by all as the ultimate Pinup.

 

All hail the Queen…

 

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