This week we’re inspired by… Betty Boop’s 80th birthday.

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She has long eyelashes, feminine shapes and garters. She was created in a time when little cartoon characters didn’t yet suffer from “political correctness”. We’re talking about no one less than Betty Boop.

Betty Boop is now 80 years old. She’s the famous cartoon character created by Max Fleischer and one of the first sex icons on the screen. Exactly 80 years ago, on August 9, 1930, she appeared for the first time in the film “Dizzy Dishes”. Her looks then weren’t quite the same yet compared to how we know her now.

In order to increase her popularity and as a feminist issue against prudery, the creators gave her a more overt sexual appeal. She has long eyelashes, a pouting mouth, a short skirt and her breasts were suggested with a low, contoured bodice that showed cleavage.

Mae Questel provided the voice of Betty Boop from 1931 until her death in 1998. Questel enthusiasts will also know her as the voice behind Olive Oyl, Popeye’s girlfriend.

The films with Betty Boop became less popular as the Hays Code was introduced. This code prohibited nudity and suggestive movements. In 1939, the last film made with Miss Boop was shown in the theatres. Betty was a hit with filmgoers, and despite having been toned down in the mid-1930s, she remains popular up until today.

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