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August 09

Betty Boop

Not only was Betty Boop the model for the curvaceous Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Ms. Boop even makes a cameo appearance in the 1988 animated film.

1930: The First Boop-Boop-Bee-Doop
Betty Boop makes her cartoon debut
Cartoonist Grim Natwick had no idea the little brunette who emerged from under his pen would captivate millions with her squeaky Brooklyn-accented voice and “va va voom” persona.

Betty Boop debuted in the cartoon Dizzy Dishes. She was originally drawn as half French poodle, half human (her famous hoop earrings, for example, were poodle ears in the beginning). But within a couple of years, the poodle parts were ditched, and Betty became the first animated sex symbol.

Modeled on a jazz-era flapper, she sported a large head on a small body, lending her a childlike quality. However, her developed figure and flirty gestures were decidedly those of a grown-up woman.
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