I love the natural black Betty Boop! She’s fly, sexy, and looks sophisticated. She is rocking that afro and is confident with her natural self. I wonder who decided to edit this picture and why they gave her a natural fro?
Some say the character, Bettina Boopington, was supposedly created after a bi-racial (white & black) exotic dancer/actress who was known as an object of affection. It is said that Bettina Boopington grew up as a poor southern mixed girl with hopes and dreams of fame and fortune. Believing that her good looks and fair skin could get her the stardom she craved, she created a sultry burlesque stage show and shortened her odd name to “Betty Boop”. She also chose to speak in a short cutesie dialect that hid her strong southern accent, hence her most famous saying “Boop-ooop-a-doop.” Betty Boop made it to Hollywood in the 1930’s and became famous due to her self created burlesque show that was naughty but nice. She never took off her clothes and always presented herself in a classy way. Ms. Boop’s shows brought in all walks of life from everywhere, she became so popular that she eventually landed a role in her very own movie. Bettina Boopington exhibited personified determination, self acceptance, and pride; She will forever be saluted in cartoon black history. Who knew??