Tana Louise - the very First BDSM Pin-Up Model with Such a Dominatrix Look

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The '50s were an age when all women were supposed to dress boringly the same. Not so for this raven-haired lovely named Tana Louise. She was not afraid to put on the dress and toys that came along with bondage sex. She loved to wear silk gloves past the elbow, a dark corset that thrust her boobs up towards her chin, and long, leather boots laced right up to her knees. She may have been the very first BDSM star the United States ever turned out.

Beautiful brunette Tana Louise standing next to the painting in seductive leather lingerie
Beautiful brunette Tana Louise standing next to the painting in seductive leather lingerie

Tana Louise's early life is a mystery. She may have been born in Cincinnati, Ohio (USA) in the year 1931 (maybe). She may have had Native American ancestry, which would explain her dark hair and facial features. We do know that Tana was her real name because she was sued in 1957 by actress Tina Louise.

To the unknowing, Tina Louise played the character "Ginger" on the famous American show "Gilligan's Island". Tana Louise claimed that that was indeed her real name. The fact that she kept performing under it afterward indicates this must have been the truth.

We do know this BDSM trendsetter began dancing on burlesque stages starting in 1950 in Ohio. Tana, then quickly popped up in Miami, Florida (USA) parading her figure in men's clubs. Her nickname was the "Cincinnati Sinner".

Tana Louise provocatively looking in her black tight outfit
Tana Louise provocatively looking in her black tight outfit
Tana Louise in black lingerie with titties peeking out
Tana Louise in black lingerie with titties peeking out
Tana Louise poses in her delicate black stockings and lingerie
Tana Louise poses in her delicate black stockings and lingerie
Lovely brunette Tana Louise seduces her new girlfriend
Lovely brunette Tana Louise seduces her new girlfriend

Tana Louise wears the clothing that "good girls" won't, and sets herself up as an S&M queen

However, her real mark on adult entertainment came only after Tana started appearing in a magazine called "Exotique" that was published by Burmel Publishing Company in New York City (USA) between 1955 and 1959. This magazine was not your garden variety nudie spread. It featured women dressed in corsets and high heels of 5 inches or greater in length. Without saying it, "Exotique" was one of the first BDSM magazines that portrayed dominatrices, what was no small feat in early '50s America. "Exotique" was a direct descendant of "Bizarre" - the first major fetish magazine published in 1946-1959 and produced by John Willie.

While nude magazines were tolerated, fetish publications were deemed obscene. And obscenity brought prosecution from the authorities. However, these risks did not deter Tana Louise. She not only carried on being one of the magazine's main feature models, but she expanded into writing articles for the publication under the column "From Me to You".

Her involvement got deeper still when, in the early '50s, she married "Exotique" creator and publisher Leonard Burtman. All the while, this vintage pornstar's S&M pictures were widely circulated across the country in underground circles.

The images of this dark and sultry princess from this period ooze with hints and implications of S&M and domination. Tana frequently wore dark leather thigh-high boots with crazy long heels that looked like they had a zillion bootlace holes and laces securing them to her legs. The clothing covering her torso varied greatly, but still played to the dominatrix theme.

Dominatrix with "evil" appearance and perky B-cup breasts with rock-hard nipples

It could be a shiny patent-leather dress with a crazy long slit running up one leg and a white mink stole over her shoulders. Or it could be a leather corset secured to her body by crisscrossed laces and a leather bra. Maybe it was a black silk cocktail dress running from her neck to her mid-thigh, and she's perched a cigarette in her hand, looking like the boss in control of what happened in the bedroom.

Whatever dress or boots Tana Louise was wearing, it helped greatly that she had a beautiful pair of legs that curved straight up to her ass and accented the fashions that much more.

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This dark-haired dominatrix instinctively knew how to look at the camera to give off the impression that she was in control and could put a hurting on you. Tana frequently styled her eyebrows so that the ends would wisp upwards, giving her a slightly menacing or "evil" appearance. This unique retro BDSM sex star rarely smiled for the camera and looked as if she was all-business when dressed in her domination clothing. Her skin complexion was, at best, medium and often appeared slightly pale, which greatly contrasted with the dark clothing that she frequently wore in her photo shoots.

Of course, it helped that Tana Louise had a fabulous figure (her measurements were reported at 36-22-35 (91-56-89 cm)) and could pull off wearing skin tight fashions. When the dark clothing she wore came down low enough, her perky B-cup tits and rock-hard nipples would come popping out towards the camera. Every so often, she would bend over for the photographer and show off her curvy ass that revealed itself beneath the corset she was wearing.

Sexy blonde Tana Louise provocatively dressed uses a whip
Sexy blonde Tana Louise provocatively dressed uses a whip
Kinky Tana Louise in sexy outfit ready to use her whip
Kinky Tana Louise in sexy outfit ready to use her whip
Tana Louise poses in her gorgeous dress with fur around her neck
Tana Louise poses in her gorgeous dress with fur around her neck
Sweet Tana Louise looking beautiful in her long glittery dress
Sweet Tana Louise looking beautiful in her long glittery dress

This dark and dangerous woman keeps on dancing, but eventually fades from the public's eye

Tana's relationship with "Exotique" lasted almost throughout the entire '50s. However, this writing success did not deter her from continuing to perform in burlesque shows up and down the East Coast. There are still records of her dancing on stages in Time Square in New York City right up to 1958.

However, as the '50s progressed, Tana Louise's marriage with Leonard Burtman began to wane, and thus her relationship with his publication faded as well. She eventually divorced him, which ended both her modeling and writing careers, too. The last information about this raven-haired vixen in the public eye is that she went into mail order business with former Rockette and burlesque dancer Mara Gaye selling exotic, bizarre costumes in the '60s. After this, Tana fades into history.

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