Tana Louise - the very First BDSM Pin-Up Model with Such a Dominatrix Look
Tana Louise wiki, bio, career, body stats, nudes, magazine & film appearances, and naughty facts
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 big 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.
Tana Louise's early life is a mystery. She may have been born in Cincinnati, Ohio (USA) in the year (age 92). 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 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 in Ohio. Tana, then quickly got nicknamed the "Cincinnati Sinner."
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 between and . This magazine was not your garden variety nudie spread. It featured women dressed in corsets and high heels of heels of 5 inches (12.7 centimeters) 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 50's America. "Exotique" was a direct descendant of "Bizarre" - the first major fetish magazine published in - 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 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.
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 and 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. Her natural 36B US (80B EU/Int, see Table 3) tits looked amazing.
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 inches (91-56-89 centimeters, see Table 2) and could pull off wearing skin tight fashions. When the dark clothing she wore came down low enough, her perky B cup 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.
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 .
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 9-year 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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|Born||1931 (age 92)|
|In business||9 years|
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|Bust size||36 in||91 cm|
|Waist size||22 in||56 cm|
|Hip size||35 in||89 cm|
|Measurements||36-22-35 in||91-56-89 cm|
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