Sarah Rose Sharp was living in New York City when she stumbled upon a seemingly innocuous crate of Betty Boop keychains in an alley behind a Koreatown tchotchke shop.
But the figurines, which were to be sold at the shop, weren’t the iconic cartoon character as most of us know her — the flirty, raven-haired minx wearing a red dress and gold hoop earrings. Instead the tiny effigies were outfitted in assless chaps, adorned with stomach tattoos, and posed provocatively. Some wore nothing more than a bra, panties, and thigh highs, while others had on miniscule shorts with the button suggestively undone.
“I asked myself, ‘Why do these exist?'” Sharp says. “If you look at these keychains, a great deal of thought and design went into them.”
Thank you to Alysa Offman for the lovely piece on the show. Lady Prez or no, we are stronger together!