Bernie Dexter

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Bernie Dexter
Bernie Dexter portrait.jpg
PinUp Model and Fashion Designer
Born Bernadette Belle Souza
(1970-01-13) January 13, 1970 (age 47)
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Residence Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Spouse(s) Levi Dexter
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)
Hair color Black
Eye color Black

Bernie Dexter (born January 13, 1970) is an American model and fashion designer. She is also an accomplished pinup model, published in many magazines.

Early career[edit]

Bernadette Souza was born in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania to Joe, a retired sailor from the Philippines, and Sherry.[1] When she was 19, she won Miss Teen San Diego County and initially pursued a career in acting and modelling.[2] It was on a shoot in 2002 that Dexter, at the age of 32, was photographed herself by Danielle Bedics. She entered the photographs in the Viva Las Vegas pin-up contest, receiving such a positive response that she decided to make pin-up modelling her career focus.


Dexter was the subject of a painting by Olivia De Berardinis, an artist well known for her Bettie Page artwork and calendars. Olivia painted Bernie with strawberry-blonde hair, though Dexter typically sports Bettie Page's jet-black hair and trademark cropped bangs.[3]

In 2009, Bernie Dexter turned her love for vintage clothing into her own clothing line, the styles are 1940s and 1950s inspired.

Personal life[edit]

Dexter is married to Levi Dexter, former lead singer of 1970s rockabilly band Levi and the Rockats.[4] Her husband is her regular photographer.[5]


  1. ^ ""Better Than Cheesecake": Bernie Dexter Satisfies With Modern Pinups". Papierdoll. 2007-10-03. Retrieved 2013-10-24. 
  2. ^ Hall, Bridget "Bernie Dexter Retro Pinup Model Finds Her Niche With Classic Cheesecake" Retro Radar November 15, 2005
  3. ^ "Olivia paints Bernie Dexter & it is in Nov. Playboy Magazine". Archived from the original on February 3, 2012. Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ Davis, Ivy (November 12, 2015). "Bernie Dexter brings 40's style back". The Advocate. Retrieved April 23, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Vintage-style Clothing & Accessories". Pin-Up Parade. Retrieved 2013-10-24. 

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