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 a pin-up 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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