Bernie Dexter

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Bernie Dexter
Bernie Dexter portrait.jpg
PinUp Model and Fashion Designer
Born Bernadette Belle Souza
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
Spouse(s) Levi Dexter
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)
Weight 100 lb (45 kg; 7.1 st)
Hair color Black
Eye color Black
Measurements 32 in (81 cm) bust
24 in (61 cm) waist
35 in (89 cm) hips

Bernie Dexter is an American model and fashion designer. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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. She is a Bettie Page impersonator.


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]

Bernie Dexter.jpg

Dexter is married to Levi Dexter, former lead singer of 70s rockabilly band Levi and the Rockats. Her husband is her regular photographer.[4]


  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. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Vintage-style Clothing & Accessories". Pin-Up Parade. Retrieved 2013-10-24. 

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