Betty Boop was one of the first popular cartoons to depict (and celebrate) the empowered, sexually liberated woman.
With her doe eyes, pouty lips, hourglass figure, skimpy dresses and lacy garters, Betty’s cultural relevance has not been lost on brands. On February 14 — just in time for Valentine’s Day — Zac Posen will release two dresses inspired by the sassy sex symbol. That same day, M.A.C. Cosmetics will pay homage to Max Fleischer’s feminist creation with an online-exclusive bright red lipstick named for the iconic character. (Red lipstick being one of the most powerful symbols of female beauty and sexuality in the Western world — apart from Betty.)