"Is that a gun in your pocket or are you happy to see me?" - Mae West. This is one of many quotes by the All-American sex pot! A Brooklyn-bred actress, screen writer and Vaudeville performer, West extended boundaries, pushed sex appeal and fought for gay rights. She offended many and often felt the repercussions of opposition. She was once sentenced to 10 days in jail for moral persecution on Roosevelt Island and upon completion of her sentence, West took the warden and his wife out to dinner, later bragging that she wore silk underwear while awaiting her release.
We need more Mae Wests' in the world, people that fight for what they believe in and never give in to the ways of society and what society deems as right. Her legacy lives on and has inspired many, including artists, such as Salvador Dali, whom recreated a magnificent painting of Mae West, which is featured below. In 1980, West passed, but the legacy lives on. I am totally inspired by women like this and I hope you are too:-)