I think Novak is stunning. So it's no surprise she was voted Love Goddess of 1957 by the girlie magazine Escapade. Escapade was one of a slew of men's magazines that cropped up in the 1950s and 1960s that tried to fit the mold of Playboy. Men were always able to get a hold of naked women, but rarely were they shown next to thoughtful essays or gripping short fiction. And instead of a Playmate of the Year, Escapade picked a Love Goddess to worship.
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Most of the pictures are sort of small, considering Novak is supposed to be a big deal in this issue. There's not much text, either. Nor is it clear, in this tiny write-up, how Novak went from "reigning cinema queen" to goddess.
I mean, other than her obvious beauty (my dad said he had a crush on her as a kid). That, she's got plenty of. Interesting that she's supposed to be "the new ideal of American men" when her look is pretty American. Still, it's easy to see why she'd be an important figure to "love cultists" (eye roll)