Tura Satana - Miss Japan Beautiful: as scanned from Vol 1 No 1 (1959) issue of Sizzle magazine published by Spice Publishing
Tura was born Tura Luna Pascual Yamaguchi in Hokkaido, Japan 10 July 1938. Tura’s heritage was quite diverse; her father was of Japanese, and possibly Filipino, descent and her mother was American Indian and Scots-Irish. The family was residing in the United States during WWII, and due to her father’s Japanese heritage, they were forced to reside in an internment camp in Lone, Pine, California. After the end of the war, and release from the camp, the family would settle in Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 13 she ran away from home with intentions of becoming a blues singer. When that did not pan out, Tura began modeling and eventually burlesque dancing. Later she would pair up with Russ Meyer to make the cult classic film, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!