It may be difficult for younger generations to understand the cultural significance of pin-up models during the WW2 and Korean War era. Of course, today, we have millions of images splashed all over social media, but back then a single poster could say so much more. These pin-up girls as they came to be known became an important part of morale for troops during wartime. Not only did their posters find a home with soldiers stationed overseas, but the models would send letters to the frontlines decorated in their lipstick. Additionally, the pin-ups of the 1940s and 1950s were a precursor to the female empowerment and body positivity movement. Below are some of our favorites.
Yvonne De Carlo
Yvonne De Carlo started her career as a pin-up model. She is probably better known to most, however, from television. While she had a significant modeling career, Yvonne is better known as Lilly Munster from the Munsters.
Sophia Loren is a legend in many respects. She began her career modeling and was very successful. By the mid-1950s, she had become a highly sought-after actress. In fact, The American Film Institute lists her among the greatest female stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema.
Speaking of Hollywood stars, Marilyn Monroe is arguably the most famous pin-up girl. She became a movie star as well as a worldwide phenomenon. Although many years have passed, her image still graces art and popular culture. Marilyn is certainly one-of-a-kind.
The last model we will talk about deserves a special place on any list of pin-up girls. The late great Bettie Page had such a distinctive look that she was known as the “Queen of Pinups.” Her jet black hair, penetrating eyes, and unique style still heavily influence art and fashion today.
These beautiful and talented women are but a few to come out of this unique time in American history. They are, however, some of the most influential. Did we list your favorite? Let us know in the comments who else we should feature. For more nostalgia like this, be sure to check out our blog.