A pin up girl is a female model who is photographed in an eye pleasing sensual pose and displayed on mass produced calendars, postcards, posters, magazines, or newspapers. Pinup girls and corsets seem to go hand in hand and are usually displayed in these sensual and sexy photographs.
It started towards the end of the 19th century, female actresses and female burlesque performers promoted themselves with steamy photographic advertisement and displayed these sexy photographs on the walls of live entertainment theaters, smoking rooms, and elegant mens social bars. These up and rising females who were labeled as a pin-up girls were considered to be sex symbols and were fantasized by men of all ages.
The most popular pin-up girl of all time was Betty Grable who was most appreciated during World War II by the men in the United States military. Many of the pin up girls would dress up in camouflage military style outfits and combat boots. You could still see some of the pin up girls wearing sexy corsets and slinky heels to pose for their loving fans. There was a high demand for so many magazine photographs that between 1942-1946 over nine million copies of magazines were sent to the American troops free of charge.
There were at least twenty popular pin up girls from the 1920’s which include Josephine Baker, Vilma Banky, Camille Clifford, Bebe Daniels, Louise Brooks, Clara Bow, Billie Dove, Colleen Moore, Nita Naldi, Pola Negri, Alice White, Lilyan Tashman, and Gloria Swanson.
There were at least twenty memorable pin up girls from the 1930’s. Let’s not forget about some of these names, Joan Blondell, Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy, Ginger Rogers, Peggy Shannon, Thelma Todd, Toby Wing, Gypsy Rose Lee, Carol Lombard, and May West.
There were more than thirty popular pin up girls from the 1940’s are Bette Davis, Lauren Bacall, Judy Garland, Ava Gardner, Jane Greer, Susan Hayward, Rita Hayworth, Lena Horne, Candy Jones, Ann Miller, Jane Russell, Marie Wilson, June Haver, Veronica Lake, and Shelley Winters.
Let’s take a look at the 1950’s, the list is so long it includes approximately fourty pin up girls. Some of the lovely ladies include Carroll Baker, Candy Barr, Mara Corday, Dagmar, Diana Dors, Myrna Hansen, Jennie Lee, Sophia Loren, Cleo Moore, Kim Novak, Bettie Page, Sabrina, Elizabeth Taylor.
Why pin up girls and corsets in most of the photographs? Corsets are designed to hold the make the body look slimmer and give a look of particular body frame and silhouette. It helps to emphasize a curvy sexy body figure. It also helps to exaggerate the hips and small or large bust. It gives lift to the breasts and gives them a pushed up look. Corsets are beautifully created with lace, metal eyelets, silk and satin.
Our modern day culture is very fashion oriented and corset fashion still remains popular from pin up girls to the girl next door. They are worn at home behind closed doors in the bedroom. It is also common to see these being worn in public for all to see.