I was doing some research online and thought this paragraph from the Huffington Post described Pinup to a ‘T.’

She’s risqué but never explicit. She’s flirtatious but fiercely independent. She’s erotic but always safe for work, a welcome sight for your teenage cousin and prudish mother alike. She’s the pin-up girl, an all natural American sweetheart created to win the adoration of men across the country. (The Huffington Post, 2016).

This is what we want in our poster design. Strong independent characters, much like that of Leia in A New Hope. She takes the lead many a time, even in her own rescue, showing her battle smarts in what would be coined ‘manly’ situations.

Many of the original Pinup figures demonstrate these models in certain ways- hourglass figure, bouncy curls, rosy cheeks and lingerie. However, Pinup originated from the 1800’s, the introduction of the safety bicycle lead to women wearing more masculine trousers, revealing more ankle. That is some fine ankle there Elizabeth.

From this advertising took off, the Calendar Girls, Gibson Girl, War Propaganda- leading to the realisation that sex sold, in the 1950s. (Hanson, Blum and Meisel, n.d.)



Some examples of Pinup images. (Hanson, Blum and Meisel, n.d.).

During World War 2 in America, men were issued a magazine known as YANK. It included some real life pin-up images to boost the morale of soldiers.

 Yank Magazine.  (We Heart Vintage blog: retro fashion, cinema and photography, 2014)

The posing in these images are fantastic. They ladies are seductive yet not too crude- they are inviting but not to the point of vulgar. Their stern expressions in some give a level of control- as if challenging troops to do more.

Below is a gallery of some of the pinups from World War 2 that I found- the ‘Bomber Girls’ were among my favourite.

     The Bomber Girls. (YouTube, 2016).

Advertising at its best. Many of these illustrations were used to boost morale of troops.

When looking into the posing behind these illustrations and poses I referred to the series by Cherry Dollface (a modern day Pinup model). She demonstrated the variety of poses, from standing to on the floor, which I thought was very useful when sketching ideas.


     Posing references. (YouTube, 2016).


The Huffington Post, (2016). The History Of The Pin-Up Girl, From The 1800s To The Present. [online] Available at: history_n_6077082.html [Accessed 13 Feb. 2016].

We Heart Vintage blog: retro fashion, cinema and photography, (2014). 15 Real-Life World War 2 Pin Up Girls. [online] Available at: [Accessed 13 Feb. 2016].

YouTube, (2016). Cherry Dollface. [online] Available at: [Accessed 13 Feb. 2016].

YouTube, (2016). Top 10 Famous Pinup Girls Posters. [online] Available at: [Accessed 13 Feb. 2016].


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