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Vintage Pin-Up Art And Makeup Tutorial
For the love of cheesecake!
Pin-ups and pin-up art are adored by many people and have such a special place not only for its beauty, but also for its place in history. Whether it’s the lovely drawings of many talented artists, or the sex appeal of some famous pin-ups, such as; Betty Grable, Bettie Page, Rita Hayworth, Jane Russell, and more. These beauties are timeless, as well as the women who have been drawn to perfection by the hands and imagination of the magnificent artists who have brought them to life!
Here’s a little pin-up history! In the late nineteenth century, actresses and burlesque performers were known to use photographic advertisement as their business cards, and these advertisements were often found stuck in reading glasses, green rooms, or just about anywhere that would help them gain more exposure not only within the theater, but into the outside world. Especially in an era where the views of a woman’s level of visibility were tied to a woman’s sexuality. In other words, the more public the woman was, the more public her sexuality. Other pin-ups were works of art that displayed beautiful, attractive women as examples of what a woman should look like in various poses. These poses captured women being seductive, but in an innocent, playful manner. The difference between the burlesque dancers and actresses is that the artists had the freedom to open up to fantasy and draw women in an array of different poses.
One of the most notable were The Vargas Girls, girlie cartoons featured in the 1932 Esquire men’s magazine. Before WWII they were known more for their beauty as opposed to their sexuality. However, during the war, the drawings became more seductive as they were transformed into dressing military-style. From 1942-1946, due to high volume of military demand, Vargas Girls popularity rose and 9 million copies were sent to the American troops overseas and in domestic bases free of charge. WWII bombers viewed these girls as good luck, never as prostitutes. Pictures of pin-ups hung from lonely servicemen’s lockers, from the sides of planes, and even on the walls of barracks.
There were many great pin-up artists, such as; Rolf Armstrong, Joyce Ballantyne, Alberto Vargas, Ben-Hur Baez, Peter Driben, Gil Elvgren, and the list goes on and on. Pin-up images were cut from magazines, newspapers, chromo-lithographs, postcards, etc. Pin-ups often appeared on calendars (meant to be pinned up), Later posters were mass-produced and became a huge hit!