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Weird Glamour - When Taste Goes out the Window

Updated on November 14, 2013
Old Fashioned Pin Up
Old Fashioned Pin Up

Have you ever tried putting two opposing words into Google? Like WEIRD and GLAMOUR, for example and seeing what sort of sites emerge?

This is where sad fashion and bad models meet. Its off the rails. Its naughty, its mean. There's aliens galore and hairy men in speedos. Abba in baking foil and dodgy Sci Fi. Its scary. its dangerous. Welcome, if you dare, to the world of hot Weird Glamour!

Old Fashioned Glamour

Let's begin with the traditional glamour shots of the 1950s. A beautiful girl assuming a typical photographic pose of the 'pinup' favoured in those innocent, uncomplicated days before glamour models could be sleezy.

Although you might argue that women were being exploited in these glamour shots, they still looked like real women. A little puppy fat was OK. In those days, you could eat normally and still be a model.

Now modelling is very different. It is intimately associated with clothes and fashion labels, with makeup, with hair styles and with digital retouching.

Truth has taken a back seat. Professional photography has lost its integrity and Much of the Art of Photography lies in Photoshop rather than what appears through the lens.

When Models Go Wild!

Back cover of 1957 Glamour Photography When Models go Wild?
Back cover of 1957 Glamour Photography When Models go Wild?

This is is more edgy. A peep behind the scenes. A trip backstage.

When models break out of the frozen-frame/cheesy poses of glamour photography and reach for the cigarettes or a bottle of wine.

These are the real women being sexy but also being themselves. Asserting their independence from the phony images of the fashion industry and the glamour photo shoot and glossy magazines.

On our journey into the world of weird glamour we'll see how the best eye candy throws good taste out the window.

How the shots that catch our eye and imagination are often trashy and tend to break every rule of style and fashion.


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Forbidden Planet, a Beautiful Girl and a Hairdressing Robot
Forbidden Planet, a Beautiful Girl and a Hairdressing Robot

How Would You Like It?

Below is a publicity shot from the 1950s movie Forbidden Planet. It shows Robbie the Robot doing the hair of the female lead.

Although never part of the film plot, a robot hairdresser is great PR.

This is a recuring theme in movies. Beauty and the Beast. from King Kong to Robots. The combination of a beautiful girl and a monster has always gone down well

The girl may be hot GLAMOUR but a robot hairdresser is just plain WEIRD!

Hair the Album Cover - Bad Hair Day?
Hair the Album Cover - Bad Hair Day?

Bad Hair Day

Whilst we are on the subject of Hair, that was also the name of a 1960s musical. All about sexual liberation and letting it all hang out.

But if you had an album called Train you'd probably put a picture of a fine train on the cover, not a train wreck.

So why hair like this? Like so many sixties models she looks more lost and confused than sexually liberated. Perhaps all that sexual freedom has not only messed up her hair but left her exhausted?

This is an album that, like so much from the 60s, was 'Hair Today Gone Tomorrow'.

David Hasselhoff, Doggy Speedos, Hairy Chest and 80s Perm
David Hasselhoff, Doggy Speedos, Hairy Chest and 80s Perm

The Hoff

Talking of Beauty and the Beast, I've included this to broaden my audience and push the traffic up.

This is for the ladies and gay men across the globe! I'll leave you to decide if David or Pamela is the Beast.

This speedoed, hairy hunk was global news in the 80's Mr Bay Watch himself. The ultimate glamour icon.

No disrespect to David but isn't this pose just a little weird? Notice that since this picture winged around the world, Speedos are no longer fashionable (except at the YMCA).

Yes David has probably killed Speedos as a fashion accessory for the next 100 years.

Dynesty, Dallas and lots of Shoulder Pads
Dynesty, Dallas and lots of Shoulder Pads

Dynesty and Dallas

Continuing with 1980s US TV, who can forget Dallas or Dynesty and the mystery of Who Shot JR?

Linda Evans and Joan Collins, the Power Dressing women. Those glittering frocks with massive shoulder pads.

Taste and subtlety went out of the window. The costume designers had a ball. The more glitter and glitz the better.

This was TV at its worst. The scripts were diabolical. The plot lines didn't add up. But the public loved it.

The champagne bottles, overflowing, the oil gushing into the sky. It was pure trash. The Glamor wasn't just Weird. It was truly awful!

UFO TV Series

UFO TV Series, Girl in Silver Suit and Purple Bobbed Hair
UFO TV Series, Girl in Silver Suit and Purple Bobbed Hair

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Silver Suits and Purple Hair!

Sci Fi is a rich source of weird glamour. Particularly the TV variety with limited budgets and cut price designers.

UFO was made by Gerry and Silvia Anderson in 1970. The Andersons made their mark with various programs such as Stingray and Thunderbirds starring weird marionettes complete with visible strings.

This kept the budget down although the acting was decidedly wooden. They continued the formula but finally got a big enough budget to replace the puppets with real actors.

UFO was not aimed at children, but deliberately sought an older audience. Many episodes featured adult themes such as adultery, divorce, and drug use. The acting was still wooden but with no strings attached!

I love the technology. And of course, the tight silver jump-suits with the purple bobbed hair. It must have been uncomfortable, particularly the silver pants.

But you can never top that 70's style, can you? Yes it is glamorous but also decidedly weird!

What's the Message?

Fragrance Ads are often a little weird and obscure. This one is no exception.

It is not clear how this promotes the perfume. Here we have bar-room glamour with sweat. it doesn't look as if it smells good. The rocket conjures up smoke and I won't speculate where the rocket is heading.

No doubt about it. This is Weird.

Jane Fonda is Barbarella in Green Mini-Dress
Jane Fonda is Barbarella in Green Mini-Dress


This is a slightly kinky movie so amazingly bad it is excellent. It has a look that is very organic. The set and costume designers seemed to favour anything green, furry or feathery. It is also very sexy but in an apologetic way that only 1960s movies can manage.

It was difficult to for the film to be a flop when it featured Jane Fonda. Jane was very much the 'Thinking Man's Crumpet'. She opposed the Vietnam War and was a powerful political activist.

It was therefore surprising, to say the least, to see this intellectual heavyweight, in the opening sequence of the movie, performing a slow weightless striptease with only the letters of the opening credits covering her assets.

Watch out for the remake coming soon to a cinema near you. But it just won't be the same without Jane. Jane is GLAMOUR but in this move she is also decidedly hot but  WEIRD!

Foot Fetishists

I'm trying to cater for all tastes so here are some sexy shoes.

I'm not sure if this is intended to double as a hairbrush? Or is it a lure to entrap hedgehogs.

Hedgehogs? I'm not sure you have then in North America or Asia. They are cute little creatures who inhabit gardens in the UK, eat worms and are covered in spikes (a bit like a porcupine).

Anyway, definitely weird. They probably used them in Barbarella.

ABBA The Worst Dressed Band Ever?

Abba Dressed Only in Small Quantity of Aluminium Baking Foil - Disturbing and Weird.
Abba Dressed Only in Small Quantity of Aluminium Baking Foil - Disturbing and Weird.
ABBA - Style Gurus?
ABBA - Style Gurus?

Most people had a soft spot for Abba although few would admit it. This shot of the Swedish foursome wrapped only in aluminium baking foil takes some beating. This must have been the cheapest and tackiest publicity shot in the history of PR.

Below we see a typical outfit worn by Abba during their stage performances. Can you imagine walking down the street looking like this yet alone appearing in front of thousands of people?

Abba music was pure Europop but deceptively catchy. Hence the millions in the bank, many Abba tribute bands and the success of the musical Mama Mia. Abba were glamourous in an odd way but also decidedly weird!

Avon with some of the 7 Including ORAC, the Fish Tank/Computer
Avon with some of the 7 Including ORAC, the Fish Tank/Computer

Blakes 7 Poster

Blakes 7 Poster
Blakes 7 Poster

Blakes 7

This was a favourite of mine from the 1980s. It was camp, mindlessly badly written with a plot with no coherence or reason to it. And then, of course, there were the odd costumes and cheap sets.

I suspect that they got the costumes out of a 'dressing up' box. There is a hint of Robin Hood mixed with Doctor Who and children's SciFi shows. Every planet visited looking either like a small quarry in Dorset or a disused Power Station (also in Dorset).

One way to keep the costs down was to have computers as crew members. ORAC in the picture (the plastic fish tank they are all gazing into) was voiced by Peter Tuddenham (not many people remember that!) It was Weird. But it also had Glamour. Weird Glamour.

Thankfully, this is just the tip of the iceberg. The TV and Movie industries are still producing Weird Glamour. It you don't believe me check out new shows like Flash Gordon on the Sci Fi channel. I also gather a new series of Blakes 7 is on the cards in the UK from Sky 1.

Flash Gordon - Original Movie

Flash Gordon and Dale (looking a little like Robin Hood and Maid Marian) With Strange Gun
Flash Gordon and Dale (looking a little like Robin Hood and Maid Marian) With Strange Gun

Trailer for the 1968 movie Barbarella

Weird Glamour - Betty Page

Weird Glamour - Camping Girls


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    • Zumba-with Jenijo profile image

      Jen Hendrickson 

      5 years ago from Wichita, Kansas

      Barbar ellll lalalalaaaaaa.. lol.. I don't know why.. but as kids we watched this movie.. and my niece loved how her first lover called for her in the man hole or whatever she fell through. I remember she did the deed with an angel character and the actor was completely gorgeous. I need to google what his name was.

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      8 years ago from Dayton, ohio

      Where do I start? First off as bad as the Hoffs picture is there was one worst, A picture of david hasselhoff naked with a dog sitting on his crotch. Disturbing!

      Joan Collins in dynesty looked like she was wearing blood wings.

      Also I happen to LOVE ABBA. They are one of my favorite bands.

    • kittythedreamer profile image

      Kitty Fields 

      9 years ago from Summerland

      LOVE Miss Bettie Page...even if she did do "weird" stripporama videos. she was fabulous and confident!

    • Rik Ravado profile imageAUTHOR

      Rik Ravado 

      9 years ago from England

      yenajeon - they really are bad aren't they?

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      Yena Williams 

      9 years ago from California

      OMG the Abba outfits was the frosting on the cupcake. Its probably the worst. Great Hub!

    • Rik Ravado profile imageAUTHOR

      Rik Ravado 

      10 years ago from England

      camio - Thanks for this!

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      Camlo De Ville 

      10 years ago from Cologne, Germany

      That particular picture from 'Dynasty' demonstrates your point perfectly

    • Rik Ravado profile imageAUTHOR

      Rik Ravado 

      10 years ago from England

      What a great name, 'Wednesday Morning' - Glad you enjoyed the Hoff!

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      Wednesday Morning 

      10 years ago

      Still laughing at Hasselhoff & his speedo. Fun hub.

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      Rik Ravado 

      10 years ago from England

      Shimlaescorts (a hub member but not for long!) has posted spam with lots of phone numbers of his 'girls'. You'll be glad to know i've deleted it and flagged him!

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      Rik Ravado 

      10 years ago from England

      ishfaq mir - Welcome to HubPages. I am fine. Hope you get your Caps lock fixed soon!

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      10 years ago


    • Rik Ravado profile imageAUTHOR

      Rik Ravado 

      10 years ago from England

      Glad you liked it Kosmo!

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      Kelley Marks 

      10 years ago from California

      Spectacular hub - where glamor meets kitschy, cheesy and trite! (I can never get enough of Marilyn.)

    • Rik Ravado profile imageAUTHOR

      Rik Ravado 

      10 years ago from England

      Daniel - glad you liked it!

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      Daniel Gilbert 

      10 years ago

      The rocket on the television - priceless. I've never in my life seen a less subtle piece of imagery used to sell a product. Brilliant spotting.

    • Rik Ravado profile imageAUTHOR

      Rik Ravado 

      11 years ago from England

      bgamall - Yes I was never into Abba when they hit the big time - they seemed very 'cheesy' but looking back you can see they had a huge influence on pop music (as opposed to rock).

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      Gary Anderson 

      11 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Dancing Queen may be the most copied cover song ever. I am a classic rock fan but Abba made a huge impact on the music world.

    • Rik Ravado profile imageAUTHOR

      Rik Ravado 

      11 years ago from England

      Yes the production values are much higher today - compare the old Dr Who with cheap cardboard sets and costumes with the glitzy new series, for example.

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      Cindy Lawson 

      11 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Brilliant cult series that looks really dated if you see a clip of it now :)

    • Rik Ravado profile imageAUTHOR

      Rik Ravado 

      11 years ago from England


      I had started work when Blake's 7 ran. We had great fun sharing all the worst moments including the ham acting and amazing costumes. It was a great TV!

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      Cindy Lawson 

      11 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I truly was addicted to Blake's 7 as a kid. I cried my eyes out in the final episode when they all got killed off, so much so that I sent a note downstairs to my Mum saying how upset I was even though I knew it was only a TV series.

    • Rik Ravado profile imageAUTHOR

      Rik Ravado 

      11 years ago from England

      Shades - Glad you enjoyed your 15 minutes of fashion nightmares

      Desert b and Michelle - I think David H is the 'jewel in the crown'.  I think the Hoff is worthy of a dedicated Hub all to himself!

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      11 years ago

      Thanks. Thanks a lot. That picture of David Hasselhoff is going to give me nightmares, and probably a couple of cases of indigestion.

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      desert blondie 

      11 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

      I agree with!

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      11 years ago from California

      I have no idea how I ended up on this hub, but, LOL. A total waste of fifteen minutes and yet I found myself totally amused.

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      Rik Ravado 

      11 years ago from England

      gamergirl - I think he still thinks millions watched Baywatch just because of him - I gather his music is popular in Germany though!

      CJ - You have a point - they were so bad they had a unique dress style all of their own!

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      Christopher James Stone 

      11 years ago from Whitstable, UK

      No you got it wrong. ABBA were the BEST dressed band ever. In a weird sort of a way. Ok, just weird then. But you've got me thinking, about putting incongruous combinations of words into google. How about "strange beauty"? I'm going to try that one out now. Great hub.

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      11 years ago from Antioch, TN


      The Hoff is definitely a weird phenomenon. I don't get why he's so popular.. LOL

    • Rik Ravado profile imageAUTHOR

      Rik Ravado 

      11 years ago from England

      Bob - Glad you enjoyed it - Yes, the Hoff is definitely not main-stream glam!

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      11 years ago from Laurel, DE

      Great hub. Could have done without the picture of the Hoffster. LOL

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      Rik Ravado 

      11 years ago from England

      Glad you liked it mroconnell - I keep adding stuff I find. Think I might do a sequel!

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      11 years ago from France

      This is a zany compilation. Great theme!

    • Rik Ravado profile imageAUTHOR

      Rik Ravado 

      11 years ago from England

      Doghouse - glad you enjoyed it. The great thing about HubPages is you can write silly stuff like this which probably won't earn anything (but is fun) and then write a serious Hub and make a little cash.

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      In The Doghouse 

      11 years ago from California


      This was an absolutely fun read! Thanks for all your wierdness. I loved the shoes and chuckled at the Hedgehog lol They do look like they might be in the hedgehog family to say the least. Great Hub.

    • Rik Ravado profile imageAUTHOR

      Rik Ravado 

      11 years ago from England

      rmr - I agree about the Hoff - I prefer him fully covered!

      2 Patricias - Blake's Seven was tremendous fun - the worse it got the more fun it was. There was some wonderful hammy acting. Servelan, one of the female baddies was particularly good at delivering 'over the top' evil threats.

      You are so right about curvy women - men love them. Its only some women who think 'thin is better'.

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      11 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      What a fun hub! I LOVED Blake's Seven. It was totally unconnected to the 'real' world. I was having a hard time at work when it was broadcast, so watching it was truly an escape from my worries. On a serious note, I wish that more men would put the message across that curves on women are glamourous. There are too many young women who have the mistaken idea that they have to be really skinny to look good. That look is so unhealthy.

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      11 years ago from Livonia, MI

      Weird hub! i love it! Lots of memories in the photos. I must admit, though, I could happily live out the rest of my life never seeing another Hassellhoff speedo pic!

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      Ralph Deeds 

      11 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Mondo wierdo.


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