Pinup Icons of the 40s & 50s


While the sexy photo tradition dates all the way back to the 1890s, things took off with the pinup girls of the ’40s and ’50s. During WWII, the boys overseas hung the girls’ pictures in their lockers, and the rest is history. Many of these beauties, like Sophia Loren and Veronica Lake, went on to have successful careers in film. Pinup girls celebrated their bodies, showed some skin, and weren’t afraid to work the camera. They are truly timeless sex symbols. See some of our favorites now.

Bettie Page

In 1955, Bettie Page was named one of the first Playmates of the Month for Playboy.

Yvonne De Carlo

You would never know from this shot that sparkling and bubbly Yvonne would go on to play Lily Munster in 1960s sitcom The Munsters.

Austrian-born actress Hedy Lamarr was a major player for MGM Studios in the 1940s.

Sandra Dee

Sandra Dee won a Golden Globe in 1959 and later married singing sensation Bobby Darin.

Marilyn Monroe

No explanation necessary. Marilyn is, was, and will always be an icon.

Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, and Betty Grable

These three beauties starred together in the 1953 film How to Marry a Millionare.

Brigitte Bardot

While her youth was full of photo shoots and film sets, today Brigitte is a sometimes-controversial animal rights activist.

Jayne Mansfield

Jayne Mansfield was one of the leading blond sex symbols of the 1950s. Where can we find this album?

Sophia Loren

This Italian actress looks completely stunning in this shot and she continues to turn heads today!

The gorgeous Veronica Lake is known and loved for her roles as a femme fatale.

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