These vintage pinups could be could be seen adorned on the walls of many men. Hence the name pin-up because you could display these photos wherever you'd like. Pin-up models consisted of glamour models, fashion models, and even famous actresses. These photos could were seen in publications like magazines or newspapers, or were images from postcards or chromo-lithographs, and even on calendars.
History[ edit ] Beginning in the early nineteenth century, pin-up modeling had "theatrical origins",  burlesque performers and actresses sometimes used photographic advertisement as business cards to advertise shows. Being recognized not only within the theater itself but also outside challenged the conventions of women's place and women's potential in the public sphere. Being sexually fantasized, famous actresses in early 20th-century film were both drawn and photographed and put on posters to be sold for personal entertainment. Miss Barrey displayed ample cleavage and full frontal nudity. Her pictures were cherished by soldiers on both sides of the First World War conflict. An early example of the latter type was the Gibson girl , a representation of the New Woman drawn by Charles Dana Gibson. Prior to World War II they were praised for their beauty and less focus was on their sexuality.
Even Betty Boop , the most famous pin-up girl, is white — though a Black woman might have inspired the iconic character. It isn't accidental that Black pin-up models have been excluded. Pin-up girls have existed since the s, according to Priscilla Frank, an arts writer at The Huffington Post.