Meet the Real Women Behind Pin Up Paintings..



These days, we’re no stranger to the world of Photoshopped models and airbrushed versions of the female form. But did you know that the concept of manipulating images of women isn’t a new thing? In fact, it dates all the way back to the 1950’s.


“Cheesecake” artist Gil Elvgren was a renowned painter of pin up girls, advertising and illustration during the Fifties. Today, he is regarded as one of the most important pin up and glamour artists of the 20th century. But what he should be regarded as is one of the first artists to introduce the world to the forefront of altering women’s images to fit society’s “ideals”. Don’t believe us? Take a look at these before and after’s of his pin up models and decide for yourself.

The “Elvgren Girls” in the paintings always have beautiful feminine figures and expressions of surprise as something beyond their control gives us a glimpse of what’s going on under “there.” A handful of American artist were responsible for the success that the pin up calendar had back in the day. Among those, Zoe Wozert, Alberto Vargas, Earl Moran, Rolf Armstong and George Petty.


The Real Women Behind Pin Up Paintings

Elvgren’s paintings reflected the typical pin up style: slightly cartoonish women wit hourglass figures, innocent expressions and tastefully disarrayed clothing.


You’ll notice the stark differences between some of his models and his pin-ups. Although, it must be said that there bears a strong resemblance between the model and the art, just not particularly so in the particular features of the model. These artworks also ended up being nose art on military aircarft during World War II. His pieces became extremely popular with the military branches during that time.


The accuracy and imagery between his pin-up visions and the actual models is pretty uncanny.


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