Evolution Of An Icon
The Pin-Up girl. What springs to mind when you think of it? Are they thoughts of scantily clad women flaunting their wares like common street walkers? How about thoughts of beautiful, strong, independent women? The truth is somewhere in between.
The Pin-Up girl phenomenon has its origins in the “Gibson Girl.” Here is what wiki has to say about her: “The Gibson Girl was tall and slender yet with ample bosom, hips and bottom; she had an exaggerated S-curve torso shape achieved by wearing a swan-bill corset…The tall, narrow-waisted ideal feminine figure was portrayed as being multi-faceted, at ease, and fashionable. Gibson depicted her as an equal and sometimes teasing companion to men.“ It is the last sentence that grabbed my attention. The Gibson Girl was the personification of a feminine ideal during a 20-year period from about 1890-1910 in the United States. She was a beautiful, strong, confident woman.
Once WW I began the Gibson Girl icon was left behind. The war brought a new, pragmatic look to fashion. There were many incarnations of the pin up girl after Gibson’s until in World War II. Then came Betty Grable. Her poster became a staple of G.I. lockers everywhere.
From there, we move to Betty Page “The Queen of Pin-Up.” One of the most famous and beautiful women the world has ever seen. For most, she is the personification of Pin-Up. I am included in that statement.
This leads us to modern day. There were other poster girls, who are technically considered Pin-Up girls: Farrah Fawcett, Christie Brinkley, Cindy Crawford, etc. The list goes on and on. But they never captured the spirit of a pure and true Pin-Up girl. That is, until Ditas Von Teese arrived on the scene.
That was the evolution of the Pin-Up girl. Now, we get to the revolution. The Suicide Girls. This company, started with just two people in Portland, OR. has turned into an empire with over 5 million unique visitors a month. It extols the beauty and sexiness of women with “alternative” lifestyles. It is a celebration of tattoos, piercings, sexy and sass. It keeps alive, in this new world, the feeling of the strong, independent women of the Gibson Girl, but brings it into the new millennium. Suicide Girls, Give Us Art! salutes you!
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