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·NSFW·  Pin-Up/Burlesque › Photos

With a perfect hourglass figure, backless dresses, and silver-tinted hair, jazz singer Joyce Bryant became known as "The Bronze Bombshell" or "The Black Marilyn Monroe." She would become the first dark-skinned African-American woman celebrated by the mass media as a sex symbol. She made her way to the stage in 1940. It was there she gained national and international acclaim for her earthy, sultry tone and figure-flattering costumes.

Bettie Page

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Ethel Granger had the smallest waist on record, at 13 inches (33 cm). This was obtained through the strong encouragement of her husband to "corset train." Ethel wore the corset 24 hours a day in an attempt to shape her body to please her husband. From there her husband moved on to piercing her for his own admiration and insisting she wear 5" heels daily. He slowly enlarged piercings in her ears and septum and eventually gave her 13 piercings in total.

Burlesque dancer Zorita and her pet snake, 1950s