Phototgraphs VIII: Pin Ups, Beauties, Burlesque Queens, and Cheesecake!
This board is for the cheesecake models and burlesque dancers of the past in photograph. There is a board just for Diana Dors, Jayne Mansfield, Mamie Van Doren, and Marilyn Monroe called "The Bombshells". Didn't want them overshadowing everyone else! For girls that are showing more than is kid friendly go to the board named "Nudie". For illustrated pinup girls visit the board called Art: The Pinup.
Dancer Evelyn Pilcher gets a full two page spread in Beauty Parade magazine, 1950. The Devil Dance (Malay and India) as she performs it on Broadway. It is always fabulous to find a black performer getting a decent spread in predominantly white magazines. There are still decades to go before seeing such a thing isn't remarkable.
From retrogoddess: Bettie Page’s mugshot from October 29th 1972. Many of Bettie’s fans don’t seem to know that she left the pinup world and became a religious fanatic. Years later she was diagnosed as schizophrenic and eventually spent over 11 years in a state mental institution because she stabbed three people. A husband and wife the first time, and her 66 year old roommate the second time because she said “God inspired her to do it”. Bettie was an interesting woman with a turbulent life.
A young Bettie Page. When she started pin up modeling she didn't have the ubiquitous "bettie bangs" as they came to be known. Somewhere on here I have a photo of her doing a pin up shoot before she got bangs - in bra and undies and not just flashing leg! Looks like she's just warming up to the idea of stripping for the camera in this photo.