Pinup Movies featuring the Pinup Greats

Pinup movies are a true embodiment of pinup girls: sexy, seductive, and scandalous! Here are some of our favorites.

As the main art of the 20th century, film is dealing with many other forms of art. Famous pinup girls were not only movie stars – pinup culture was an inspiration for many movies as well. Some of those pinup movies present us lives and work of famous divas, while others abound with retro spirit and give us a ticket for a time travel. What’s also interesting is the fact that many of those movies had a fashion influence at certain moments. Before you fall in love with the swell fashion of our pin up clothing shop, take a look at our list of suggestions for pin up movie fun.

1. The Notorious Bettie Page

This biography feature was released in 2005 and directed by Mary Harron. It is inspired by life and controversy of famous 50’s pinup model Bettie Page. Although some of the dialogues are authentic, it is not completely historically accurate and some of the movie events are fiction products, but regardless of that, it is still an exquisite motion picture. It brings out the essence of Bettie’s turbulent life and sketches the outlines of her style.

Pinup Movies: The Notorious Bettie Page
The Notorious Bettie Page

2. PinUp Girl

One of the earliest pinup movies was released in 1944 and it is a musical romance. The star of this movie is Betty Grable, famous for her bikini photo which was most reproduced photo during the WWII. It is an interesting story enriched with wonderful and elegant costumes. This movie has increased the popularity of certain models of dresses, which is pretty visible in many pin up collections nowadays.

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Pin Up Girl

3. Rita Hayworth Movies

Rita Hayworth is extraordinary for many reasons. She was one of the first actresses who have dyed their hair for the movies. Her acting was equally as magnificent as her unique style. And her style is pure retro glamour – long evening dresses, neat curly hair and classic pinup makeup (dark eyes and prominent lipstick). She became worldwide famous thanks to her movies such as Gilda (1946, directed by Charles Vidor), The Lady from Shangai (1947, directed by Orson Welles) and Pal Joey (1957, directed by Sidney George).

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Pal Joey

4. Marilyn Monroe Movies

Marilyn Monroe was a unique diva and if we would have to name one woman with the biggest contribution to the overall pin up world, she would definitely be The One. She has popularized the classic pinup look – curly short blond hair combined with red hot lipstick. Her elegance is a timeless quality and it is highly expressed in her pinup movies. She has acted in 33 movies and Some Like It Hot is the most popular. She also had big success in Howard Hawks’ movies Monkey Business and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. There are numerous documentaries about this star including the movie Love, Marilyn released in 2012. This movie is partially based on her personal papers.

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Monkey Business

Movies are a wonderful and fun way to find out more about rich pin up culture. With a larger knowledge acquired from the movies, it will be easier for you to find an inspiration for your personal pin up style.

Pin Up Divas: Notorious and Stylish

In a nutshell – pin up style is iconic. It’s time to introduce you to three wonderful ladies which are very important part of that history

In a nutshell – pin up style is iconic and it has its numerous recognizable features. Unique retro dresses, specially designed swimwear, certain hairstyles and makeup rules – that’s all part of well-defined pin up world. As we have already discussed about the history of pin up girls, it is time to introduce you to three wonderful ladies which are very important part of that history. Their lives and careers are a big contribution to the overall pin up style.

1. The Unsurpassed Marilyn Monroe
This movie sweetie is not only important for the film culture – she was also a fashion icon responsible for various pop trends. As a woman with sumptuous body, she looked wonderful in classic 50’s dresses. She was a personification of style. Regardless of her movie parts, she was always elegant, sweet and peachy. Let’s put aside her controversies, affairs and other gossip. Her fashion influence is more important and permanent than everything else. Some of the dresses from our collection are pretty much Marilyn-inspired.

Marilyn’s contribution to the pin up style: Short stylized curly blonde hair combined with fiery red lipstick and dark makeup on eyes. Swaying knee-length dresses with prominent décolleté, simple and elegant. For more enjoyment of her style, we warmly recommend her movie hits “Gentlemen Prefer Blonde” and “Some Like It Hot”.

Pin up girl

2. The Fantastic Rita Hayworth
This famous film lady was also a wonderful pin up model. Her looks and personality were so prominent that famous writer Stephen King took her as inspiration for his short story called “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption”. This story is the base of the movie “Shawshank Redemption” which is currently the best movie of all times, according to the votes of IMDB members. What made this woman so popular? First of all, her elegance. Her grace and her courage for changes – she has changed her hair color eight times because her roles required that.

Rita’s contribution to the pin up style: Long elegant dresses with long slits aside. Red hair combined with soft makeup on lips. Restrained elegance and effeminate posture.

Pin up girl

3. The Notorious Bettie Page
The “Queen of Pinups”, as she was often called, was one of the most prominent fashion models of 50’s. Provocative and innocent looking at the same time, she was a winning combination. Her photos were published in Playboy and Playboy founder Hugh Hefner says that Bettie was an extraordinary figure with a big influence in various areas. Unfortunately, the later part of Bettie’s life was filled with psychological problems, depression, violent mood swings etc. She has spent some time in a mental hospital. For more information about her stormy life, enjoy the movie called “The Notorious Bettie Page”.

Bettie’s contribution to the pin up style: Black hair with unusually lifted fringe, combined with fiery red lipstick. Provocative and peachy combinations.

Pin up girl

We are thankful to these lovely ladies for everything they have popularized. Inspired by these vintage pin up icons, we are proud to present you our collection of retro clothing for women. Enjoy following the trace of these great pin up dolls.

Pinup Models – A career for Beautiful Women

Pinup models have been around for ages. If you’ve ever wondered what the term meant, or why these ladies became so popular, read on.

The term for pinup models was accepted in 40’s, but the history of pinup is much older. It all started in the end of 19th century. In order to attract more audience, burlesque actresses decided to use their sexuality as they pose for the advertisements and posters. It was not only an attractive way of advertizing – it was also an important reason to reassess women’s possibilities in public life. It has also announced pinup fashion and pinup art, which still has a big influence on designers. Some great stuff inspired by that style are available here.
And what does the word pinup means? It reffers to the verb “to be pinned up”, since the photos, posters or calendars of attractive models were usually pinned up to the wall. These photos are also known as cheescake photos and they were always mass produced.

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Old pin up model

Pinup style models were completely different than models from our time. First of all, they weren’t skinny. Healthy body curves were desirable if a girl wanted to become a pinup model. They’ve usually posed in provocative clothes, swimwear, tight and attractive dresses like the ones in this collection, with some sexy accessories like suspenders, fishnet stockings and always on high heels. They also have unusual hairstyle, often with fringes and/or hair scarf. Their make up was strong but simple – usually they would put some red hot lipstick and some black eyeliner. The main characteristics of pinup models from 40’s and 50’s still inspire many girls all over the world, as you could read in our earlier post.

What happened when pinup style became a part of popular culture? Well, there were two main kinds of reactions. Feminists have given their support to pinup models, since they have made an important step for female emancipation. They have contributed to overcoming of shame related to the women’s bodies by expressing its full beauty. The presence of pinup photos and posters made women more present in some spheres of public life. From that point of view, it was very progressive thing. But still, some of the more conservative critics have yelled loudly that pinup style is nothing but pure immorality with all its nakedness and revealing.

Pinup Models
Pin up style art

But here is some trivia about pinup models: some of the soldiers who fought in World War II always carried a photo of their favorite pin up models. They have considered it was their lucky charm. The picture of famous pin up model Betty Grable where she poses in a bathing suite was the most reproducted picture during the World War II. Yes, it’s the same Betty Grable who inspired Hugh Heffner to found Playboy magazine. So, it’s not a miracle that this interesting style still has its followers and admirerers.

No trick and no illusion, pin up style became popular only thanx to the beauty of the models. Some of the most famous pin up girls of all times are probably already familiar to you: Louise Brooks, Gloria Swanson, Joan Crawford, Marlene Dietrich, Mae West, Laurene Bacall, Rita Hayworth, Brigitte Bardot, Marilyn Monroe, Gina Lollobrigida, Kim Novak, Sophia Loren, Bettie Page etc. Famous pin up style models of these days are Heidi van Horne, Dita von Teese, Bernie Dexter and others. If you have a dream to become a pin up model just like them, explore our job offer here.

Pin up style was always an important part of fashion history and pin up girls were always personification of elegant sex appeal, girls with beauty & attitude.

Pinup Models
Betty Grable

Pinup girls – How to recognize them

Can a feminist be a pinup girl? You bet! Pinup girls are notoriously strong-willed, sexy women… so how do you recognize a pinup girl?

Well, she is strong, sexy, self-confident and awesome! Although pin up style had its boom in 20th century, its unique spirit still lives in fashion and art. Many girls today give a special homage to pin up divas through their lifestyle. How to recognize them?

PinUp Girls were very attractive women with seductive body curves. Yes, this style was born long time before the age of skinny models and it celebrated the luxurious beauty of female body, all natural. Expressed sexuality made this style interesting, but also shocking and controversial, which, of course, means it was very popular. Pin up models were everywhere – on calendars, advertisements, in the magazines, in boys’ lockers, everywhere. They have mostly vanished from the world of commercials, but in reality many girls choose this style. Check here some nice photos of modern pinup girls.

So, what will you probably see on a pin up lady of today?

1. Hot & elegant dress

Pin up ladies love them in all models and colors, as long as they express their grace!

Pinup Girls Hot leopard dress
Leopard dress

2. High heels

Oh, I guess that’s clear. High heels, always & forever!

Pinup Girls: High heels
High heels forever

3. Polka dots

They come in all colors and sizes and totally ring the bell of 50’s.

Pinup Girls: Classic polka dots
Very 50’s

4. Ribbons

As opposed to the provocative looks, pinup girls often wear some cute details like ribbons. Ribbons, ribbons everywhere! On dresses, tops, and even in hair!

Pinup Girls: Ribbon

5. Enhanced, but simple make up

The classic combination of hot red lipstick and some black eyeliner works for most of the pinup girls, since it boosts the beauty and it’s very provocative.

Pinup Girls: Hot & Stylish
Make up!

6. Sailor style details

Stripes, navy blue color or sailor hats – it’s all cool. Since they’re so retro, they go quite well with pin up style.

Sailor style pinup girls
Sailor style

7. Unusual hairstyles

Pinup girls just love the shocking and bold hairstyles. Pin Up hair accessories like flowers or ribbons often give them a special glow. Try to find the one which will make your hair special in our offer.

Pinup Girls: bold, shocking and cool
pin up hairstyle

8. And now, the special ingredient – The Attitude!

Pinup Girls: The secret ingredient
The Attitude!

Not just the sex appeal, not just wonderful figure and awesome make up, but also an attitude. It’s not in the way of clothing, but in the state of mind. That’s what makes pin up girls bigger than fashion and gives them a sexy energy. It’s not important is pin up girl photogenic – the question is does she know how to pose? The strong attitude gives her much more self-confidence than the clothes or make up she wears. That’s exactly what made this style so powerful and lasting.