The 1940s pinup girls became a World wide trend when the term was first coined in 1941 even though the actual imagery had been around since the late 1800s.
The popularity of pin-ups and pin-up magazines exploded in the 1940s as WWII fueled demand from deployed GI’s. American pin-up magazines in particular were popular with allied forces throughout the war.
The Pin-up girls of the 1940′s consisted of mostly actresses from American movies. British and European film production was severely limited by wartime restrictions allowing Hollywood and American pop culture to take center stage.
After the war, American culture remained dominant as Europe reconstructed and entered the cold war. However, French fashions became all the rage and fashion flourished as wartime rationing of nylons and other popular items was eased. The latter half of the 1940s saw more feminine styles emerge and a happy, cheerful image for women in film and pin-up magazines. The majority 1940’s pin-up girls were actresses from American movies.
Meet the sexy pin-up girls from the 1940′s
- Carole Landis
- Gene Tierney
- Donna Reed
- Susan Hayward
- Jane Russell
- Ava Gardner
- Judy Garland