The Art of Pin-Up Modeling

‍The world of Pin up modeling is truly captivating, blending art, fashion and culture seamlessly. It’s a world where glamour intersects with popular culture, creating iconic outcomes. With more than ten years of experience as a Pin up model, I warmly welcome you to join me in delving into this enchanting universe.

Sandy Divine on a Tampa beach.

The Concept of Pin-Up

These models are usually glamour models, actresses, and fashion models, whose pictures are intended for informal, aesthetic display, such as being pinned onto a wall. Starting from the 1940s, pictures of pin-up models gained significant popularity.

Pin-up modeling has theatrical roots tracing back to the early 19th century. Performers and actresses of the era used photographic business cards to advertise their shows, effectively becoming the first pin-up models. It was the era’s views on women’s potential and sexuality that gave rise to this form of art. The more public the woman, the more ‘public,’ or available, her sexuality was considered.

Pin-Up Imitates Life and Art

Other forms of the pin-up were artwork portraying idealized versions of beautiful or attractive women. A notable example of this type was the Gibson Girl, a representation of the New Woman drawn by Charles Dana Gibson. The freedom of art allowed artists to depict women in various ways. The drawings often depicted women in seductive manners, adding a playful dimension to the pin-up culture.

The Influence of Pin-Up on Feminism

Pin-up modeling has had a significant impact on female empowerment and the perception of female beauty. The art form provided women with models for expressing and finding pleasure in their sexual subjectivity. As early as 1869, women have been both supporters and protesters of the pin-up. Some female supporters saw these as a “positive post-Victorian rejection of bodily shame and a healthy respect for female beauty.”

The Pin-Up Style: Makeup and Fashion

The classic style of the pin-up dates back to the 1940s. The period, marked by the shortages of materials during World War II, saw a focus on the “natural beauty” look. Makeup products used by pin-up models were minimal and included foundation, compact powders, eyeliner, lashes, blush, and vibrant red matte lipstick. The style also embraced natural eyebrows, unlike the thin brows of the 1920s and ’30s.

Pin-Up in the Contemporary Age

Today, the legacy of pin-up modeling is carried forward by modern celebrities and public figures. Pamela Anderson, Lana Del Rey, and Dita Von Teese are just a few examples of modern-day pin-up icons. This subculture has also given rise to dedicated magazines and forums such as Delicious Dolls and Retro Lovely.

Embracing Diversity in Pin-Up

The pin-up world has also seen the emergence of African-American pin-up models. Icons like Josephine Baker, Dorothy Dandridge, and Eartha Kitt have added to the pin-up style of their time using their looks and personal success. The magazine Jet, which focused on the African-American community, supported pin-up with their full-page feature, “Beauty of the Week”.

Living the Pin-Up Life: A Personal Journey

As a Pin-up model with over a decade of experience, I’ve had the opportunity to contribute to this fascinating realm of art. I’ve had the privilege of appearing in several magazines and TV shows, embodying the retro lifestyle.

Many women doing “Pinup” these days only want the pretty dresses and retro look. But pinup back in the day was all about sexy, and many pinup stars of the old times were nude models.

I engage in various forms of pin-up modeling, including tastefully done nudes. Bettie Page, Diane Curtis, Donna May Brown and Anne Austin are some of my pinup model heroes. You can view some of my work below, courtesy of Michael Jones at Sin Boudoir.


Pin up modeling transcends mere modeling; it embodies a rich cultural legacy that has developed over time, mirroring society’s perceptions of femininity and beauty. Fundamentally, pin up modeling celebrates the diverse beauty of women while also challenging traditional norms and encouraging self expression with confidence. Whether one is a budding model or a passionate admirer, the realm of pin up modeling promises an intriguing adventure waiting to be discovered.

If you’re inspired by the world of pin-up and would like to hire me for a project, please feel free to reach out on my contact page. Let’s continue to celebrate and uplift the timeless beauty of the pin-up together.

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