A pin-up girl, also known as a pin-up model, is a model whose mass-produced pictures see wide appeal as popular culture.
Pin-up girls may be glamour models, fashion models, and actresses.
The term pin-up may also refer to drawings, paintings, and other illustrations done in emulation of these photos (check out Vargas).
The term was first attested to in English in 1941 ,however, the practice is documented back at least to the 1890s.
The pin-up images could be cut out of magazines or newspapers, or be from postcard or chromo-lithographs, and so on.
Such photos often appear on calendars, which are meant to be pinned up anyway. Later, posters of pin-up girls were mass-produced. They became an instant hit.
Many pin-ups were photografs of celebrities who were considered sex symbols.
One of the most popular early pin-up girls was Betty Grable.
Her poster was ubiquitous in the lockers of G.I.'s during WWII. Other pin-ups were artwork, often depicting idealized versions of what some thought a particularly beautiful or attractive woman should look like.
An early example of the latter type was the Gibson girl, drawn by Charles Dana Gibson.
The genre also gave rise to several well-known artists specializing in the field, including Alberto vargas, Gil Elvgren, and numerous notable artists, such as Art Frahm.
Notable contemporary pin-up artists include Elias Chatzoudis, Armando Huerta, and Chuck Bauman.
As well popular Pin-Up Artist Olivia De Berardinis who is most famous for her Pin-Up Art of Betty Page and her pieces in the earlier editions of Playboy.
Today some of the greatest Pin-Up's are Loulou von Brochwitz,Heidi Van Horne, Bernie Dexter and Veronica Varlow.