While some variation of the pin-up model goes back all the way into the 1890s, the term was coined and popularized during the second world war. Referring to the fact that these images are casual, i.e. you pin them up to a wall rather than frame them or keep them hidden away, they are associated with wartime during the 1940s and 1950s. A wide variety of women have taken the token of the pinup, some are models and others are actresses or other celebrities. If you've seen The Shawshank Redemption, a pinup of actress Rita Hayworth figures pretty importantly in the film.
Nowadays the idea of the pinup has also come to be associated with a vintage look. While this often goes back to the era where they are most popular, they can also encompass a wide variety of vintage styles up until the 1970s. With the advent of social media, it seems that pinup style and its variations (burlesque and rockabilly, in particular, have adopted a lot of the tenants of the "pinup look") have spurned new stars and new industries.
Instagram especially has been a great place for vintage fans to work on their look and trade their favorite companies and tricks. There are clothing and makeup companies totally built around pinups that have millions of followers. As pinup is really a wide-ranging term. You'll see everything under the sun when it comes to Instagram models strutting their pinup stuff - from detailed recreations of old styles to a hybrid of old and new.
Whether you yourself are interested in embodying the pinup lifestyle or you just admire the hard work that goes into these vintage looks, here are 20 Instagram stars who've nailed the pinup look.
Parts Audrey Hepburn and part Dorothy Dandridge, Instagram model Valentina, is the epitome of old school glamor. Her glamourous look feels effortless, lived in and is oh-so beautiful. We love how diverse her interpretation of pinup seems to be as she channels evening wear, casual Fridays and beach looks, all blended perfectly. Absolutely the full package, we're actually more than a little surprised that Valentina is not a huge star because she's not only won us over completely, but has left us wanting more.
Sources: Wikipedia, Reddit, Instagram
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