The Pin-Up Girls Who Defined An Entire Industry

Ever since the first pin-up models began to be created, there has been a subculture of photographers who have continued to experiment with the genre. In recent years, we have witnessed the reemergence of the pin-up model thanks to the internet. The biggest pin-up girls of all time arrived to between the Roaring ’20s and 1960s. These were not just women who appeared in front of a film camera — many were some of the biggest Academy Award winners and nominees in Hollywood. There’s even one pin-up girl who went on to create a radio-technology that we still use in modern Wi-Fi networks to this very day. In celebration of this art form, we present you with some of the most well-known and controversial pin-up models of the past 100 years.

Kim Novak

Kim Novak

Kim Novak is a retired American film and TV actress. In 1954 she signed with Columbia Pictures and quickly became a star. She acted in various successful films including The Man with the Golden Arm, Pal Joey, and Alfred Hitchcock’s hit movie Vertigo. The pin-up movement was strong in the 1950s and Novak was one of the most popular models, thanks to several bathing suit photo shoots. At one point, Kim Novak was in a relationship with Sammy Davis, Jr. However, it was considered extremely controversial because he was black and she was white. It’s even been reported that Henry Cohn had mobsters threaten Davis in order to make sure she stopped dating him. Novak is still alive, at the age of of 83, and resides in Oregon.