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Iconic Pin Up Models of the 50s and 60s

The pin-up girl has been a pinnacle of the ’50s and ’60s and is still being portrayed as such in recent times. These sultry and seductive ladies know how to catch our attention – so listen up as we present these gorgeous stunners!

CLAUDIA CARDINALE

After entering a beauty pageant in Italy, the Tunisian born Claudia Cardinale’s career in acting was practically cemented.  Her beauty, sexuality, and genuine acting talent quickly got the eye of Italian producers. She became an international star thanks to Spaghetti Westerns legendary director, Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West.

URSULA ANDRESS

Is it a surprise to see a Bond Girl on this list? Nope. Ursula Andress is the definition of classic beauty. She played the femme fatal in not one, but two bond flicks namely “Dr. No”, wherein she had that iconic bikini scene and “Casino Royale”. The actress also played the greek goddess Aphrodite in “Clash of the Titans” cementing her place as one of Hollywood’s top beauties.

RAQUEL WELCH

Marilyn Monroe’s untimely death left a hole in the pin-up girl world. The top spot in the list of pin-up girls was vacant, and only Raquel Welch would be able to take it. Bursting into pin-up girl history, the actresses role in One Million Years B.C., where she sports nothing but a doe-skin bikini became the best selling poster of that year.

SHARON TATE

Who doesn’t know the story of Sharon Tate these days? Although Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tried to rewrite it to end happier, today we’re only left with the memories and dreams of what could have been. Hailed as one of Hollywood’s most beautiful of all time, Tate was starting to make a name for herself as the next sex symbol with Valley of the Dolls and the Wrecking Crew before her untimely death.

ANITA EKBERG

After earning the title of Miss Sweden in 1950, Anita Ekberg earned a modeling contract in the US that eventually became a film contract with Howard Hughes’ RKO then Universal. After a few years in Hollywood, she began an international film career in Italy and around Europe, making her an international star.

ELKE SOMMER

With her trademark pouty lips and high cheekbones, Elke Sommer was one of Hollywood’s most famous pin-up girls who had come from Europe. She starred in Italian and German films before becoming a successful actress in Hollywood thanks to films like The Victors and The Prize.

ELIZABETH MONTGOMERY

Elizabeth Montgomery became a household name when she landed the role of the witch turned American housewive Samantha Stephens on Bewitched. Besides being everyman’s magical dream wife, Montgomery also took on the role of Lizzie Borden in 1975. But let’s be honest, no-one can twitch their nose as captivatingly as she did.

YVONNE DE CARLO

Taking us further down in history is the dark-haired beauty, Yvonne De Carlo. This Canadian-American actress, singer, and dancer was one Hollywoods leading ladies in the 1940s and 1950s. She’s best known for her work as Sephora in “The Ten Commandments” and as Lily Munster in the originals “The Munsters” series.

JANE FONDA

To say that Jane Fonda was destined for stardom is an understatement. Daughter of western movie star and overall film legend, Henry Fond, Jane was always meant for Hollywood. Before she started turning in Oscar-worthy performances in the 70s, Jane was one of the premier young beauties of Hollywood.

MARILYN MONROE

I think the name speaks for itself. Marilyn is one big hot icon for generations and maybe is considered the most famous pin-up girl! She is best known for her hour-glass figure and lustrous voice and considered one of the most beautiful women in the world!

JANET LEIGH

Not only was Janet Leigh one of Hollywood’s biggest names in the film back in the pin-up girl days, but she was also one the best-known scream queens of her time. She will forever be remembered for her role in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic horror, Psycho, but she was also in films like Little Women and Angels in the Outfield.

AVA GARDNER

MGM signed her as an actress in 1941 where she appeared in The Killers (1946). This woman became popular for her femme fatale roles in the movies where she seduces men into her trap, more like a maneater, I could say. She also married a famous singer, Frank Sinatra.


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