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27 Vintage Photos Revealing the Secrets of the Famous 1950’s Pin-up Girls

Neil Patrick

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In an age where celebrities who agree to bypass Photoshop and be pictured au naturel are lauded as “brave”, it’s easy to imagine the airbrush is a modern tool BUT these pictures show even the pin-up girls of the 1950s weren’t immune to a touch-up.

Compiled by Retronaut, Gil Elvgren’s glamour girl images are shown next to the subsequent artistic renderings – and we’ve definitely noticed a slimming of ankle and a swelling of breast here and there.

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The excessively Photoshopped, rail thin women who fill the glossy pages of modern magazines are a far cry from the full figured, feminine ideal of the 1950s.But Retronaut’s incredible collection of before and after pictures of ’50s pin-up girls shows how even their bodies were altered and scrutinized.

While the changes certainly aren’t as excessive as what we are used to seeing today—from removing all signs of ageing (and life) from models’ faces to essentially removing ribs to create the right, skinny look—pin-up artists reduced and accentuated to create the perfect pin-up.

Although Photoshop was decades away, this is the vintage equivalent.

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