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Women's History Month: The Forgotten Black Women Of The Pin-Up Industry

Pin-up models originally became famous in the early 1920s and gained more recognition during World War II when photos and cartoons of pin-up girls were displayed in the lockers of U.S. Army soldiers and even on fighter jets. Popular pin-up girls included Betty Grable and Bettie Page, who was referred to as the “Queen of Pinups.” Page was known for her jet black hair, blue eyes and porcelain White skin, the ultimate standard of sexuality according to Western beauty ideals at the time.

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Women's History Month: The Forgotten Black Women Of The Pin-Up Industry
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    The Forgotten Black Women Of The Pin-Up Industry

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    “Unfortunately before the mid 1960s, society and media rarely made an effort to showcase Black women as being beautiful or glamorous,” said Angelique Noire, a model known on Instagram as The Black Pinup. “Even more rare were images supplied to the mainstream of beautiful women with dark skin. So the fact that these women and loads of other Black women are not household names was because of society’s inability to see past color. To succeed in the movies (the largest form of exporting American beauty worldwide) was already difficult.”

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