Pin up girls are widely appealing to popular culture and iconic in the world of fashion, glamour and beauty. There have been many iconic pin up girls in the past that are still celebrated today such as, Marilyn Monroe, Dita Von Teese and Betty Grable. There have been many controversies in regards to pin up girls and how it is corrupting societal morality and degrading towards woman hood. However, some believe it is considered to be a positive post-Victorian rejection of bodily shame and a healthy respect for female beauty. Pinup fashion has been questioned in regards to being an actual feminist. I see how it can be difficult to rationalize loving a fashion style that came from a time where women were oppressed more so than they are today. But that’s not all true.
There are some reasons why the pin up fashion in the 50’s is actually empowering for women. It embraces all the different body types. There is not specific requirement or a standard you have to meet to be a pin up girl, enforcing a positive message that size doesn’t matter! You get to embrace your inner quirk! Pin up fashion allows women to express there own style in many ways, whether its colour, different hairstyles, tattoos or clothes pairing. There are no rules! Do what you please, In the fashion industry there are trends and styles that are considered fashion suicide or unattractive. Whoever gave them the right to decide? Like that’s not degrading to women telling them how they carry themselves or what they wear is uncouth. You know who can be and wear whatever the hell they want? The pin up fashion community, that’s who! Granted the pin up version of the 21st century has the media turning them illicit, but isn’t everything in the media illicit today? It was never portrayed that way in the early years and that’s not why we embrace it today! Another reason to embrace pin up fashion is because they encourage strength! They aren’t shy and awkward, they are ballsy, strong and can stand their own ground. Who wouldn’t want to be a supporter of that?
So can you enjoy pin up girls/fashion and be a feminist? Yes, yes you can!
“When things get you down, make the best of your own life rather than worrying about what everyone else thinks.”
– Dita Von Tees
“If you’re going to do something wrong, do it big, because the punishment is the same either way.”
– Jayne Mansfield
“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”
– Marilyn Monroe
“The practice of putting women on pedestals began to die out when it was discovered that they could give orders better from there.” – Betty Grable