Outside of pinup shoots, Veronica Lake was also a popular
film noir actress. She was born with the slightly less glamor-
ous last name of ‘Ockelman’, but a smart producer changed
it to ‘Lake’ to evoke her blue eyes. Lake was famous for her
blonde, wavy ‘peekaboo’ hairstyle, the bangs of which covered
her right eye. In the 1940s, women across America sacrificed
half of their peripheral vision in order to imitate this hairstyle.
Lake’s acting was praised by critics, but she gained a reputa-
tion for being difficult to work with, and her career didn’t last
past the end of the decade.
One of only a few female pinup artists in a male-dominated
field, Mozert had the advantage of being able to use herself
as a model, something the male artists presumably never did.
In fact, Mozert paid her way through art school in the 1920s
by modeling, and would later often pose using a camera or a
mirror to compose her paintings. As well as pinups, Mozert
produced hundreds of novel covers, calendars, advertisements
and movie posters during her career.
Russell was nicknamed the “sweater girl” after the garment
that best emphasized her two most famous assets. In fact her
debut film, The Outlaw, was almost pulled by censors who
were concerned about the amount of cleavage she showed. Co-
median Bob Hope once joked about how difficult it was to de-
scribe Jane Russell without moving your hands, a reference to
her hourglass figure. Russell’s most famous set of pinup shots
shows her lying relaxed in a pile of hay, holding a revolver.
Despite her detractors, Russell had a long and successful act-
ing career, and was later best known for her part alongside
Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
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