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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.

Zoe Mozert1

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.

Jane Russell

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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