The Iconic Pin-Ups Of The 50's Were Inspired By REAL Women. Here Are The Rare Original Photos.

Gil Elvgren is a painter known for the pin-up images he made in the 1950s. The iconic creations feature impossibly curvy ladies in silly situations, and until now, only the paintings have been seen. Nerve.com has now released the photographs upon which Elvgren based his paintings, and the similarities (and differences!) between them are really fun to see.

Elvgren's paintings take the photograph as his inspiration, but alter the image to make a cartoonish effect.

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It's interesting to see that the way Elvgren alters his models' bodies is similar to the way that photos are altered now with Photoshop.

No matter the decade or the tools available, it's clear that the media has been making an exaggerated figure to catch your eye.

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These pin-ups defined an era in art, and seeing the women behind them makes them all the more beautiful.

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Who knew that so many everyday activities could be so conducive to leg-showing?

For more information on Gil Elvgren's work, check out his website here.


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