Pin-up models remained fantasies for men in the ’40s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s like Barbara Bouchet, Claudia Cardinale, Marilyn Monroe, Victoria Vetri, and others. Most of the youngsters ask who are the pin-up models?
Their photos could have viewed in publications such as magazines or newspapers, including photographed for postcards or chromo-lithographs, and even they had appeared on calendars.
These most beautiful women remained heartthrob of millions of men all around the world because of their elegant figures and stunning facial features.
Their photographs are also sometimes referred to as cheesecake, though the “Cheesecake” was an American slang word, which was deemed to be an openly acceptable term for seminude women as the pinup models were believed forbidden in the early twentieth century.
Pin-ups trend initiated at the end of the 19th century but it couldn’t rise to fame until the ’40s. Nonetheless, a number of renowned celebrities who graced big screens such as Natalie Wood, Brigette Bardot, and Rita Hayworth, had been pin-up models.
10. Barbara Bouchet
Barbara Gutscher better known as Barbara Bouchet is a German-American actress and entrepreneur who lives and works in Italy.
She founded a production company that has produced fitness videos and books. She also owns and operates a fitness studio. Gutscher has also appeared, semi-nude, in two editions of Playboy magazine.
She has acted in more than 80 films such as A Global Affair, John Goldfarb, Please Come Home, The Red Queen Kills Seven Times, Ricco the Mean Machine, In Search of Fellini, Saturday, Sunday and Friday, Sex with a Smile and others.
9. Claudia Cardinale
Claudia Cardinale is an Italian Tunisian film actress and sex symbol who appeared in some of the most acclaimed European films of the 1960s and 1970s.
She remained heartthrob of uncounted beauty worshipers and hit lists of most tempting pin-up models in the world. In 1957, she won the “Most Beautiful Italian Girl in Tunisia” competition, the prize being a trip to Italy, which quickly led to film contracts.
In February 2011, the Los Angeles Times Magazine named Cardinale among the 50 most beautiful women in film history. Cardinale received the Best Actress Award at the 47th Antalya “Golden Orange” International Film Festival in 2010.
8. Elizabeth Montgomery
Elizabeth Victoria Montgomery commonly known as Elizabeth Montgomery was an American film, stage, and television actress whose career spanned five decades. She is best known for her leading role as Samantha Stephens on the television series Bewitched.
She has appeared in a number of films such as Bells Are Ringing, The Awakening Land, When the Circus Came to Town, Second Sight: A Love Story, The Panama Deception, The Corpse Had a Familiar Face and others.
She has been cited as one of the earliest celebrities to support gay rights and advocate for AIDS patients.
7. Jayne Mansfield
Vera Jane Palmer professionally known as Jayne Mansfield was an American film, theater, and television actress. Mansfield was blessed with everything that can rank her among the hottest pin-up models.
She was also a nightclub entertainer, a singer, and one of the early Playboy Playmates. During the 1950s and early 1960s, she was a major Hollywood sex symbol.
She became the first major American actress starring in a Hollywood motion picture to have a nude scene in the sexploitation film Promises! Promises! (1963). In February 1955, Mansfield was the Playboy Playmate of the Month.
6. Mylène Demongeot
Marie-Hélène Demongeot is a French actress with a career spanning six decades, better known as Mylène Demongeot.
She has appeared in 72 films including Sage femme, Oscar and the Lady in Pink, 36 Quai des Orfèvres, Retenez Moi…Ou Je Fais Un Malheur, The Thirteen Chairs, OSS 117 Mission for a Killer, The Singer Not the Song, School for Love, Children of Love and others.
She is a member of the honor committee of the Association for the Right to Die with Dignity (ADMD). She considered one of the best and most popular models all over the world.
5. Sherry Britton
Edith Zack better known by the stage name Sherry Britton was an American burlesque performer. She got her stage name from a liquor store on a bottle of Harvey’s Bristol Cream Sherry.
Sherry Britton secures her position among the most beautiful pin-up models being a more appealing woman in the world. She started stripping at the age of fifteen at the People’s Theater on the Bowery in Lower Manhattan.
She worked USO shows during World War II and received an honorary commission as a Brigadier General. Britton was very intelligent and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fordham University at the age of sixty-three.
4. Sophia Loren
Sofia Villani Scicolone professionally known as Sophia Loren is an Italian film actress and singer. Loren was named by the American Film Institute as one of the 25 greatest female stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema in 1999.
She has shown incredible acts in a number of movies such as I Am the Capataz, And Arrived the Accordatore, The Country of the Campanelli, Two Nights with Cleopatra, Woman of the Red Sea, The Miller’s Beautiful Wife, The Pride and the Passion, The Fall of the Roman Empire, La Voce Umana and others.
3. Stella Stevens
Estelle Eggleston better known as Stella Stevens is an American film, television, and stage actress. She is considered a perfect pin-up model during the 60s, 70s.
She showed incredible acts in a number of movies such as Say One for Me, Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold, Stand Up and Be Counted, The Secret of My Success, The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, Girls! Girls! Girls!, Point of Seduction: Body Chemistry III, Monster in the Closet and other.
She appeared in three Playboy pictorials and was Playmate of the Month for January 1960.
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2. Victoria Vetri
Victoria Vetri is an American model and actress, who named Playboy Playmate of the Year in 1968. In 2011, she was sentenced to nine years in prison for voluntary manslaughter for shooting her husband in their Hollywood apartment.
Vetri has also appeared in many television shows such as The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, The Tenderfoot: Part 2, The Bill Dana Show, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Land of the Giants, To Rome with Love and others.
She remained a top attraction for millions of men from all corners of the world having tremendous beauty features and body structure.
1. Marilyn Monroe
Norma Jeane Mortenson considered one of the beautiful pin-up models before the 80s. She better known as Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer. Monroe became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s.
By 1953, Monroe was one of the most marketable Hollywood stars. She was featured mostly in advertisements and men’s magazines.
Her images were used as the centerfold and on the cover of the first issue of the men’s magazine Playboy. Monroe has named a number of titles such as Most Popular Female Star, Best Foreign Actress, World Film Favorite: Female and others.