The Ultimate Pin-Up Girl is You


So often these days we are fed a steady diet of wafer-thin models, celebrities or just that one cousin of yours who manages to always looks so elegant, Posh Beckham would kill for her wardrobe. But you know what? I’m getting sick of the whole “thin is beautiful” and I’m tired of feeling guilty when I don’t fit into the size 10 at my favourite local vintage tailored shop. I’m not fat, I have curves and it’s about time I accept my body as the marvellous creation it is, rather than trying to mould into a skinny-mini version of myself.

You only have to look at the success of Adele, who was the top selling artist for 2011, to see the change in people’s attitudes. Her voice is beautiful. She is beautiful and yet she doesn’t feel the need to be some rockstar swinging from chandeliers or popping her boobs in people’s faces. She has given many women, myself included, more confidence in our appearance and to stop worrying about our wobbly bits. Yes it’s important to stay healthy, eat right and exercise regularly but just because you can’t fit into Alex Perry’s latest collection doesn’t mean you should fall off the map.

Pin-up girls such as Marilyn Monroe from the 1950s show a culture that embraced womanly curves and ample busts. These women don’t appear in our magazines anymore and it is a crying shame. At the end of watching My Week with Marilyn, a film which depicts a young boy desperate to get his foot in the door of an industry he adores, he suddenly ends up on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl and is captivated by the alluring Ms Monroe.

They just don’t make stars like that anymore, I thought until I stumbled across and bought tickets to see the final of Miss Pin-up Australia. They had four categories – Miss Perfect Pinup (under 30s), Miss Illustrated Pinup (tattooed ladies), Miss Classic pinup (over 30s) and Miss VaVa Voom pinup which showed the plus size beauties. What a night! Some of these ladies make their own vintage garments and it was refreshing to see a range of different body types and sizes all strutting their stuff.

After the Marilyn film I felt empowered. It’s rare that I walk out of a movie and feel like I have gained confidence I usually just feel sluggish from indulging in too much popcorn and choc-tops. Or my gigantic frozen coke which is a movie night treat. I will tell you honestly I went home and ran myself a bath and as I took my clothes off I felt my curves and smiled. This is probably the only time this has happened. I felt so empowered. So womanly. So happy.

It’s easy to look and appreciate other people’s bodies. I believe the female body is awe inspiring, being sexually attracted is just a cheeky bonus. And let me tell you, there’s nothing better than tracing the curves a woman’s body. Nothing. We spend way too much time focusing on the negative instead of complimenting ourselves. Confidence is beauty to me. Taking pride in your appearance and feeling like an outfit, a whack of red lippy or a beautiful pair of dangling earrings can really brighten up not only your day but your mood.

What makes you feel sexy? What one thing could you do today to embrace your body as it is?

This image was found at Vogue

  • Mandi Aylmore

    I am overweight. There. I said it.

    But what made me feel sexy recently, was a change in hair colour. Something as simple as a box of dye, has made me go from feeling frumpy, to putting a spring in my step. I went from being blondeish, because that’s what my mum and hair dresser told me to do because it suited me (I didn’t think so), to a beautiful rich auburn colour that shines in the sunlight. It’s the colour I have always wanted to be, and I am beyond stoked.

    And another thing that makes me feel sexy is when I’m wearing a really good bra, that supports the girls, gives them a lovely shape, and sits them up. I have fabulous boobs so having them sitting right is a great feeling.

    • Tamsin Howse

      A good bra is SO important!!

    • Shannon Bownds

      I agree with the hair change! As a poor uni student, I go up to 6 months at a time without a new haircut or getting my foils redone, which leads to very boring hair…but when I get new hair I get all sorts of new confidence!

  • Jess Lawless

    Well, what I did this summer was ditch the boardies. For the first time in my 23 years, I went swimming, every time, in just my bikini.
    This sounds really stupid.. but I’d always looked at girls who were at the beach in a bikini, thinking it seemed like the epitome of carefree fun. Also thinking I never measured up to them, so I always hid in my board shorts.
    But this summer I just did it, and it was every bit as awesome as I thought. I did feel more carefree and confident. What helped a little was finding a bikini that suited me!

    • Tamsin Howse

      I hate boardies!! I think they make people’s legs look worse. Or, realistically, I think they make MY legs look worse. Good on you for ditching them!

  • Tamsin Howse

    I don’t feel sexy for the simple fact I don’t think I am sexy.

    There is an x factor that makes people sexy. Victoria Beckham, for example, is very sexy. Scarlett Johansson is sexy. Marion Cotillard, Angelina Jolie…

    Taylor Swift or… actually, I can’t think of many people who are famous who AREN’T sexy.

    Unfortunately, I’m not. Something I’m hoping will come with age.

    • Shannon

      Don’t worry, I’m right there with you! I’ll admit I’ve *tried* to be sexy on a couple of occasions, but it doesn’t tend to be natural.

      Maybe that’s the problem? If we focus too much on being sexy or fearing we aren’t sexy, we can’t *be* sexy. I’ve always felt I lack the curves to be sexy.

      Actually, there is one time I’ve felt truly sexy; I bought an underbust corset (because I’m not buxom, full corsets tend to make me more self-conscious coz I don’t get that boob poppage bigger women get) and that makes me feel damn fine. Throw a white business shirt with a couple of buttons undone or a nice singlet underneath, BAM curves. Teamed with jeans, it becomes a sexy-but-still-casual kind of look (that I’m yet to wear in public).

      • Tamsin Howse

        I have the curves these days, but I still don’t think I have the sexy appeal. Although apparently the photographer who shot me recently disagrees (she tweeted me to tell me).