Ever wonder why you are so drawn to the pinup esthetic?
As each year passes and see how much my life is surrounded by pinup culture, I am becoming more and more aware of my influences for loving this look. That it wasn't just because of old Hollywood stars that I tacked on my walls, but that it started much earlier than that. Infact, I was more drawn to it not because of those tinsel town beauties but because of actually drawings ( nice play on words, right?) .
I was raised with pretty much Walt Disney and Jim Henson as my babysitters. And the older I get, the more I'm reminded how much they impacted me.
Recently, my lovely boyfriend Huy surprised me with a figurine. It's a a sculpture of a Fred Moore drawing, a "Freddie Girl".
Fred Moore was one of Walt Disney's original animators, he help guide the team of Disney animators which ended up giving Disney that classic 'look' that we are all familiar with.
Looking at this Freddie Girl ( which I might add might be my favorite gift , ever!) reminded me how much as little girl when watching those cartoons I would always perk up when a classically drawn 'girl' would appear. Her hair, makeup, wardrobe, and of course silhouette was always so beautiful to me. From random female background characters to Disney princesses, I wanted to look like that. They seemed so effortlessly put together, simple but alluring. Men would do anything for them, birds wanted to help them get ready in the morning- sounds ideal to me!
My overall passion for vintage, music, and clothes I credit to my grandparents and their long talks that I adored, but when it comes to the art of the pin up and my love for this look, I must say , it was a man and a mouse who really did the brainwashing <3
What was your original influence to pinup?