I was cruising Tumblr today, procrastinating as usual when I came across an extremely beautiful and inspiring post;

The post contained beautiful pinups you don't see everyday. Beautiful older women graced my screen each one of them styled in the golden age of old Hollywood. I had to find out more about the person who took them and the women he or she photographed. After a little internet sleuthing I found out the artists name, Erwin Olaf.

Erwin Olaf's career started back in 1988 in the Netherlands. He quickly became well known in the art community and eventually all over Europe. He soon garnered enough attention and started doing commercial work for Nokia and Levis. Despite all the commercial work he was getting, he still continued to work on his own projects, this particular series Mature was taken in 1999.

Much of Erwin's work focuses of societal issues; race, religion, gender and sexuality. Mature focused on societies obsession with youth. All of Erwin's models were over the age of 60 and were featured in vintage inspired lingerie and classic seductive poses. Erwin states,"The series is a reminder that people can be sexy at any age. We should celebrate our body and embrace our age rather than adhere to the society’s narrow-minded formulas and expectations." To see more of his artwork checkout his official site

Pinup Girl Clothing shows us beauty is obtainable at any age, race, gender or size and it is so inspiring to see other people, artists and photographs that reflect that same mentality.




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Tags: age, art, ashleeta, erwin, olaf, older, photography, pinups, plsfeature, retro, More…vintage

Comment by Brandi Shuey on October 18, 2012 at 3:38pm

Beautiful. My favorite out of these...the second one, Anne Nicole S. :)

Comment by Denise on October 19, 2012 at 7:02pm
I love this. I actually just bought my mom some PUG wiggle dresses. She looks stunning in them and she's pushing 60. I feel that she actually looks hotter in the Erin than I do in mine! She's one hot mamma and I'm glad she's mine. Will post pics and a blog on her soon
Comment by Felinaea Fatale on October 19, 2012 at 7:18pm

Thanks for sharing this. :)

Comment by Helen Gonzalez on October 24, 2012 at 9:07am

Thanks for posting this! The photographer Erwin Olaf and Pinupgirl fashions share the same philosophy"that beauty exists in all no matter size age gender or race". This article is very inspiring. I have been purchasing pug now for about 2 years and I feel wonderful in them. I am 61 but when I a wear  pug dress I do not look like or feel like grandmother of 12 that I am. Im grateful to broadminded thinkers such as Pug and Olaf.


Comment by Betty Lou on November 14, 2012 at 5:15pm

Thank you for posting this article.  I am in my late forties.  I am reinventing myself for about the ninetieth time in my life. The key to staying young and vibrant is to learn new things, do what you love and enjoy every moment. 

Comment by Pamela Fox on December 18, 2012 at 10:34am

This is so beautiful to see. Thank you for writing and posting this.

Comment by Michelle Pia on December 18, 2012 at 12:28pm

This is magnificent! Thank you much for sharing! <3

Comment by Marick B. Kalchert on December 18, 2012 at 12:30pm

I'd like to apologize first off because I know I'm going to sound like a meanie pants. These pictures are really, really unattractive. It's not that I don't think that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, but a lady should always look her best. I've had a couple of kids and thankfully, I am still young enough to work my body into nice shape. However, if a very attractive young female took some pinup photos, I guarantee you, they would still be airbrushed to whiten her teeth, get rid of blemishes, hide the rolls, and erase the scars. I don't know why someone didn't have the idea to use a little leg makeup or position some of these ladies in a way so that their "dunlaps" wouldn't hang on their lap. Liver spots, skin ulcers, wrinkles are just not sexy. I'm sorry, but they are not. Nonetheless, these photos have potential to be sexy and you can be proud of who you are without exposing all of your flaws to the world. Yes, these are flaws, but a pinup photo should be like a pristine painting and a pristine painting wouldn't sell if there were smudges, rips, or tears. Modern art would be the market for that, not classic beauty.

Comment by Ashleeta on December 18, 2012 at 12:45pm

Marick, in all honesty I think all your statement does is reveal you inability to be comfortable with aging or people of an older age. I also think that's exactly why photos like these are created to combat attitudes towards old age like yours. I find it really unfortunate because its going to happen to all of us no matter how hard you try to fight it with Photoshop.

Comment by Ashleeta on December 18, 2012 at 12:46pm



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