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The Official Pin-Up Girl

by Kate Fortmueller

During WWII Betty Grable was the official pin-up girl for U.S. soldiers. In this film 20th Century Fox attempted to capitalize on her pin-up girl fame. While her pin-up picture featured her in a bathing suit, in this sequence her clothing is noticeably chaste and buttoned up. What kind of femininity does this number promote? How is this supported by the lyrics, costumes, and composition?

Pin-Up Girl (1944) - "You're My Little Pin-Up Girl"

Soldiers try to convince women to be their pin-up girls.

from Pin-Up Girl (1944)
Creator: H. Bruce Humberstone
Posted by Kate Fortmueller