The Pin Up School

Welcome to The Pin Up School!

Admission: FREE

The Pin Up School provides exclusive video instruction on pin up modeling and lifestyle including posing, hairstyling, makeup, fashion, history and artwork for new pin up girls and/or experienced pin up girls. All ages, ethnicity, nationalities, level of experience and
backgrounds are welcomed. Prior modeling experienced not needed.

The Pin Up School is to assist aspiring models learn more about everything pin up and vintage culture, history and lifestyle in order to effectively to be a successful pin up model and/or vintage/glamour model and feel fabulous in all areas of life.

It’s very easy to attend PUS – just continue following each post to learn! Content is posted regularly on this specific page. Be sure subscribe to the blog to be notified of new blog posts via email, and subscribe to B-Anne’s social media to stay current on new information. Click here to subscribe. 

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What is Pin Up Modeling?
The History of the Subtle Tease

Lesson #1

You may have noticed a pin up model while flipping through vintage memes, calendars or magazine advertisements. You may heard of classic Hollywood stars who were acclaimed pin up models such as Marilyn Monroe, Dorothy Dandridge and Betty Gable. A pin up model’s beauty, appeal and distinctive posing might have captivated you into a world of admiration.

A pin up model – or pin up girl – is a model whose appeal and attractiveness is seen within pop culture; especially within advertising, marketing and photography. Pin up photos would be cut out and used for informal display to be “pinned up” on walls from calendars, magazine ads, postcards to full length posters.

Pin up modeling originated from the very late 19th century and became widely popular during World War II and the 1950’s. Burlesque performers and actresses would use photographic images of themselves to promote their performances. It was assumed that the more “public” a woman would display herself, then the more her sexuality is available (1). With sexual fantasy in mind, many famous actresses of the early 20th century would be illustrated or photographed and sold for personal entertainment. The pin up girl gave an impression on how a woman should look and behave: very feminine, a damsel in distress, subtle sexuality, petite frame, long legs and highly attractive.  

During World War II, military branches used pin up modeling as propaganda to encourage young men to join service. The pin up style was often very subtle; featuring a young woman with sexual appeal and urgency.

Although Marilyn Monroe and Betty Gable are noted as the most famous in the pin up industry, there were many Black women that contributed the art form as well: Josephine Baker, Lottie Graves and Eartha Kitt.

In my personal experience with pin up modeling, I try to stick with the  advertising and product marketing aspect. 

(1) - Carole S. Vance, ed. "Seeking Ecstasy on the Battlefield: Danger and Pleasure in Nineteenth-Century Feminist Sexual Thought," in Pleasure and Danger: Exploring Female Sexuality (Boston: Routledge and K. Paul, 1984)

From Top to Bottom...
1. Betty Gable and her famous pin up pose
2. Marilyn Monroe "Los Angeles City Limit" pin up pose in her early years of pin up modeling
3. A World War II US Navy poster featuring a pin up girl
4. Josephine Baker with her famous banana skirt pin up impression


How to Become a Successful Pin Up Model
8 Fabulous Tips

Lesson #2

Despite the glamour, fun, contests and creative photo shoots - becoming a pin up model can be lots of hard work. It takes dedication, commitment and action to fulfill this dream. Believe it or not, there is still a huge market for pin up and glamour style modeling and plenty of opportunities to make money and still enjoy the craft. 

Many new pin up girls struggle with becoming a pin up model. A majority of people believe it's about having the "right connection". Although that is true, success comes from consistency and focus. It's about aiming towards the right audience and creating a name for yourself.

In the video below, I explain 8 fabulous tips on how to successfully become a pin up model. Overall, it's about understanding the vintage and pin up modeling industry.

Enjoy the lesson!


How to Prepare for a Pin Up or Vintage Photo Shoot 

Lesson #3

A photo shoot is like capturing your best moment. You want to stand out and capture your best side as much as possible! Having the correct props and items can help immensely. Over the years of doing photo shoots, I developed a personal system to help my shoots run more smoothly. I would always forget to bring something or would later regret not bringing something. It's a dreadful feeling! Preparation is key to making sure the day runs flawlessly. Click here to learn more about my "Polka Dot Parade" photo shoot (pictured). 

Below are a few tips on how to prepare for a pin up or vintage style photo shoot:

1. Envision the style that you are going for and conduct research on other photos to get an idea. Brainstorm and research the location. Don’t forget to save photos for reference. 

2. If you can, scout the location of the shoot. This means to either tour the studio or visit the actual location if it’s outdoors or at a building, home, office, etc. If you are unable to it’s okay. If it’s possible to obtain photos of the facility that would be better. This will help give you a mental visionAt this point, you also want to research outfits and purchase them if needed.

3. Secure and schedule the shoot date with your photographer. If you’re taking photos alone be sure to get all your gear together and make sure it’s in working condition. Be sure you have enough storage on your phone or camera for lots of photos and videos.

4. I usually lay out my outfits and prepare my accessories the night before so I don’t forget. Below I have a list of accessories and items you may find helpful to bring with you to a photo shoot.

5. I always bring lots of props, hair accessories, brushes, combs, sprays – just everything! You may run thru different ideas while shooting. Below I have a list of accessories and items you may find helpful to bring with you to a photo shoot.

6. It’s best to wake up earlier and get ready. Getting ready at your normal time may cause you to rush and forget items. Plus you need a good night’s sleep!

7. I like to practice poses either the night before or after I get ready the day of the shoot – that way the poses are fresh in my mind. 

8. Have fun! Be sure to capture as many photos as you can! 

Accessories & Items to Bring:

It’s always best to bring as much as you can. Even if you feel you may not need it – bring it! I always find myself regretting or forgetting to bring something. As cliché as it sounds – it’s better safe than sorry. Below is a list of items to bring...

1. Makeup:
Lipstick, concealer, lip gloss, false eyelashes and glue, mascara, eyeliner, lip liner, eye shadow, blush, setting spray and eyebrow pencil.

2. Jewelry:
Earrings (and backs), bracelets, necklaces and rings.

3. Hair:
Curling iron, curl holding spray, brush, comb, bobby pins (of course!), gel or pomade. I bring a curling iron in place of sponge rollers in case a curl falls out.

4. Props & Personal Items:
I always be sure to bring extra personal items in regards to the weather. I pack props the night before. Jacket, umbrella, snacks, water, cell phone charger, extra storage chip / flash drive.

Good luck and have fun!

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