June Wilkinson was one of the World's most photographed models in the late 1950's/early 1960's and is considered one of the top 10 pin up models of the 60's. From an early age she embraced glamour, starting off as a dancer at the Windmill Theatre and she went on to become a well known playboy model.
Some people might be surprised that we should consider Vera Lynn a pin up, but, though perhaps considered less glamorous than others at the time, as 'The force's sweetheart' she most certainly was a pin up, she gave or sent out thousands of signed photos of herself to troops, either at concerts or in response to written requests and many of these soldiers, sailors and airmen would have her picture pinned up, it was said at the time, that whilst many would choose Betty Grable to take to bed, it was Vera Lynn that they wanted to marry.
They don't make them like this anymore.
The Honourable Elsie Mackay (also widely known for a time as Poppy Wyndham) was a real action heroine, daughter of an Earl, society favourite, noted actress, hugely successful interior designer and pioneering aviatrix. She was regarded as a contemporary role model amongst women of the time both beautiful and graceful, yet renowned for driving her Rolls Royce at great speed, galloping her horses and stunt flying in her Avro biplane. She was killed attempting to fly across the Atlantic in a single engine plane in 1928, aged just 35. Who do we get today, Cheryl Cole!!
Hazel Court, Hammer Film's first 'star' and Queen of Horror and Sci-Fi, star of 'The Devil Girl from Mars' and 'The Curse of Frankenstein' - Her genre work bought her cult status and she was a regular on the convention circuit into the late 1990's
Christabel Leighton Porter
Christabel Leighton Porter, a pin up with a difference in that the pin ups often weren't actually photos of her, rather pictures of her alter ego 'Jane' (though as the inspiration behind Jane she was certainly also a pin up in her own right), said by Churchill to be 'Britain's secret weapon', she certainly helped raise morale amongst the forces in the dark days of the War, it was said that the first time Jane appeared 'Nude' in the cartoon strip that the British Army made a breakthrough and sudden advance in North Africa. A few years after the war, she did actually play 'Jane' in a film 'Adventures of Jane' in 1949.
Phyllis Dixie, showgirl, dancer, singer and said by some to be the queen of British striptease (she created the first striptease revue in the West End at the Whitehall Theatre in 1942) - her performances were always artistic and closer to Burlesque than what is now considered striptease.
Diana Dors, Britain's blonde bombshell!