If you don’t know what a bullet bra is then you could be forgiven for thinking it’s something dangerous. And in a way it is, because its extremely conical points are sharp enough to poke your eye out.

You don’t see many of these vintage bras these days but they were very popular during the 1940s and 1950s. They were made famous by the sweater girls (various Hollywood actresses who adopted the fashion of wearing tight sweaters over a bullet-shaped or cone bra), and Madonna even wore one designed by Jean Paul Gaultier during her Blond Ambition Tour back in 1990. A vintage fashion lingerie company called What Katie Did was the first company to bring bullet bras back into modern production in 1999, and since then other companies have also started to make their own version of the iconic underwear. Scroll down for a collection of vintage photos featuring women modeling bullet bras in true 1950s fashion. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite!

(h/t: vintage everyday)

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A Sweater Girl

A Sweater Girl

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Jim
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That Dash is sexy, I miss the design of those classic cars.

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Vintage Underwear

Vintage Underwear

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Master Markus
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is the one picture so far that looks alright to me. Probably because it's not under a sweater, making it look like the woman has oddly deformed breasts.

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Vintage Fashion

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Allison Cockburn
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Really thinking I need to invest in one of these bad boys. Bring this fashion trend back!

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#4

The One And Only Marilyn Monroe

The One And Only Marilyn Monroe

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coffee zombie
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Maybe it's because Marilyn Monroe is wearing them but this picture doesn't look ridiculous

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Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor

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Allana Rose
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Liz could be wearing a burlap sack and still look fabulous in it!

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#6

Old Hollywood Fashion

Old Hollywood Fashion

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#8

Bullet Bra

Bullet Bra

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Vintage Outfit

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#11

Vintage Blonde Bombshell

Vintage Blonde Bombshell

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Dawna Glow
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

ever wonder what a teenage boy thought when he saw the real boob?

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#12

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

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Sharon Vaughn
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The darts in the top make them even pointier.

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#13

Bullet Bra Fashion

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#16

Vintage Fashion

Vintage Fashion

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Jilltdcatlady
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

TV Announcer: before the Wonder Bra, before the Push Up Bra,before Plastic Surgery there was (dramatic music)...THE BULLET BRA! (Audience applause)

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#17

A Sweater Girl

A Sweater Girl

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#18

Jayne Mansfield

Jayne Mansfield

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Debra Starr Moon
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Jane Mansfield. Mariska Hargitay's (from law and order) mother. You can see the resemblance.

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Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

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Jilltdcatlady
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Are her pointy boobs closer to her waist than modern day boobs? Or is it an illusion created by the clothes and point of view?

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#20

Bullet Bra

Bullet Bra

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#21

Vintage Fashion

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#22

Vintage Undergarments

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Jilltdcatlady
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I just realized... there is no possible way to create cleavage.

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Bullet Bra Fashion

Bullet Bra Fashion

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Rhonda Fleming

Rhonda Fleming

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#29

Bettie Page

Bettie Page

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#30

Vintage Fashion

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#31

Carole Lesley

Carole Lesley

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Debbie Saloman
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is the British actress Carole Lesley - she was a friend of my Grandma.

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#32

Fashionable Looks

Fashionable Looks

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Jayne Mansfield And Diana Dors

Jayne Mansfield And Diana Dors

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#34

Vintage Fashion

Vintage Fashion

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Sharon Vaughn
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Anne Francis? She had a mole (beauty mark) on the right of her chin.

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#36

Bullet Bra

Bullet Bra

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#37

Vintage Fashion

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OdangaUsagi
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Al...most.. free.... just..a.. little further...!"

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#39

Vintage Sporty Look

Vintage Sporty Look

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#40

Dorothy Lamour

Dorothy Lamour

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Connie Martin
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Okay, on Dorothy Lamour it almost looks natural. For one thing they're not hiked up to her armpits.

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#41

Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot

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Morgan Painter
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Lovely, and NOT pointed, at least not by 1960's norms. This the lift and separate look you heard advertised on radio and TV. This might be the playtex 18 hour which some today might consider a bullet style, but thank goodness no spear points.

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Bullet Bra Fashion

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Tina Louise

Tina Louise

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#44

Vintage Fashion

Vintage Fashion

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Jacques Godin
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Honey, I packed you a full thermos of hot milk for lunch! LOL

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#45

Blonde Bombshell

Blonde Bombshell

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#46

Vintage Undergarments

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Cathie Kaye
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They still sell these bras in marks and Spencer's 🤣

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#47

Vintage Look

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#48

Bullet Bra

Bullet Bra

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Mat Gdowski
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She might fit behind the tree to hide, but her bullet boobs won't! LOL! 🤣🤣

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#49

Hollywood Starlet

Hollywood Starlet

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Becca Britton
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow.. she bears a strong resemblance to Brittany murphy..

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#50

Vintage Glamour

Vintage Glamour

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Vintage Look

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LSR
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Looks like she has a third one on her back, lol

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#52

Joan Collins And Jayne Mansfield

Joan Collins And Jayne Mansfield

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#53

Vintage Photoshoot

Vintage Photoshoot

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#54

Vintage Summer Look

Vintage Summer Look

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Mandy Martinez
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Back when thighs were allowed to be real, you go girl!

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Vintage Photoshoot

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#56

Bunny Yeager

Bunny Yeager

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Drexel Delaney
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Bunny was once a guest on "What's My Line?". Available on YouTube.

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Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

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Morgan Painter
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Marilyn was making a face here I had never seen before. I didn't know it was her until in another place it was verified as her.

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