Though the 1950s have celebrated feminine curves and also gave birth to the pin-up girls, it was still unusual for such an icon to sport a fuller, rounder physique. When the words "pin-up girl" are said, the first thing that comes to mind is most likely Marilyn Monroe. The woman was an icon and her style much defined the pin-up model style. But contrary to the common misconception, she'd be around size 2 of today's standards and nowhere near the alleged size 16. With Marilyn still to this day embodying the perfect woman, people sometimes forget about the other pin-up girls that are also worth remembering - Hilda, the plus size model, for example.

Created by illustrator Duane Bryers (1911-2012), Hilda was a plus-size girl who was definitely not shy about her plump body. Not only was she one of the only curvy girls in the pin-up game at the time, but she was also a hilariously clumsy girl that was fun to look at. Hilda graced America's calendars from around the 1950s to the 1980s and to celebrate that, we share some of Duane Bryers' silly illustrations of her below. Don't forget to vote for your favorite Hilda, the pin-up illustrations!

(h/t: vintageeveryday)

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Sasy 2 years ago

Incredible, she is so vibrant and alive, for a moment I actually forgot it was not the real her.

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Michel M. Prins 2 years ago

Amazing censoring

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Sasy 2 years ago

Gorgeous

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Highscora 2 years ago

this is so beautiful. sun, a book, animals - peace! :)

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Maica Manne 2 years ago

❤

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Sasy 2 years ago

ooo its like a play on the tanning cream and the puppy, sort of kind of in a way :P

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Maura D. 2 years ago

Me encanta!! Tan real y tan normal (=

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Catherina Fijalkauskaite 2 years ago

Rubens meets Monet, meets pin up & Duane Bryers <3 LOVE this one!

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Daria B 2 years ago

I remember this one. Just did't know it was a character from a whole series of pictures.

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Meike Henneman 2 years ago

These pictures are so happy :)

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Hope Floats 2 years ago

"Someday my Prince will come...."

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Sasy 2 years ago

swimming in the rain is the best, why is she so grumpy lol

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Sasy 2 years ago

Love it, one never does remember things like bees when adorning oneself in flora

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Dana Andreea Cotorobai 2 years ago

This image cracked me up 😂

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MadamButterfly 2 years ago

Multi tasking.

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Zualteii Poonte 2 years ago

This one is so me!!

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MadamButterfly 2 years ago

She's so happy and carefree.

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Julie Boyd 2 years ago

Bryers said that there really was no model for Hilda, that he created her in his head. That warms my heart to know that Hilda was his Dream Girl.

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Niki 2 years ago

This ones so great

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MadamButterfly 2 years ago

They look so warm and toasty.

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Sasy 2 years ago

you got to do, what you got to do when its melting hot

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Sadie Madrid 2 years ago

Aww, she has butt dimples!

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LaurieAnn Charest 2 years ago

This would be me!

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Jaina Berry 2 years ago

SAVE THE DOG

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Michel M. Prins 2 years ago

Now we can confirm that Hilda was actually a Disney princess

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Michel M. Prins 2 years ago

I always love how clever it was re-use of a bag of flour

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Michel M. Prins 2 years ago

Aww... This piece speaks to me for some reason.

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Zombie Gurl 2 years ago

I want that kind of rub

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Csilla Szabadi 2 years ago

Love the lighting and dinamics on it.

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Wendy Whitley 2 years ago

Me, every summer.

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LaurieAnn Charest 2 years ago

Love this!

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Vicki Whateley 1 year ago

bunny slippers!

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CelSlade 1 year ago

The detailing is amazing! Look how the seat cuts into her thighs. This guy really loved his subject matter.

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CelSlade 1 year ago

I want her life

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Stephanie Faul 2 years ago

Her costume obviously got messed up by a stray wave. So funny

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Melissa Apple 2 years ago

Fun!

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Amy Baer 2 years ago

This is just more proof she's a Disney princess. The mama bird is there. If a non Disney princess tried that the mama would be attacking

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Susan Bertke 2 years ago

Poor little dog is NOT having a good time...

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Pi... 2 years ago

I love this.

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Dana Dragonduck 2 years ago

Yes, this IS exactly what the boobies do when you are trying to carry a big heavy load.

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Nora Snyder-Trevino 2 years ago

Happy Valentines Day!💗💗

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Patricia Ross 2 years ago

EEEK splinters!

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Janine Randall 2 years ago

Sunday, funday

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MadamButterfly 2 years ago

I just love the heels.

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Barbara Williamson 3 months ago

the storytelling in each and everyone of these is so detailed. #BodyPositivity back when that wasn't a thing, Hilda haz it.

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Susanna Miller 2 years ago

It's mail order, brand new - the box and catalog are on the floor, the tag is indeed on the garment - and they sent a child's instead of an adult's. Look at the length!

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Christina Wood 2 years ago

Exactly me when I see a mouse!

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Dana Dragonduck 2 years ago

This one made me laugh out loud it is such a happy picture

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LaurieAnn Charest 2 years ago

Mmmmm...My fave!!!

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Zualteii Poonte 2 years ago

<3

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Sasy 2 years ago

fantastic

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Stephen Foster 2 years ago

You know I get this feeling something bad is about to happen....

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Elizabeth MacTavish 2 years ago

I wonder if these were modeled after a real women.

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Patrizia Judenhofer 2 years ago

Be a nice hen, don't do it!

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Alex Kenyon 2 years ago

Oh I love this!

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Janine Randall 2 years ago

absolutely adore this one!

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Rahul Vashisht 2 years ago

so nice

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Pi... 2 years ago

Lol! The look on her face!

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Dolly Petersen-Germundson 2 years ago

Creature comforts!

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Sasy 2 years ago

always the way :)

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chachkimooch 2 years ago

I ❤️ this one!

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Janine Randall 2 years ago

A mermaid!

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chachkimooch 2 years ago

I love her expression in this one, kinda reminds me of Doris Day...

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Elizabeth MacTavish 2 years ago

Lol plumbing can be fun. Yeah right lol

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Ruellen 2 years ago

I love how active she is!

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Aimee Naworal 3 weeks ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0TsO5u4c5s INSPIRING!

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Rahul Vashisht 2 years ago

Good Morning :)

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CelSlade 1 year ago

I officially have a new role model - she's independent (paints her own house, does her own plumbing even!) fun, sexy, voluptuous. And not complaining one bit at being single. Yup - I wanna be her when I grow up!

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Barbara Williamson 3 months ago

joie de vivre personified

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Pi... 2 years ago

Had this funny thought that she might get a nice nip on the nose!

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Pi... 2 years ago

Wondering if she's pulling it on or takin it off!

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Janine Randall 2 years ago

A salute to Lucy & Ethel!