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
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3 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
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3 years ago

Amazing censoring

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Sasy
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3 years ago

Gorgeous

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Highscora
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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Maica Manne
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3 years ago

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Sasy
Community Member
3 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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Sarai Morrissette
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3 years ago

Uh oh.

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Maura D.
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3 years ago

Me encanta!! Tan real y tan normal (=

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Catherina Fijalkauskaite
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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Daria B
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3 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
Community Member
3 years ago

These pictures are so happy :)

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#12

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Hope Floats
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3 years ago

"Someday my Prince will come...."

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Sasy
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3 years ago

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

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Sasy
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3 years ago

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

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Dana Andreea Cotorobai
Community Member
3 years ago

This image cracked me up 😂

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MadamButterfly
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3 years ago

Multi tasking.

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Zualteii Poonte
Community Member
3 years ago

This one is so me!!

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MadamButterfly
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3 years ago

She's so happy and carefree.

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Julie Boyd
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3 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
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3 years ago

This ones so great

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MadamButterfly
Community Member
3 years ago

They look so warm and toasty.

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Sasy
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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Sadie Madrid
Community Member
3 years ago

Aww, she has butt dimples!

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LaurieAnn Charest
Community Member
3 years ago

This would be me!

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Jaina Berry
Community Member
3 years ago

SAVE THE DOG

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Michel M. Prins
Community Member
3 years ago

Now we can confirm that Hilda was actually a Disney princess

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Michel M. Prins
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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Michel M. Prins
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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Zombie Gurl
Community Member
3 years ago

I want that kind of rub

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Csilla Szabadi
Community Member
3 years ago

Love the lighting and dinamics on it.

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Wendy Whitley
Community Member
3 years ago

Me, every summer.

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LaurieAnn Charest
Community Member
3 years ago

Love this!

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Vicki Whateley
Community Member
2 years ago

bunny slippers!

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CelSlade
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years ago

I want her life

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Stephanie Faul
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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Melissa Apple
Community Member
3 years ago

Fun!

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Amy Baer
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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Pi...
Community Member
3 years ago

I love this.

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Dana Dragonduck
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 years ago

Happy Valentines Day!💗💗

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#43

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Patricia Ross
Community Member
3 years ago

EEEK splinters!

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Janine Randall
Community Member
3 years ago

Sunday, funday

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MadamButterfly
Community Member
3 years ago

I just love the heels.

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Barbara Williamson
Community Member
1 year 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
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3 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
Community Member
3 years ago

Exactly me when I see a mouse!

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Dana Dragonduck
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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Rosie Urquhart
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh boy, been there done that 😆

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Jyllian Curran
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12 months ago

This one is my favorite. So intimate the way that Hilda focuses directly on the viewer while showing her baby picture.

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LaurieAnn Charest
Community Member
3 years ago

Mmmmm...My fave!!!

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Zualteii Poonte
Community Member
3 years ago

<3

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Sasy
Community Member
3 years ago

fantastic

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Stephen Foster
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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Elizabeth MacTavish
Community Member
3 years ago

I wonder if these were modeled after a real women.

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Patrizia Judenhofer
Community Member
3 years ago

Be a nice hen, don't do it!

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Alex Kenyon
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh I love this!

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Janine Randall
Community Member
3 years ago

absolutely adore this one!

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Rahul Vashisht
Community Member
3 years ago

so nice

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Pi...
Community Member
3 years ago

Lol! The look on her face!

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Dolly Petersen-Germundson
Community Member
3 years ago

Creature comforts!

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Sasy
Community Member
3 years ago

always the way :)

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Joni Wagner
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12 months ago

I love this!

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Joni Wagner
Community Member
12 months ago

That's a good letter!

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chachkimooch
Community Member
3 years ago

I ❤️ this one!

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Janine Randall
Community Member
3 years ago

A mermaid!

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chachkimooch
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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Elizabeth MacTavish
Community Member
3 years ago

Lol plumbing can be fun. Yeah right lol

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Ruellen
Community Member
3 years ago

I love how active she is!

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Aimee Naworal
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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