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)

#1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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#8

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Maura D.
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Me encanta!! Tan real y tan normal (=

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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#26

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Michel M. Prins
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Now we can confirm that Hilda was actually a Disney princess

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

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

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#36

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

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

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

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

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

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#41

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

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

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Barbara Williamson
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#47

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

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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#49

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

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

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#51

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Jyllian Curran
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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

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