These Incredible Pictures Show How Pin-Up Girls Were 'Photoshopped' In The 1950s

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Photo: Retronaut

The excessively Photoshopped, rail thin women who fill the glossy pages of modern magazines are a far cry from the full figured, feminine ideal of the 1950s.But Retronaut’s incredible collection of before and after pictures of ’50s pin-up girls shows how even their bodies were altered and scrutinized.

While the changes certainly aren’t as excessive as what we are used to seeing today—from removing all signs of ageing (and life) from models’ faces to essentially removing ribs to create the right, skinny look—pin-up artists reduced and accentuated to create the perfect pin-up.

Although Photoshop was decades away, this is the vintage equivalent.

These pictures show American artist Gil Elvgren's paintings of 1950's pin-ups compared to original photographs of the models who served as reference sources.

Although Ingram respected the women's natural curves, it is interesting to look at how their bodies changed as they transformed into the perfect pin-up girl.

Bodies became more slender.

Waists cinched.

Cleavage was enhanced.

Hair lengthened.

Often changes were primarily made on the models' faces.

Their eyes widened and brightened.

The female ideal has evolved.

Although none of these alterations were as drastic as the Photoshop work that we see today.

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