Sunday, June 30, 2013

STYLE ICON: HILDA THE PLUS SIZE PIN-UP


Allow me to introduce you to one of the sexiest women to never exist: Hilda the original plus-size pin-up. The following is an obsessive exploration of her pretend life and wardrobe... and it may be a liiiiiiittle over the top. Not that its a bad thing, but you've been properly warned.

Hilda was visual magic created by Duane Byers in 1957 for a Bigalow & Brown calendar and she challenged the conventional pin-up for more than 20 years. I distinctly remember coming across her years ago and instantly knowing that if she was a real person... we would have been best friends. 



Not only was she gorgeous, but she was also a stylin' maven with fashion sense to spare. I've spent an unhealthy amount of time researching plus clothing options for us so that we can channel her all summer long! I must say- it was nearly impossible to find similar outfits that were both available, adorable, and appropriately sized. I cursed the clothing industry for hours, but after finishing I felt quite pleased with myself. So- be babely now, and thank me later. All image links run clockwise; enjoy the experience. Three cheers for being undeniably fat and sexy!







Daisy chain headband//oil painting kit//nudity is optional, but highly recommended 


I took the liberty of selecting a few extra accessories that I have a feeling Hilda would have loved. I used to own a petal cap like the one below... and I now regret not joining a fatty synchronized swim team like this one to properly show it off!


Vintage chiffon hair scarves are a summer must (if you're into that kind of thing) and you can watch a great tutorial video here if you have questions.

And lastly, lets just take a moment to admire this painting of beautiful Hilda who fell asleep while reading a poetry book and eating crackers in bed. No shame here; just the sweetest smile as she dreams about her next picnic adventure.


I just love her. 

Tell me: who is your favorite pin-up? And who would you style your wardrobe after?

24 comments:

  1. I love her! I stumbled across her a couple of weeks ago on Pinterest but I had no idea how many other pictures there were of her out there! I've got a little board of all of my favourite pin ups but I think this beauty would have to be one of my favs! http://pinterest.com/pin/224617100137779425/

    xx

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  2. Oh, what gorgeous illustrations! Hilda is a babe. Her figure actually reminds me of mine- little waist with big hips and a rolling tummy! She makes me feel good about my shape! GO HILDA!

    Becky
    xx

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  3. This is amazing. I love this! MORE, lol.

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  4. Oh I adore her. Those daisy chains amuse me to no end.

    Katie @ Horrific Knits

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  5. Crazy thing is she's not even "plus-sized". She's just a regular sized girl. Pretty sexy if you ask me ;)
    Www.whosthafairest.con

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  6. I love the fact that he gave her a full chin and round face. So she isn't just curvy in a few places, she actually looks like a real "plus sized" woman.

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  7. I love her face, especially. Great expression.

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  8. Oh gosh, I love her! Especially her derpy face in the sandwich photo

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  9. this post is amazing! what a beautiful short haired beauty! now if we can just get some pinups with body hair ;-)

    i think i'll take hilda's wardrobe— it seems to mostly be swimsuits and i can really got down with running about half naked!

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  10. SO SO cute, and I love how you turned this into a fun bathingsuit moodboard. Hilda is a hottie! Love ya gal, always inspiring the heck out of me!

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  11. I love this post! I wrote a blog post about her a few months ago and how much she inspired me! I have pictures of her all over my house now! She's perfect. Thanks for links, too. I want that shower cap!

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  12. You did a great job. Thanks for introducing me to Hilda; I had never seen her.

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  13. I love love love Hilda! My friend gave me a vintage Hilda calendar for my birthday one year and I have it safely stashed away until I can afford to frame each page. I treasure it! <3

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  14. I love love love Hilda! My friend gave me a vintage Hilda calendar for my birthday one year and I have it safely stashed away until I can afford to frame each page. I treasure it! <3

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  15. This is awesome Jes. I just recently discovered Hilda via Tumblr. I wish I had seen her as a yougnster, what a confidence booster to see a pin-up closer to my own size. Kudos to you for all the work you put into this. That last picture of Hilda is totally me.

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  16. This is just fantastic! I just got a 50s inspired swimsuit for my beach vacation. I'm absolutely going to channel Hilda all week! I can especially relate to the pic where she's painting her house. That has been my whole last year or so!

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  17. the pin-up pictures are just exquisite! it has piqued my interest into pin-up girls!

    the swimsuit suggestions are great and couldn't have come at a better time for me as I am currently looking for swimwear x

    www.thatgoodgirlchi.blogspot.co.uk

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  18. There need to be more pin-ups like that and I love your swim suit suggestions!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes
    Don't forget about the switch to BlogLovin'!

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  19. I love the pictures & think they're adorable, but for the most part they seem to portray her as goofy & uncoordinated. Any sexiness seems cheeky & completely unplanned by her. I wish the artist would have actually shown Hilda in a purposeful sexy, come hither pose. That's my only Hilda complaint, hehe.

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  20. This is too cute! I love the outfit posts with the photos.

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  21. I've loved Hilda for years! Not only the funny situations she finds herself in, but the fact that she is kind of making fun of traditional pins ups in a funny way. It doesn't hurt that she has a cute dog too.

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  22. I wish I could remember which Etsy shop that I love uses a Hilda pic as a banner - it's all plus size goodness. Hilda is my new hero and I love her no-bullshit, getting-things-done-while-looking-cute attitude.

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  23. Great post! I have a pic of her in my office that I got from a thrift shop, you have some great pics of her!!

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