The term "pinup" was coined during World War II when American soldiers
would pin pictures, usually drawings and sometimes photos, of beautiful women to thier bunks or in thier aircraft. Today, the term "pinup girl" refers to models for publications like Playboy
. However, there is an underground culture of retro-inspired pinup girls that still dress and model like the original pinup pictures. Pinup models, past and present, are all major sex symbols
like Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe
, and famous pinup artists include Vargas and Elvgren.