15 Years of Pinups

The way we depict women in this country has plenty to do with how we portrayed them just a few decades ago. Gil Elvgren was one influential man who offered his own lens and captured the spirit of the “American girl.” His iconic paintings, ads, and illustrations made him one of the most important pin-up and glamour artists of the twentieth century.

I love how some of these are more blatant than others – some seems to scream “I would do anything to make you smile darling,” while others take a more subtle approach. But his illustrations are doubtlessly part of our consciousness even to this day. Each captures a particular notion of the mid-century American zeitgeist.

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All images: Gil Elvgren

Even When It Seems Impossible, You Can Still Find Ways to Win

Welcome on back to the top of the week. To ease you into your Monday, how ’bout a roundup of all things awesome that the internet had to offer this weekend:

Adorably illustrated thoughts from Susan Sontag on love are (unsurprisingly) poignant and wonderful. Enjoy.

What happens when a girl lets her boyfriend do her entire makeup for her.

Innovation and the Key to Malcolm Gladwell’s Success? Yes, please. Hint: persistence is a major player.

While I haven’t been able to catch much of the Olympics so far, I’ve been replaying this moment over and over due to its sheer brilliance.

Creativity = intelligence + daydreaming.