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Rockabilly was a musical style that began in the mid-1950�s and was made popular by the likes of Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, and Roy Orbison.  Rockabilly was also a style of dress.  The Daddy-O style shirts and slacks with the baggy sport coats made popular by these same artists, as well as the creeper shoes, were the style of the times.

However, there was more to it than just music and clothing.  Rockabilly pinups became the sex symbols of the era.  The Blonde Bombshell herself, Marilyn Monroe, became a rockabilly pinup.  Rockabilly chicks of the 1950�s often imitated her style of dress because she was seen as such a sex symbol and was practically worshiped by men.  More pictures and posters can be found of Marilyn Monroe than most any other famous woman.
  

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Another popular rockabilly pinup was Bettie Page, seen as naughty and exotic.  In 1955, she won the title of �Miss Pinup Girl of the World�.  In January of that same year, she was the Playboy centerfold.  Her 23-inch waist was a topic of jealousy for many women, who strived to equal the stats of the woman named �the girl with the perfect figure�.  Rockabilly pinup favorites also included Jayne Mansfield.  Born Vera Jayne Palmer, Mansfield was one of the biggest female movie stars of the time, with a career spanning a decade and a half, and obviously left stars in men�s eyes with her beauty.

Rockabilly pinups were goddesses to men and idols to women.  Men wanted them, and women wanted to be them.  Much like poster children of the modern rock movements, they influenced hairstyles, clothing, and attitude through their confident and often provocative poses.  The rockabilly pinup girl was playful, naughty, and full of rebellion that spread through the entire rockabilly movement.

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