Pin-Up girls became fashionable in the 1940’s where men would pin pictures of beautiful, glamorous women on the walls by their beds or to the inside of the airplanes before they were sent into battle. They became a symbol for the types of things the soldiers were missing back home, and let’s face it, they must have helped out a few of those soldiers on a long, lonely night.
Cut to the 21st Century and Pin-Up girls have had a resurgence, the 1940’s fashions of not only clothes but hair and make up have inspired women from all over the world to become another symbol – one of body positivity and empowerment.
Bombshells and Dollies is a documentary that follows the annual Miss Viva Las Vegas Pin-Up Contest over the course of two years that interviews the contestants, the event holders and even a couple of those icons of the Pin-Up world. Bombshells and Dollies looks at the women behind the hair, make up and glamorous clothes and explores what most people may think is only skin deep.
Talking to many of the contestants who go by their Pin-Up monikers of Cherry Dollface, Bo Huff and Pin-Up Little Bit, Bombshells and Dollies gives the women a chance to speak for themselves, showing the audience that the Pin-Up lifestyle truly is their calling. Stories of heartbreak, abuse and a crippling lack of confidence are at the heart of many of these stories, and so the documentary shows that the Pin-Up lifestyle can be an escape where they can be themselves and not looked down upon by others.
There are also stories of the other sides of the contestants’ lives that may surprise some of the audience. Stories of the intelligent, successful and enterprising women who take part in the Pin-Up lifestyle who show that first impressions can be misleading.
Bombshells and Dollies may not entirely convert people who judge the Pin-Up lifestyle at face value, but it shows how much fun and confidence it gives the people who indulge in the lifestyle, celebrating a side of life most people wouldn’t dare venture into.
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