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Black women, like all women, were a part of the pin-up girl movement — but racist beauty ideals kept Black women from being widely photographed.

For instance, photographer Howard Morehead heard a fellow photographer say that Black women aren't photogenic enough for pin-up modeling.

"It is next to impossible to supply consistently attractive pinups and fashion photography using negro models for the simple reason that there aren't that many attractive negro girls who have charm and are photogenic," the photographer said.

However, Black media outlets, like Jet Magazine, often included Black pin-up models in their pages.

Jet Magazine featured Black women posing in pin-up every week. It legitimized Black pin-up models, and gave them a national outlet.

Now though, there's a generation of Black pin-up models who are proving that photographer wrong.

Angelique Noire is a professional pin-up model who has been in the fashion industry for 19 years. She told The Pin Up Club that pin-up modeling exudes a sexiness that she relates to.

"I kinda feel like I am the first Black modern day pin-up," she said. "Being that I have yet to see a chocolate color woman packaged in the 1940s/50s pinup style, I feel like I am able to put my mark on this undeveloped territory. Though I have been a professional model working for various clients doing clothing catalogues, commercials, print advertisements, runway shows, etc, I rarely booked jobs that presented me in the pinup style."

Similarly, Ashleeta Beauchamp is determined to leave her stamp on pin-up modeling.

While she aspires to finish her Ph.D., Beauchamp told The Pin Up Club that she also wants to model full-time.

"Another goal of mine or rather a fantasy would be to continue to work as a pin-up model and even more so, to have the ability to burlesque dance for a living," she said. "Right now, it's more of a moonlighting job, but I really love it and its something I have so much passion for. The ability to express myself so creatively (and with so much glitter) has brought a lot of joy into my life."

Black women are slaying pin-up modeling — as they should.