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JP of the Selvedge Yard on the Eternal Appeal of Veronica Lake

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When I'm asked who is the hottest pinup girl of all time, I don't have to think twice. There is something about those lips, the flirty peek-a-boo eye, and that sexy, sweeping hair that's seductive beyond words. Veronica Lake just had it.

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Other pinups of her day may have been racier (Bettie Page), leggier (Betty Grable), or bustier (Jane Russell), but in my book none of them can touch her stunning beauty, poise, and indelible mystique. Standing a scant 4 feet 11 and weighing just 90 pounds, Veronica Lake deftly filled the camera's lens with more sex appeal in her left eye than most beauties managed to wearing half as much—and trying twice as hard.

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Sadly, her story was a tragic one. Beset by a troubled childhood, broken marriages, and drinking woes (most likely in an attempt to self-medicate), Veronica Lake was washed-up too soon. An oft-told—but unsubstantiated—tale about Lake is that when onetime lover Marlon Brando heard she was working as a barmaid, he promptly had his people deliver her a check for $1,000. Too proud to cash it, Lake instead chose to have it framed as a memory of her days at the top of the heap.

For more on the women that inspire JP, head to the Selvedge Yard.

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