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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

The term “cheesecake” is synonymous with “pin-up photo”. The earliest documented print usage of this sense of “cheesecake” is in 1934 [1], predating “pin-up”, although anecdotes say the phrase was in spoken slang some 20 years earlier, originally in the phrase (said of a pretty woman) “better than cheesecake”.

Classic cheesecake refers to the works of artists such as Raphael Kirchner, Alberto Vargas, George Petty, Zoë Mozert, Earl Moran and Gil Elvgren, who all portrayed pin-up girls in a particular style.

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